Exploiting Input Cyclostationarity for Blind Channel Identification in OFDM Systems

Robert W. Heath, Georgios B. Giannakis

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Transmitter-induced cyclostationarity has been explored recently as an alternative to fractional sampling and antenna array methods for blind identification of FIR communication channels. An interesting application of these ideas is in OFDM systems, which induce cyclostationarity due to the cyclic prefix. In this correspondence, we develop a novel subspace approach for blind channel identification using cyclic correlations at the OFDM receiver. Even channels with equispaced unit circle zeros are identifiable in the presence of any nonzero length cyclic prefix with adequate block length. Simulations of the proposed channel estimator along with its performance in OFDM systems combined with impulse response shortening and Reed-Solomon coding are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)848-856
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999

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Manuscript received August 14, 1997; revised June 23, 1998. This work was supprted by the Office of Naval Research under Grant N00014-95-1-0908. The associate editor coordinating the review of this paper and approving it for publication was Prof. James A. Bucklew.


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