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Performance improvement in decision feedback equalisers by using `soft decision'

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2 Author(s)
Dahlman, E. ; Telecommun. Theory, R. Inst. of Technol., Stockholm, Sweden ; Gudmundson, B.

One method to combat intersymbol interference (ISI) in digital transmission is to use a decision feedback equaliser (DFE). It is well known that a major part of the errors made by a DFE is due to the fact that the equaliser makes instantaneous decisions without taking into account data received later. It is therefore obvious that the performance of a DFE could be improved by allowing some type of `soft decision'. A method to introduce `soft decisions' in a decision feedback equaliser is presented. The method gives a performance improvement in SNR of about 1.5 dB with almost no increase in complexity compared to an ordinary DFE

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Electronics Letters  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 17 )