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1 Aeroflex Company Confidential System-level Challenges in the Design of a Wideband RF Transceiver for LTE and LTE-A Senior Algorithm Engineer Aeroflex Test Solutions Stevenage, UK Dr. Jin Wang

2 Agenda 1. Design Objectives 2. Design Challenges 3. Summary 4. Q&A

3 GPP LTE Air Interface Overview Modulation DL: OFDM UL: DFTS-OFDM Signal Bandwidth1.4,3,5,10,15,20 MHz Signal PAPR (Crest Factor)DL: ~11 dB, UL: ~8 dB FFT Size2048 (Normal CP) Sub-Carrier Spacing15 kHz (Normal CP) DL MIMO 2x2 (Rel-8) 4x4, 4x2 (Rel-9) UL MIMO2x2 (Rel-9) Max Data RateDL: 150~300 Mbps UL: 50~100 Mbps

4 1.2 Product Overview: TM500 Industry Standard Base Station Tester for LTE and HSPA LTE Rel-8,9,10 and beyond From RF to Protocol Layers

5 1.3 Wideband Radio Card Operating Frequencies: 400MHz~4GHz Signal Bandwidth: up to 20 MHz Transceiver Units: 2 RX, 1 TX Form Factor: double height and double width of a uTCA slot

6 1.4 Translate System Req. to RF Req. Receiver Sensitivity Maximum Throughput System Bandwidth MIMO Hand-over … Noise Figure EVM Floor Filter Spec. LO Phase Noise LO Settling Time … Product Managers/End UsersRF Engineers System Engineers

7 2. RF Design Challenges Homodyne or Heterodyne? Whats the minimum requirement on Noise Figure? Whats the minimum requirement on EVM floor? The biggest blocker might be your own TX! Do we need to worry about IQ imbalance? What about phase noise? Further challenges in LTE-A

8 2.1 Homodyne or Heterodyne? Homodyne (direct conversion/zero-IF) Pros: - fewer processing stages - No image frequency problem - Mainstream design in recent years Cons: - IQ imbalance - DC offset or carrier leakage

9 2.2 Noise Figure < ? Max noise figure allowed depends on the RX sensitivity requirement, e.g. 3GPP requires that no less than 95% of maximum throughput is achieved on a reference measurement channel (BW=10MHz) when minimum input power of P REFSENS =-97dBm is applied (from 3GPP ). SNR min = -1 dB (I)

10 2.2 Noise Figure (Contd) P thermal = kTB NF P N = P thermal + NF P REFSENS SNR (II) NF = P REFSENS – P thermal – SNR min NF<7 dB

11 2.3 EVM Floor

12 EVM Floor, Noise Figure and SNR 1.8% SNR increases with the input signal power. SNR clamped by the EVM floor. Note: SNR is defined at the output of the RF front-end, i.e. baseband LTE requires near 30 dB SNR to achieve the max T-put (150Mbps with 2 layers).

13 EVM Floor, Noise Figure and T-put NF is the differential factor. EVM is the differential factor. No effect on T-put. Consider three RF front-end with different NF and EVM characteristics.

14 2.4 TX Blocking The TX power can be 120 dB higher than the RX power; The TX and RX frequency separation can be as small as 30 MHz; duplex Transmitter Receiver RX REFSENS: ~ -97 dBm TX Max Power: ~ 23 dBm

15 2.4 TX Blocking (Contd) Consequences: Particularly serious for wideband transceivers Cause compression in the RX amplifiers and demodulator Desensitize the receiver Limit the max TX power allowed Solutions: Application-specific: - Block-tolerant front-end; - TX Power back-off for lab operations; - Half-duplex mode for budget handsets; Advanced techniques: - Adaptive interference cancellation duplexer

16 2.5 IQ Imbalance ε: Amplitude error θ: Phase error Wanted Signal Image Signal

17 Self-Interference induced by IQ Imbalance Single tone measurement - Input: cos(2π(f c +f m )t) - Output Expected : cos(2πf m t)+j sin(2πf m t) SIR=41 dB

18 SIR of IQ Imbalance Desired Region

19 2.6 LO Phase Noise Source: Analog Devices® ADF4350 datasheet Integrated Phase Noise Power (15KHz~10MHz): P = (dBc) RMS Phase Error: θ RMS = 0.50 (deg) EVM = 0.88%

20 Phase Noise on OFDM Constellation Two types of effects: - Common Phase Error (CPE) - Inter sub-Carrier Interference (ICI) CPE can be easily corrected, ICI not Loop BW lock time CPE dominatedICI dominated

21 2.7 LTE-A: High Order MIMO Downlink: 8x8 - 8 RX processing chains – high density - L1 data rate 600 Mbps - ADC Sample data rate: 30.72MSamp/s x (2x16 bits/sample)x8 = 7.86 Gbps Uplink: 4x4 - 4 TX processing chains – high density - L1 data rate 300 Mbps - DAC sample data rate: 30.72MSamp/s x (2x16 bits/sample)x4 = 3.93 Gbps

22 2.8 LTE-A: Carrier Aggregation LTE-A allows up to 5 component carriers. Each component carrier can be 1.4, 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz. The maximum aggregated system bandwidth is 100 MHz. The three possible carrier aggregation types are: - Intra-band contiguous carrier aggregation - Intra-band non-contiguous carrier aggregation - Inter-band carrier aggregation

23 LTE-A in the News World-record 1.4 Gbps in LTE-Advanced demo (03/2012 source: ) World-record 1.4 Gbps in LTE-Advanced demo - 5 component carriers - 20MHz 4x4 MIMO each - and TM500! TM500 supports the development of multiband lightRadio ® technology.

24 Summary Introduction to LTE and the Test Mobile: TM500; How to determine various RF system parameters such as: noise figure, EVM floor, TX leakage, IQ imbalance and phase noise; Further challenges from LTE-A: high order MIMO and CA;


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