Linearity improvement of VCSELs based radio over fiber systems utilizing digital predistortion

Muhammad Usman Hadi, Jacopo Nanni, Olivier Venard, Geneviève Baudoin, Jean Luc Polleux, Pier Andrea Traverso, Giovanni Tartarini

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The article proposes a Digital Predistortion (DPD) methodology that substantially meliorates the linearity of limited range Mobile Front Haul links for the extant Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and future (5G) networks. Specifically, the DPD is employed to Radio over Fiber links that contrive of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) working at 850 nm. Both, Memory and Generalized Memory Polynomial models are implied to Single Mode (SM) and Multi-Mode (MM) VCSELs respectively. The effectiveness of the proposed DPD methodology is analyzed in terms of Normalized Mean Square Error, Normalized Magnitude, Normalized phase and Adjacent Channel Power Ratio. The demonstration has been carried out with a complete (Long Term Evolution) LTE frame of 10 ms having 5 MHz bandwidth with 64-QAM modulation configuration. Additionally, the effectuality of the proposed DPD technique is evaluated for varying levels of input power and link lengths. The experimental outcomes signify the novel capability of the implied DPD methodology for different link lengths to achieve higher system linearization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-163
Number of pages8
JournalAdvances in Science, Technology and Engineering Systems
Issue number3
Early online date10 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished online - 10 Jun 2019

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  • Digital Predistortion
  • Generalized Memory Polynomial
  • Radio-over-Fiber
  • VCSELs


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