An Inter-Cell Interference Mitigation Method for OFDM-Based Cellular Systems Using Independent Component Analysis

Hui ZHANG  Xiaodong XU  Xiaofeng TAO  Ping ZHANG  Ping WU  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E92-B   No.10   pp.3034-3042
Publication Date: 2009/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E92.B.3034
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Advanced Information and Communication Technologies and Services in Conjunction with Main Topics of APCC/COIN 2008)
3G evolution,  inter-cell interference mitigation,  independent component analysis,  generalized eigenvalue decomposition,  

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Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) is a critical technology in 3G evolution systems, which can effectively avoid intra-cell interference, but may bring with serious inter-cell interference. Inter-cell interference cancellation is one of effective schemes taken in mitigating inter-cell interference, but for many existing schemes in inter-cell interference cancellation, various generalized spatial diversities are taken, which always bring with extra interference and blind spots, or even need to acquire extra information on source and channel. In this paper, a novel inter-cell interference mitigation method is proposed for 3G evolution systems. This method is based on independent component analysis in blind source separation, and the input signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) is set as objective function. By generalized eigenvalue decomposition and algorithm iterations, maximum signal noise ratio (SNR) can be obtained in output. On the other hand, this method can be worked with no precise knowledge of source signal and channel information. Performance evaluation shows that such method can mitigate inter-cell interference in a semi-blind state, and effectively improve output SNR with the condition that lower input SINR, higher input SNR and longer lengths of the processing frame.