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Novel Techniques to Minimize the Error Propagation of Decision Feedback Equalizer in 8VSB DTV System

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3 Author(s)
Jong-Seob Baek ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Yonsei Univ., Seoul ; Sung-Woo Park ; Jong-Soo Seo

In this paper, novel and yet simple techniques are presented to minimize the error propagation caused by the large precursors and postcursors of the decision feedback equalizer (DFE) in 8VSB DTV system. A technique that selects a reference tap (symbol timing of DFE) from an estimated channel impulse response (CIR) is presented to minimize the effect of the large precursors. Another technique that selects the reference tap position, i.e., decision delay in a feedforward filter (FFF), from the estimated CIR and the amplitude of the selected reference tap is proposed to minimize the effect of large postcursors. The combined structure of a feedback filter (FBF) and Viterbi decoder for use in 8VSB DTV system is also proposed to replace the past unreliable decision symbols in FBF as well as to reduce the decision error probability. Simulation results show that our proposed DFE can prevent effectively the error propagation, in particular, by changing the reference tap and its position in FFF according to the channel condition. It is also shown that an echo removing capability of the proposed DFE, where 400 and 620taps are used for the FFF and FBF, respectively, is greater than that of conventional DFEs by about -20 mus in the single pre-echo of -10 dB channel and by about 10 mus in the single post-echo of -1 dB channel

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Broadcasting, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 2 )