In this paper, we investigate three different concepts for robust link-level performance under doubly-dispersive wireless channels, namely, i) channel estimation, ii) cyclic prefix (CP)-free transmission, and iii) waveform design. We employ a unique word-based channel estimation, where we decouple the channel related errors into channel estimation error (CEE) and Doppler error (DE). Then, we show that a trade-off between CEE and DE emerges in the frame design, where the system can be optimized to achieve the minimum composite channel error. Another strategy to improve the link-level performance is to suppress the CP of the sub-blocks. This allows for better channel estimation due to the reduced transmission time, with the penalty of requiring the CP-restoration processing at the receiver. Furthermore, we propose the waveform design based on the equal-reliability criterion (ERC), leading to the block multiplexing-orthogonal chirp division multiplexing (BM-OCDM). This waveform is advantageous in the CP-free transmission mode, where the data symbols have equally distributed interference from adjacent sub-blocks. Our framework is a generalization of the recently proposed orthogonal time frequency space (OTFS), which fails to achieve the ERC. The link-level simulations show that at high modulation and coding scheme, the proposed BM-OCDM provides superior link-level performance than OTFS.
- Channel estimation
- doubly-dispersive channel
- iterative receiver
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Applied Mathematics