In radio over fiber systems, a highly linear optical transmitter is necessary to achieve the required signal dynamic range. In order to compensate for second and third order laser distortions, quadratic and cubic law circuits are usually required to work at up to 2 or 3 times the carrier frequency due to their nonlinear property. This paper presents an alternative design approach that uses multiple tank circuits to relieve the bandwidth requirement at the same time providing tunability to account for component variation, thermal effect and aging of semiconductor lasers. A laser pre-distorter example that works at 2GHz range with about 300MHz bandwidth was designed using standard CMOS technology. The average reductions of 20-30dB for the 2 nd and 3 rd order harmonic distortion can be obtained in simulation.

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Keywords Analogue predistortion, CMOS RF circuit, Linearization, Optical transmission, Radio-over-fiber
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Conference 1st Microsystems and Nanoelectronics Research Conference, MNRC 2008
Xu, Z. (Zhan), & MacEachern, L. (2008). A predistortion circuit design technique for high performance analogue optical transmission. Presented at the 1st Microsystems and Nanoelectronics Research Conference, MNRC 2008. doi:10.1109/MNRC.2008.4683416