A new chaotic scheme named Flipped Chaotic On-Off Keying (FCOOK) is proposed for binary transmission. In FCOOK, the low correlation value between the stationary signal and its mirrored version is utilized. Transmitted signal for binary 1 is a chaotic segment added to its time flipped (mirrored) version within one bit duration, while in binary 0, no transmission takes place within the same bit duration. The proposed scheme is compared with the standard chaotic systems: Differential Chaos Shift Keying (DCSK) and Correlation Delay Shift Keying (CDSK). The Bit Error Rate (BER) of FCOOK is studied analytically based on Gaussian approximation method. Results show that the BER performance of FCOOK outperforms DCSK and CDSK in AWGN channel environment and with various levels. Additionally, FCOOK offers a double bit rate compared with the standard DCSK.

1. Introduction

In recent years, chaotic signals become natural candidates for spreading narrow band information due to their wideband characteristic. Thus, using chaotic signals to encode information, the resulting signals are spread spectrum signals having larger bandwidths and lower power spectral densities. Chaotic signals enjoy all the benefits of spread spectrum signals such as a difficulty of uninformed detection, mitigation of multipath fading, and antijamming. Moreover, a large number of spreading waveforms can be produced easily as a consequence of the sensitive dependence upon initial conditions and parameters variations. This provides a low cost and simple means for spread spectrum communications [1].

A number of modulation and demodulation schemes have been proposed for digital chaos based communications [25]. In most proposed methods, the basic principle is to map the digital symbols to nonperiodic chaotic basic signals. For instance, Chaos Shift Keying (CSK) maps different symbols to different chaotic basic signals, which are produced from various dynamical systems. If synchronized copies of the chaotic basis signals are available at the receiver, detection can be conducted by evaluating synchronization error [6] or based on a conventional correlator type [7, 8]. This class of detection is known as a coherent detection. An enhanced technique to improve BER is suggested in [9]. If synchronized copies of the chaotic basis signal are not available at the receiver, detection has to be done by noncoherent detection as in noncoherent CSK and Chaotic On-Off Keying (COOK). Detection depends on estimation of transmitted signal energy. However, determining an optimum threshold between signal elements is the major drawback due to noise power contribution [6, 7] and the noise performance can be increased only by increasing the distance between signal elements. This requires the transmitter to consume more energy for each bit to increase the distance between signal elements and the receiver. Noise performance in coherent system is superior to the noncoherent systems. On the other hand, accuracy in synchronization is required to be achieved in coherent systems, which is difficult task [8].

Another widely used technique for modulation is known as differential coherent systems where Differential Chaos Shift Keying (DCSK) and Correlation Delay Shift Keying (CDSK) [10] are the basic schemes. Each information bit is transmitted by the generation of twin chaotic segments; first signal is called reference and the second, which is modulated by the information bit, is called information bearing signal. Information detection is performed by correlating reference with the information signal over last half of bit duration. Therefore, half of the average bit energy is wasted with respect to noncoherent systems. An enhancement technique is suggested by using single reference signal for multiple bits transmission [11]. A generalized Correlation Delay Shift Keying scheme is suggested in [12] by producing several delayed versions of a chaotic signal; selected version is modulated with the information bits. Although the system requires bank of transmitter, it can achieve similar performance compared to that of DCSK at reasonable range. Additionally, sending the reference signal and the information signal on the same time slot is discussed in [1318]. Data rate and BER performance are increased, but schemes are complex and require additional synchronization circuits. Multicarrier modulation for DCSK (MC-DCSK) signal is explored in [13]. In spite of an efficient utilization of the transmitted energy, system implementation in (MC-DCSK) includes bank of narrow band modulator that needs a high degree of accuracy in the design to maintain subcarrier synchronization.

