Iterative Preamble-Based Time Domain Channel Estimation for OFDM/OQAM Systems

Xihong CHEN
Lunsheng XUE
Jian LIU
Zedong XIE

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E99-B    No.10    pp.2221-2227
Publication Date: 2016/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2015EBP3385
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Wireless Communication Technologies
offset QAM (OQAM),  orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM),  channel estimation,  preamble,  weighted least square (WLS),  

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In this paper, we present the channel estimation (CE) problem in the orthogonal frequency division multiplexing system with offset quadrature amplitude modulation (OFDM/OQAM). Most CE methods rely on the assumption of a low frequency selective channel to tackle the problem in a way similar to OFDM. However, these methods would result in a severe performance degradation of the channel estimation when the assumption is not quite inaccurate. Instead, we focus on estimating the channel impulse response (CIR) itself which makes no assumption on the degree of frequency selectivity of the channels. After describing the main idea of this technique, we present an iterative CE method that does not require zero-value guard symbols in the preamble and consequently improves the spectral efficiency. This is done by the iterative estimation of the unknown transmitted data adjacent to the preamble. Analysis and simulation results validate the efficacy of the proposed method in multipath fading channels.