Patent Number: 6,311,046

Title: Linear amplification systems and methods using more than two constant length vectors

Abstract: An input signal of varying amplitude and varying phase is converted into more than two signals of constant amplitude and controlled phase. Each of the more than two signals of constant amplitude and controlled phase is then separately amplified in separate amplifiers. The separately amplified more than two signals of constant amplitude and controlled phase are then combined to produce an output signal that is an amplification of the input signal at the desired power level. When converting the input signal into more than two signals, the phase of each of the more than two signals of constant amplitude and controlled phase is controlled to produce the output signal that is an amplification of the input signal at the desired power level. According to another aspect, a signal of varying amplitude and varying phase is generated from a plurality of constant amplitude varying phase signals, the sum of which is the signal of varying amplitude and varying phase. An IQ waveform generator generates a cosine carrier modulation waveform I(t) and a sine carrier modulation waveform Q(t) from the signal of varying amplitude and varying phase. A function generator generates a complimentary waveform Q'(t) from the cosine carrier modulation waveform I(t) such that the sum of squares of I(t) and Q'(t) is constant. A first modulator modulates a cosine carrier signal with I(t) to obtain a first modulated cosine carrier. A second modulator modulates a sine carrier signal with Q'(t) to obtain a first modulated sine carrier. A circuit such as a butterfly circuit forms the sum and difference of the first modulated cosine carrier and the first modulated sine carrier to obtain the constant amplitude varying phase signals.

Inventors: Dent; Paul Wilkinson (Pittsboro, NC)

Assignee: Ericsson Inc.

International Classification: H04B 1/02 (20060101); H04B 001/02 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018