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International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting
Volume 2012, Article ID 834924, 11 pages
Research Article

LDPC FEC Code Extension for Unequal Error Protection in DVB-T2 System: Design and Evaluation

1Tampere University of Technology, Department of Signal Processing, P.O. Box 553, Tampere 33720, Finland
2Huawei Technologies Ltd., European Research Center, Riesstraße 25, Munich 80992, Germany

Received 4 July 2011; Revised 31 October 2011; Accepted 10 December 2011

Academic Editor: Manzur Murshed

Copyright © 2012 Lukasz Kondrad 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.


The Digital Video Broadcasting organisation has recently introduced the second generation of terrestrial broadcast transmission standards, DVB-T2. The newly introduced tools ensure significant gain in performance of DVB-T2 compared to the first generation variant of the standard. One of these tools is the new physical layer concatenated forward error correction code. The inner among the concatenated codes is the Low-Density Parity Check code. The paper proposes a method to extend this code so varying coding strength inside one physical layer pipe of DVB-T2 is enabled in a backward compatible way. As consequence, unequal error protection transmission scheme at a physical layer of DVB-T2 can be efficiently deployed. The paper provides a step-by-step description of the design procedure of the extension. Moreover, the modification to the processing chain and the framing structure of DVB-T2, that ensures backward compatibility to the legacy system, is provided. The proposed method is evaluated under AWGN channel and TU6 channel. Experiments performed on four different video sequences show significant improvements in quality of experience when the proposed extension is used to achieve UEP transmission.