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A simple iterative decoding technique using hard-decision feedback is presented for bit-interleaved coded modulation (BICM). With an 8-state, rate-2/3 convolutional code, and 8-PSK modulation, the improvement over the conventional BICM scheme exceeds 1 dB for a fully-interleaved Rayleigh flat-fading channel and exceeds 1.5 dB for a channel with additive white Gaussian noise. This robust performance makes BICM with iterative decoding suitable for both types of channels.
Date of Publication: Nov. 1997