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This letter presents a robust decision-feedback equalization design that mitigates the error-propagation problem for multiuser direct-sequence code-division multiple-access systems under multipath fading. Explicit constraints for signal energy preservation are imposed on the filter weight vector to monitor and maintain the quality of the hard decisions in the nonlinear feedback loop. Such a measure protects the desired signal power against the detrimental effect of erroneous past decisions, thus providing the leverage to curb error propagation.
Date of Publication: April 2004