Accession Number : ADP003892

Title :   Multipath Outage Performance of Digital Radio Receivers Using Finite-Tap Adaptive Equalizers,


Personal Author(s) : Amitay,N. ; Greenstein,L. J.

Report Date : FEB 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Recent analysis/simulation studies have quantified the multi-path outage statistics of digital ratio systems using ideal adaptive equalization. In this paper, we consider the use of finite-tap delay line equalizers, with the aim of determining how many taps are needed to approximate ideal performance. To this end, we assume an M-level QAM system using cosine rolloff spectral shaping and an adaptive equalizer with either fractionally-spaced or synchronously-spaced taps. We invoke a widely used statistical model for the fading channel and computer-simulate thousands of responses from its ensemble. For each trial, we compute a detection signal-to-distortion measure, suitably maximized with respect to the tap gains. We can thereby obtain probability distributions of this measure for specified combinations of system parameters. These distributions, in turn, can be interpreted as outage probabilities (or outage seconds) vs. the number of modulation levels. A major finding of this study is that, for the assumed multipath fading model, very few taps (the order of five) are needed to approximate the performance of an ideal infinite-tape equalizer. We also find that a simple, suboptimal form of timing recovery is generally quite adequate; and that fractionally-spaced equalizers are, move advantageous than synchronously-spaced equalizers with the same number of taps. This advantage is minor for rolloff factors of 0.5 and larger but increases dramatically as the rolloff factor approaches zero. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Electromagnetic wave propagation, *Radio receivers, Microwave receivers, Multipath transmission, Adaptive systems, Digital systems, Fading(Electromagnetic waves), Space diversity communications, Mathematical models

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE