A comparison of multi-carrier OFDM and single carrier iterative equalisation for future high performance wireless local area networks

AG Lillie, A Prado-Miguelez, AR Nix, JP McGeehan

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Abstract

There has been a strong trend towards the specification of multi-carrier coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (COFDM) in the physical layer of emerging high performance wireless local area networks (WLAN). This trend is based on an alleged combination of enhanced performance and lower terminal complexity. However, significant advances have been made in the field of single carrier equalisation, where iterative equalisation and decoding now offers excellent error rate performance in slow and fast fading channels. This paper investigates the possibility of employing a single carrier system using iterative equalisation at the receiver as a direct competitor to multi-carrier COFDM. The throughput, range and terminal complexities of a COFDM solution are compared with those of a single carrier iterative equalised approach for identical indoor channel conditions. The paper demonstrates that iterative equalisation outperforms COFDM in an indoor environment. However, from a cost/performance viewpoint, COFDM is still seen as the more attractive solution.
Translated title of the contributionA comparison of multi-carrier OFDM and single carrier iterative equalisation for future high performance wireless local area networks
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733 - 737
JournalIEEE 56th Vehicular Technology Conference, 2002 (VTC 2002-Fall)
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2002
Event56th Vehicular Technology Conference 2002 (VTC 2002-Fall) - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 1 Sep 2002 → …

Bibliographical note

Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Name and Venue of Conference: IEEE 56th Vehicular Technology Conference, 2002 (VTC 2002-Fall)
Rose publication type: Conference contribution

Sponsorship: A.G. Lillie would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the authors would like to thank Toshiba Research Europe Limited (TREL) for financial and academic support.

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Keywords

  • equalisation
  • orthogonal frequency division multiplexing
  • turbo coding

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