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Blind Estimation and Compensation of I/Q Imbalance in OFDM Receivers with Enhancements Through Kalman Filtering

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2 Author(s)
Windisch, Marcus ; Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems, Technische Universitÿt Dresden, Germany. Email: ; Fettweis, G.

I/Q imbalance has been identified as one of the key challenges in the practical implementation of the direct-conversion receiver architecture. This holds in particular at the reception of multi-carrier signals, such as OFDM. While allowing highly integrated and low-cost solutions, direct-conversionmay cause serious signal distortions due to an imbalanced I/Q down-conversion. This paper shows how blind, i.e. non reference-based, signal processing techniques can be applied for a digital estimation and compensation of I/Q imbalance. Further enhancements of the blind estimator can be achieved through the application of Kalman filtering, including tracking and compensation of time-varying and frequency-selective I/Q imbalance.

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Statistical Signal Processing, 2007. SSP '07. IEEE/SP 14th Workshop on

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26-29 Aug. 2007