A 1.3nJ/b IEEE 802.11ah fully digital polar transmitter for IoE applications

Ao Ba, Yao Hong Liu, Johan van den Heuvel, Paul Mateman, Benjamin Busze, Jordy Gloudemans, Peter Vis, Johan Dijkhuis, Christian Bachmann, Guido Dolmans, Kathleen Philips, Harmke de Groot

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This paper presents an ultra-low-power (ULP) IEEE 802.11ah fully-digital polar transmitter (TX). IEEE 802.11ah is a new Wi-Fi protocol optimized for Internet-of-Everything (IoE) applications. Compared to other IoE standards like Bluetooth or ZigBee, its sub-GHz carrier frequency and mandatory modes with 1MHz/2MHz channel bandwidths allow devices to operate in a longer range with scalable data-rates from 150kb/s to 2.1Mb/s. Moreover, the use of OFDM improves link robustness against fading, especially in urban environments, and achieves a higher spectral efficiency. The key design challenges of an IEEE 802.11ah TX for IoE applications are to meet the tight spectral mask and error-vector-magnitude (EVM) requirements as for conventional Wi-Fi standards (e.g., 802.11n/g), while achieving low power consumption required by IoE applications. The presented TX applies a fully-digital polar architecture with a 1V supply, and it achieves more than 10× power reduction compared to the state-of-the-art OFDM transceivers [1-4]. Without any complicated PA pre-distortion techniques as in [5], it passes all the PHY requirements of the mandatory modes in IEEE 802.11ah with 4.4% EVM, while consuming 7.1mW with 0dBm output power.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2016
Subtitle of host publicationdigest of technical papers
EditorsLaura C. Fujino
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-9467-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-9466-6
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2016
Event63th IEEE International Solid- State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2016) - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 31 Jan 20164 Feb 2016
Conference number: 63


Conference63th IEEE International Solid- State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2016)
Abbreviated titleISSCC
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


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