Modeling and Joint Mitigation of TX and RX Nonlinearity-Induced Receiver Desensitization

Adnan Kiayani, Lauri Anttila, Marko Kosunen, Kari Stadius, Jussi Ryynanen, Mikko Valkama

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In this paper, we provide detailed modeling of the spurious intermodulation distortion products appearing in the own receiver (RX) operating band as a result of coexisting transmitter (TX) and RX nonlinearities with noncontiguous carrier aggregation transmissions. Furthermore, an efficient digital front-end signal processing technique is proposed, which can flexibly mitigate the resulting RX in-band self-interference caused either by individual or simultaneously coexisting TX and RX nonlinearities. The technique is based on accurately estimating the effective leakage channel that models the nonlinearities of the TX and RX chains and the duplexer filters characteristics. In the parameter estimation stage, an observation RX chain is adopted for separately estimating the TX passband leakage response, which facilitates efficient joint estimation and regeneration of the TX- and RX-induced self-interference. In the online digital cancellation, the actual transmit data are used in conjunction with the estimated channel responses to generate a replica of the overall nonlinear self-interference, which is subsequently suppressed by subtracting it from the actual observation. In general, the proposed technique can efficiently estimate and suppress the self-interference at arbitrary spurious sub-bands located at the RX band. The performance evaluations with comprehensive numerical simulations and practical RF measurements indicate highly accurate and efficient operation, with up to 28 dB of measured self-interference suppression.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7845648
Pages (from-to)2427-2442
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • 5G
  • Carrier aggregation (CA)
  • desensitization
  • digital cancellation
  • flexible duplexing
  • frequency division duplexing (FDD)
  • intermodulation distortion (IMD)
  • long-term evolution (LTE)-advanced
  • low-noise amplifier (LNA)
  • power amplifier
  • self-interference
  • spurious emissions


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