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In many communications systems, data can be divided into different importance levels. For these systems, unequal error protection (UEP) techniques are used to guarantee lower BER for the more important classes. In particular, if the precise characteristics of the channel are not known, UEP can be used to recover the more important classes even in poor receiving conditions. In this paper, we derive bounds on the performance of unequal error protecting turbo codes. These bounds serve as an important tool in predicting the performance of these codes. In order to derive the bounds, we introduce the notion of UEP uniform interleaver which is a random interleaver that does not change the order of classes in the turbo code frame. We also present a method to derive the weight enumerating function for UEP turbo codes.
Date of Publication: May 2009