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International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 365896, 17 pages
Research Article

PAPR Reduction Approach Based on Channel Estimation Pilots for Next Generations Broadcasting Systems

1IETR UMR 6164, INSA, Université Européenne de Bretagne, 35708 Rennes, France
2American University of Beirut, Bliss Street, Beirut 11-0236, Lebanon
3SCEE Team, Supelec, avenue de la Boulaie, 35576 Cesson-Sévigné, France

Received 12 October 2010; Accepted 4 January 2011

Academic Editor: Massimiliano Laddomada

Copyright © 2011 Anh-Tai Ho et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A novel peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) reduction technique for orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) systems is addressed. Instead of using dedicated pilots for PAPR reduction as with tone reservation (TR) method selected by the DVB-T2 standard, we propose to use existing pilots used for channel estimation. In this way, we avoid the use of reserved tone pilots and then improve the spectral efficiency of the system. In order to allow their recovery at the receiver, these pilots have to follow particular laws which permit their blind detection and avoid sending side information. In this work, we propose and investigate a multiplicative law operating in discrete frequency domain. The operation in discrete domain aims at reducing degradation due to detection and estimation error in continuous domain. Simulation results are performed using the new DVB-T2 standard parameters. Its performance is compared to the DVB-T2 PAPR gradient algorithm and to the second-order cone programming (SOCP) competitive technique proposed in the literature. We show that the proposed technique is efficient in terms of PAPR reduction value and of spectral efficiency while the channel estimation performance is maintained.