The inefficiency of contemporary power amplifiers ( PAs), when operating in their linear region, is a major obstacle to mobile operation of wireless local area networks ( WLANs) based on IEEE 802.11n. Therefore the use of more efficient envelope elimination and restoration ( EER) transmitter architectures is considered. In addition to high efficiency it is also necessary to satisfy the spectral mask and achieve satisfactory link- level performance. Link- level simulations of a contemporary WLAN PA show that, at the power back- offs necessary to achieve sufficient linearity, the power added efficiency ( PAE) is only similar to 1% for a system with four transmit antennas. In contrast, simulations of a phase feedback EER PA architecture show that it is possible to achieve an average PAE of 70%, while satisfying the spectral mask, with only a small degradation in link- level performance.