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Polar vs Cartesian RF Modulator Efficiency

I’ve been fielding quite a few questions lately about polar modulation. Indeed, polar modulators are theoretically more efficient. However, this does not need to be the case. I will highlight (technically, self-promote) a Cartesian scheme that can produce an RF signal as efficiently as a polar modulator—with fewer implementation issues.

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Chopping to alleviate IM2,

IM2 Consider the fully differential amplifier shown below:

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