SPSC Lab

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In 2000, the Signal Processing and Speech Communication Laboratory (SPSC Lab) of Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) was founded as a research and education center in nonlinear signal processing and computational intelligence, algorithm engineering, as well as circuits & systems modeling and design. It covers applications in wireless communications, speech/audio communication, and telecommunications.

The Research of SPSC Lab addresses fundamental and applied research problems in five scientific areas:

 

Result of the Month August 2016

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We present an analytical model of the joint linearity-efficiency behavior of radio frequency power amplifiers. The model is derived by Fourier series analysis of a generic amplifier circuit including both strong nonlinearity due to current-clipping as well as weak nonlinearity due to transconductance variation. By selection of the biasing point, common amplifier classes like class A, class B and class AB can be modeled. For numerical evaluation, the model reduces to two lookup-tables, which makes it well suited for high-level system simulations. In an application example we demonstrate how the model can be used to simulate the error-vector-magnitude and the average efficiency for specific single-carrier and multi-carrier modulation schemes.