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Power Efficiency Improvements through Peak-to-Average Power Ratio Reduction and Power Amplifier Linearization

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20072007:020463

  • Received: 9 June 2005
  • Accepted: 24 November 2006
  • Published:


Many modern communication signal formats, such as orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) and code-division multiple access (CDMA), have high peak-to-average power ratios (PARs). A signal with a high PAR not only is vulnerable in the presence of nonlinear components such as power amplifiers (PAs), but also leads to low transmission power efficiency. Selected mapping (SLM) and clipping are well-known PAR reduction techniques. We propose to combine SLM with threshold clipping and digital baseband predistortion to improve the overall efficiency of the transmission system. Testbed experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.


  • Power Amplifier
  • Ratio Reduction
  • Power Ratio
  • Power Efficiency
  • Nonlinear Component

Authors’ Affiliations

Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Austin, TX 78729, USA
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA


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