Timing with dirty templates for low-resolution digital UWB receivers

Huilin Xu, Liuqing Yang

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As a rapid timing synchronization technique for ultra-wideband (UWB) communications, the timing with dirty templates (TDT) technique effectively collects the multipath energy even when the channel is unknown [7]. In this paper, we investigate TDT algorithms for digital UWB receivers with low-resolution analog-to-digital converters (ADC). Different from the original TDT in [7] for analog UWB receivers, our digital TDT synchronizers here can avoid the ultra-wideband analog delay elements which are difficult to implement at the IC level. Our analysis and simulations show that the (non)data-aided digital TDT algorithms remain operational even when the ADC resolution is very low.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received August 3, 2006; revised November 1, 2006; accepted January 26, 2007. The associate editor coordinating the review of this letter and approving it for publication was D. Huang. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant ECS-0621879. Part of the results in this paper was presented at the IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Wideband, Waltham, MA, Sept. 24-27, 2006.


  • Analog-digital conversion
  • Multipath channels
  • Signal detection
  • Synchronization
  • Timing


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