Redundant filterbank precoders and equalizers Part II: blind channel estimation, synchronization, and direct equalization

Anna Scaglione, Georgios B. Giannakis, Sergio Barbarossa

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Transmitter redundancy introduced using finite impulse response (FIR) filterbank precoders offers a unifying framework for single- and multiuser transmissions. With minimal rate reduction, FIR filterbank transmitter with trailing zeros allow for perfect (in the absence of noise) equalization of FIR channels with FIR zero-forcing equalizer filterbanks, irrespective of the input color and the channel zero locations. Exploiting this simple form of redundancy, blind channel estimators, block synchronizers, and direct self-recovering equalizing filterbanks are derived in this paper. The resulting algorithms are computationally simple, require small data sizes, can be implemented online, and remain consistent (after appropriate modifications), even at low SNR colored noise. Simulations illustrate applications to blind equalization of downlink CDMA transmissions, multicarrier modulations through channels with deep fades, and superior performance relative to CMA and existing output diversity techniques relying on multiple antennas and fractional sampling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2007-2022
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1999

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received January 6, 1998; revised January 18, 1999. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant CCR-9805350. It was presented in part at Allerton’97 and ICASSP’98. The associate editor coordinating the review of this paper and approving it for publication was Dr. Truong Q. Nguyen.


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