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Simplified bit error rate analysis of PAPM-UWB with MRC and EGC in lognormal fading channel

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2 Author(s)
F. Rajwani ; iCORE Wireless Commun. Lab., Alberta Univ., Edmonton, Alta., Canada ; N. C. Beaulieu

Ultra-wideband (UWB) communications is a new technology being developed for high-speed, short distance wireless communications. One possible modulation scheme is pulse amplitude and position modulation (PAPM), which has a flat power spectral density that is highly suited to UWB. Closed-form expressions for the error rate performance of a PAPM UWB receiver based on maximal ratio combining (MRC) in a lognormal fading channel have been derived using Wilkinson's approximation for lognormal sums. The receiver is analyzed using a more accurate approximation to the lognormal sum distribution. Our approach is extended to obtain accurate closed-form expressions for the performance of equal gain combining (EGC). The performances of MRC and EGC diversity are calculated and compared to the results obtained using Wilkinson's approximation.

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IEEE International Conference on Communications, 2005. ICC 2005. 2005  (Volume:5 )

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16-20 May 2005