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We propose a novel precoding approach for single transmit/receiver antenna orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) systems that enables blind channel estimation. A nonredundant nonunitary linear precoder is applied on each pair of blocks before they enter the OFDM system. The structure induced to the transmitted blocks allows for blind channel estimation at the receiver based on simple cross-correlation operations. At the same time, the multipath diversity of the system is increased. An optimal precoding scheme is pursued that, for quadrature phase-shift keying signals results in minimum channel error and asymptotically minimum bit error rate. Analytic performance evaluation of the proposed approach, and Cramer-Rao bound for the proposed channel estimate, are presented.
Date of Publication: May 2005