Intermodulation distortion in switched multibeam antennas for cellular radio systems

M. Wennstrom, A. Rydberg, T. Oberg
11th IEEE International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications. PIMRC 2000. Proceedings (Cat. No.00TH8525)  
The performance of switched multibeam antennas for cellular radio systems is investigated when the transmit amplifier is of a multicarrier (MCPA) type. The MCPA nonlinearity generates intermodulation distortion in the transmitted signal that is spatially filtered by the array radiation pattern. Hence, the intermodulation distortion becomes direction-dependent, and the direction of the generated intermodulation products of any order is derived. It is shown by using Monte Carlo simulations how
more » ... simulations how the downlink carrier to interference ratio depends on the frequency reuse distance and on the MCPA linearity measured as its noise power ratio (NPR). For reuse factor one systems, which is made possible by use of multibeam antennas, the linear co-channel interference dominates the interference. On the contrary, for a reuse factor seven system it is shown that a weak nonlinearity directly gives a degradation in carrier to interference ratio (CIR) due to intermodulation distortion. However the reuse factor seven system has a large CIR overhead due to the increase in CIR using a multibeam antenna, and the outage probability is thereby only slightly affected.
doi:10.1109/pimrc.2000.881667 dblp:conf/pimrc/WennstromRO00 fatcat:varse3sdgze6xfvdlvl4jrkdxe