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Iterative Synchronization of Multiuser Ultra-Wideband Signals

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3 Author(s)
Ersen Ekrem ; Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA ; Mutlu Koca ; Hakan Delic c}

In this paper, two novel iterative chip-level synchronization methods, one blind and the other data-aided, are proposed for chip-interleaved time-hopping (TH) ultra-wideband signals that are subject to intersymbol interference (ISI) and multiple access interference (MAI). Both algorithms are soft-input, soft-output devices which receive the a posteriori probability of each chip from the minimum mean-square error (MMSE) filter that suppresses both ISI and MAI. Using this soft information and the structure of TH codes, the blind synchronizer produces the probabilities of time delays which are fed into the channel decoder. In addition to the knowledge of TH codes and the soft information coming from the MMSE filter, the data-aided synchronizer uses a training sequence in the generation of the probabilities of time delays. Although the channel decoder for chip-interleaved systems is rather simple, here it is redesigned to incorporate the soft information. The resulting receivers perform as well as iterative equalization with perfect timing information, and catch the single-user performance at moderate signal-to-noise ratios.

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IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 10 )