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Cyclic prefixed block transmission for wireless communications : performance analysis and optimization

by Devillers, Bertrand

Abstract (Summary)
Digital wireless communications have considerably changed not only the way people communicate, but also the way research is conducted in the field of telecommunications. In fact, the nature of the wireless medium has created a number of new challenging and fascinating research topics. In particular, a prerequisite for achieving higher and higher transmission rates in wireless systems is to develop strategies for efficiently dealing with the frequency selectivity of the wireless channel. A good candidate is the so-called cyclic prefixed block transmission, and in particular its two most popular variants which are the cyclic prefixed single-carrier (CPSC) and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) modulations. In this context, this thesis aims at analyzing and optimizing the use of cyclic prefixed block transmission for wireless communications. Firstly, this thesis contributes to the current state-of-the-art on the performance comparison between CPSC and OFDM, focusing on the derivation of analytical results when possible. If the channel state information is not available at the transmitter side, CPSC with minimum mean square error linear receiver is shown to achieve the best trade-off between performance and complexity, as it exploits the multipath diversity under some realistic hypotheses. Secondly, this thesis aims at using a system-based or cross-layer criterion, called goodput, for allocating resource in a coded OFDM system. Interestingly, the well-known waterfilling solution, when adequately parametrized, is proved to be near-optimal from a goodput point of view. Finally, this thesis discusses the possibility of improving the performance of a CPSC system by exploiting the cyclic prefix for equalization purposes.
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School:Université catholique de Louvain

School Location:Belgium

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:communications wireless ofdm cyclic prefix block transmission

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Date of Publication:03/06/2009

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