In this paper, we introduce new version of chaotic on-off scheme named (FCOOK). In FCOOK the stationary signal and its flipped version are added together within one bit duration to represent binary 1. for binary 0, no transmission takes place for the same bit duration. Based on the fact that the chaotic signal and its time flipped version are stationary, low cross correlation can be achieved [10]. This helps to design a new signal for the binary information transmission. The design allows the receiver to correlate each first half of incoming signal with the flipped version of the second half. Since both halves contain noncorrelated noise segments, this can be used to overcome the threshold shifting problem.

The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. Standard differentially coherent systems are described in Section 2. In Section 3, the transmitter and receiver models of FCOOK are described. Theoretical estimation of BER is derived in Section 4. Finally, simulation results are discussed in Section 5.

2. Chaos Based Systems: Revisited

2.1. DCSK

The transmitter structure of the DCSK is shown in Figure 1. Each information bit , where , is transmitted by sending two chaotic segments into successive identical time slots. Each slot is occupied by samples, where represent the spreading factor. First time slot contains a reference signal and second slot contains a delayed version of the reference signal multiplied by the information bit . Therefore, the th transmitted signal for a single bit can be written asHence, average bit energy , where is the variance operator and the expected value of .

At the receiver, each received signal is multiplied by its delayed version and averaged over half bit duration. Assume that the channel is AWGN, and then the received signal , where is stationary random process with and the two-sided noise power spectral density is given by . The correlator output at the end of bit duration can be written asThe DCSK receiver structure is shown in Figure 2. Information bit is decoded using the following rule:

Under the standard assumptions that is stationary and is statistically independent from at any , correlator output tends to have Gaussian distribution at sufficient value of [10]. Therefore, theoretical evaluation can be obtained by calculating the mean and variance of conditional Probability Density Function (PDF) of at ±1. If , then BER can be calculated as [10]where

2.2. CDSK

Unlike DCSK, each information bit in CDSK is sent by transmitting a signal which is the sum of a chaotic sequence and of the delayed chaotic sequence multiplied by the information signal , where is the bit counter. Thus, transmitted signal of CDSK at any instant is given bywhere and .

As shown in Figure 3, the CDSK transmitter differs from DCSK in that the switch in the transmitter is now replaced by an adder and the transmitted signal is never repeated. Therefore, data rate is doubled compared with that in DCSK [10]. Putting delay , then the receiver of CDSK is similar to that of DCSK, and each segment is correlated with the previous one. Correlator output can be calculated as

It can be clearly observed that the correlator output contains more intrasignal and noise terms compared to DCSK. Thus, BER performance is decreased based on the previous assumptions in DCSK and given that , where is an integer and is the average value. It can be easily shown that has a Gaussian distribution and theoretical value of BER can be found by calculating the mean and variance of conditional PDF of at and transmission. Decoding is performed according to the same rule in (3). Thus, BER is given by [10]

3. Proposed Scheme: Flipped Chaotic On-Off Keying (FCOOK)

3.1. Signal Format

In our scheme, binary is transmitted by sending the sum of adding identical, mirrored chaotic segments with length of . Thereby, the resultant signal for binary will be symmetric around as shown in Figure 4. On the other hand, the receiver keeps silence for binary duration and no signal will be transmitted.

3.2. Transmitter Description

In order to generate the FCOOK signal in Figure 4, the FCOOK transmitter setup is proposed as shown in Figure 5. A flipped signal is generated by receiving a copy of samples and flipping them over one bit duration. This process requires the forward signal to be delayed for one bit duration till the end of one segment generation. To achieve time synchronization between the emitted segment and its flipped version, a delay element is inserted before the adder. However, this has no effect on system notation or analysis because we assume that both segments are ready to be added at any instant . Then, the symmetric transmitted signal for single bit duration can be written aswhere is signal level and . Compared with (3), the FCOOK system transmits all the signal components only within samples. This offers double bit rate compared with DCSK system.

3.3. Receiver Description

At the receiver, each incoming signal, , is multiplied with its mirrored version over duration of only to avoid having duplicated terms in the correlator output. Signal is mirrored by sampling and reverting the received signal over one bit duration as shown in Figure 6. The delay element is added to compensate the delay incurred in the time reversal of the received signal.

