Optimum Quantization Scaling for Noisy Signals in UWB Scenarios

Zhenyu XIAO
Depeng JIN
Lieguang ZENG

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E94-B    No.4    pp.1094-1097
Publication Date: 2011/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E94.B.1094
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Wireless Communication Technologies
UWB,  quantization,  scaling,  sampling,  AGC,  optimum scaling,  

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The influence of quantization scaling is seldom considered in narrow band (NB) communications, because a high resolution analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) can be generally employed. In ultra-wideband (UWB) systems, however, the resolution of ADC is required to be low to reduce complexity, cost and power consumption. Consequently, the influence of quantization scaling is significant and should be taken into account. In this letter, effects of quantization scaling are analyzed in terms of signal to noise ratio (SNR) loss based on an uniformly distributed random signal model. For the effects of quantization scaling on bit error rate (BER) performance, however, theoretical analysis is too complicated since quantization is a nonlinear operation, hence we employ here a simulation method. The simulation results show there exists an optimum scaling to minimize BER performance for a fixed-resolution receiver; the optimum scaling power is related to the SNR of input noisy signal and the resolution of ADC.