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High-speed multimedia data transmission is vulnerable to burst errors primarily due to its frame structure. Forward error correction (FEC) codes mitigate the effects of multipath fading as some form of time diversity by adding redundancies into the transmitted data. This paper evaluates the performance of Reed-Solomon codes on transmitting ATM data for lightweight wearable computers using single carrier modulation. The aim is to maximize link and minimize the impact of atmospheric conditions on bit error rate (BER) performance. The performance is compared with signals transmitted without any forward error correction scheme. This scheme is particularly suitable for small wearable computers with high portability due to simplicity of circuitry making it suitable for consumers on the move.
Date of Publication: Nov. 2003