Assume that both transmitter and receiver are fully synchronized and the channel is AWGN; then the correlator output at the end of single bit duration can be given as

Detector input consists of the required signal (), intrasignal () term, signal-noise terms (), and noise-noise term (); all these terms are contributed only if binary is transmitted. In binary transmission, except for (), all the terms are disappeared because in (10).

For the sake of simplicity, we set the threshold value at the middle between signal elements . Thus, the received signal is decoded according to the following rule:

4. Performance Evaluation

A baseband model is used to evaluate the BER performance of FCOOK. Our performance computation is based on Gaussian approximation method that provides good estimation of BER at large spreading factor [10, 15]. For small spreading factor values, bit energy distribution is required [19, 20]. We start our evaluation by revisiting some properties of chaotic signals and few standard assumptions.

Symmetric Tent Map, defined by the equation , is applied to generate the discrete chaotic signal. Signal is stationary and is uniformly distributed between with zero mean and computed variances and [6].

Recall that a chaotic signal, as any spreading spectrum signals, has an impulse like autocorrelation value such that

Therefore, it is easy to show that, for sufficient value of , , where and

It is logically to assume that is statistically independent from at any ) and for any . Based on the central limit theorem and with previous assumptions, correlator output in (10) can be regarded as a Gaussian distributed [10]; thereby the performance can be fully characterized by calculating the mean and variances for the PDF of at binary 1 and 0 transmission. Hence,

Similarly . Consider

If the input to the decision device is less than the threshold , a received bit 1 can be detected as bit 0, while bit 0 can be detected as bit 1 if the metric is more than the threshold and assumes that .

Then the average probability of error, , can be expressed as

5. Simulation Results and Discussion

In this section, the BER performance of DCSK, CDSK, and FCOOK is tested with the wide range of spreading factors values and at various levels. To have fair comparison, signal level in the proposed scheme is set to . Hence average energy for each bit is given, . This is exactly equal to the average bit energy used in DCSK and CDSK [10].

Apparently, small disagreement between theoretical estimation and simulation results appears at relatively small in Figure 7. This is one of Gaussian approximation method drawback as mentioned in Section 4. However, clear agreement between analytical estimate and the simulation results can be observed at , which positively supports our closed form expression in (17). Additionally, the suboptimum performance for our prosed system can be noticed between and , but this decreases after . The reason behind this performance is that when increases, the noise-noise contribution grows faster than the signal energy in (10).

The theoretical estimations for BER, which are obtained by Gaussian approximation method in [10, 15], and simulation results for DCSK and CDSK are compared with FCOOK at as shown in Figure 8. In addition to the matching between theoretical estimation and simulation results, FCOOK can always pass the performance of CDSK and outperform DCSK in considerable range of .

Furthermore, CDSK seems always to be 2 dB worse than FCOOK in Figures 9, 10, and 11, respectively; the reason of which is that there are much more intrasignal interference and noise interference components in the correlator output of CDSK. The proposed system performs almost 1 dB better than DCSK with and at less than  dB. This can be explained by the fact that, compared to DCSK, the contribution of noise terms in (2) is halved. This contribution is the reason of nonlinearity at large value of which causes all the systems to have low BER performances at very large spreading factors.

6. Conclusion

A new chaotic communication scheme named FCOOK is developed for binary transmission. The system makes an advantage of the low correlation between the chaotic segments and its mirrored twin. The BER performance of the system is derived analytically using Gaussian approximation method. Simulation results illustrate the capability of the expression to predict BER at different spreading factor. Moreover, performance of the proposed scheme is compared with DCSK and CDSK systems by plotting BER with at the same spreading factor. Results show that FCOOK has advantage of 2 dB compared with CDSK and 1 dB compared with the DCSK.

Competing Interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.