Iterative QRM-MLD with Pilot-Assisted Decision Directed Channel Estimation for OFDM MIMO Multiplexing


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E89-A   No.7   pp.1892-1902
Publication Date: 2006/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e89-a.7.1892
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Multi-dimensional Mobile Information Networks)
OFDM MIMO,  QRM-MLD,  channel estimation,  turbo coding,  

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Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) multiplexing has recently been attracting considerable attention for increasing the transmission rate in a limited bandwidth. In MIMO multiplexing, the signals transmitted simultaneously from different transmit antennas must be separated and detected at a receiver. Maximum likelihood detection with QR-decomposition and M-algorithm (QRM-MLD) can achieve good performance while keeping computational complexity low. However, when the number of surviving symbol replica candidates in the M-algorithm is set to be small, the performance of QRM-MLD degrades compared to that of MLD because of wrong selection of surviving symbol replica candidates. Furthermore, when channel estimation is inaccurate, accurate signal ranking and QR-decomposition cannot be carried out. In this paper, we propose an iterative QRM-MLD with decision directed channel estimation to improve the packet error rate (PER) performance. In the proposed QRM-MLD, decision feedback data symbols are also used for channel estimation in addition to pilot symbols in order to improve the channel estimation accuracy. Signal detection/channel estimation are then carried out in an iterative fashion. Computer simulation results show that the proposed QRM-MLD reduces the required average received Eb/N0 for PER of 10-2 by about 1.2 dB compared to the conventional method using orthogonal pilot symbols only.