Cancellation of Multiple Echoes by Multiple Autonomic and Distributed Echo Canceler Units

Akihiko SUGIYAMA  Kenji ANZAI  Hiroshi SATO  Akihiro HIRANO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E81-A   No.11   pp.2361-2369
Publication Date: 1998/11/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Digital Signal Processing
adaptive filter,  echo,  multiple echoes,  echo canceler,   sparse-tap,  algorithm,  LSI,  

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This paper proposes a scalable multiecho cancellation system based on multiple autonomic and distributed echo canceler units. The proposed system does not have any common control section. Distributed control sections are equipped with in multiple echo cancelers operating autonomically. Necessary information is transferred from one unit to the next one. When the number of echoes to be canceled is changed, the necessary number of echo canceler units, each of which may be realized on a single chip, are simply plugged in or unplugged. The proposed system also provides fast convergence thanks to the novel coefficient location algorithm which consists of flat-delay estimation and constrained tap-position control. The input signal is evaluated at each tap to determine when to terminate flat-delay estimation. The number of exchanged taps is selected larger in flat-delay estimation than in constrained tap-position control. The convergence time with a colored-signal input is reduced by approximately 50% over STWQ, and 80% over full-tap NLMS algorithm. With a real speech input, the proposed system cancels the echo by about 20 dB. Tap-positions have been shown to be controlled correctly.