Mathematical Problems in Engineering

Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 860389, 9 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/860389

## Symbol Error Rate as a Function of the Residual ISI Obtained by Blind Adaptive Equalizers for the SIMO and Fractional Gaussian Noise Case

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Ariel University, 40700 Ariel, Israel

Received 26 May 2013; Accepted 26 June 2013

Academic Editor: Ming Li

Copyright © 2013 Monika Pinchas. 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.

#### Abstract

A nonzero residual intersymbol interference (ISI) causes the symbol error rate (SER) to increase where the achievable SER may not answer any more on the system’s requirements. In the literature, we may find for the single-input-single-output (SISO) case a closed-form approximated expression for the SER that takes into account the achievable performance of the chosen blind adaptive equalizer from the residual ISI point of view and a closed-form approximated expression for the residual ISI valid for the single-input-multiple-output (SIMO) case. Both expressions were obtained by assuming that the input noise is a white Gaussian process where the Hurst exponent (*H*) is equal to 0.5. In this paper, we derive a closed-form approximated expression for the residual ISI obtained by blind adaptive equalizers for the SIMO case, valid for fractional Gaussian noise (fGn) input where the Hurst exponent is in the region of . Based on this new expression for the residual ISI, a closed-form approximated expression is obtained for the SER valid for the SIMO and fGn case. In this paper, we show via simulation results that the SER might get improved for increasing values of *H*.

#### 1. Introduction

We consider a blind deconvolution problem in which we observe the multiple output of a finite impulse-response (FIR) single-input multiple-output (SIMO) channel from which we want to recover its input using adjustable linear filters (equalizers). In the field of communication, SIMO channels appear either when the signal is oversampled at the receiver or from the use of an array of antennas in the receiver [1–5]. It should be pointed out that for the SIMO case, the same information is transmitted through different subchannels, and all received sequences will be distinctly distorted versions of the same message, which accounts for a certain signal diversity [6]. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that more information about the transmitted signal will be available at the receiver end [6]. SIMO transmission is widely replacing single-input-single-output (SISO) approach to enhance the performance via diversity combining [7]. It is well known that intersymbol interference (ISI) is a limiting factor in many communication environments where it causes an irreducible degradation of the bit error rate (BER) and symbol error rate (SER) thus imposing an upper limit on the data symbol rate [1]. In order to overcome the ISI problem, an equalizer is implemented in those systems. Recently [1], a closed-form approximated expression was derived for the achievable residual ISI obtained by blind adaptive equalizers in a SIMO system where the error that is fed into the adaptive mechanism which updates the equalizer’s taps is expressed as a polynomial function of order three of the equalized output. But, this expression was obtained by assuming that the input noise is a white Gaussian process where the Hurst exponent is equal to 0.5. A white Gaussian process is a special case of the fractional Gaussian noise (fGn) model [8]. FGn with corresponds to the case of long-range dependency (LRD) [8]. As stated in [9], LRD implies heavy-tailed probability density functions, which in general imply more random; see [10–13]. This point of view was recently detailed by [14, 15]. In the literature, we may also find a closed-form approximated expression for the SER valid for the SISO case [16] that takes into account the performance of the chosen blind adaptive equalizer from the residual ISI point of view. But, this expression is not valid for the SIMO case and is based again on the assumption that the input noise is a white Gaussian process where the Hurst exponent is equal to 0.5. Up to now, there is no closed-form approximated expression for the SER valid for the SIMO and fGn input case where the Hurst exponent is in the region of that takes into account the performance of the chosen blind adaptive equalizer from the residual ISI point of view. Thus, the system designer still has to carry out many simulations in order to find those system parameters such as the equalizer’s tap length and step-size parameter that will lead the system to the required SER.

In this paper, we propose for the real and two independent quadrature carriers case, a closed-form approximated expression for the achievable residual ISI obtained by blind adaptive equalizers for the SIMO and fGn input case that depends on the step-size parameter, equalizer’s tap length, input constellation statistics, channel power, and the number of receive antennas used in the SIMO system and on . The new closed-form approximated expression is applicable for type of blind adaptive equalizers used in a SIMO FIR channel where the error that is fed into the adaptive mechanism which updates the equalizer’s taps can be expressed as a polynomial function of order three of the equalized output. Based on this new expression for the residual ISI, a closed-form approximated expression is obtained for the SER valid for the SIMO and fGn case. As already mentioned, fGn with corresponds to the case of LRD. Thus, it could be thought that the SER might increase as the value for increases due to the noise dependency from the different receive paths. But, according to simulation results, improved SER performance is seen for higher values of .

The paper is organized as follows. After having described the system under consideration in Section 2, the closed-form approximated expressions for the residual ISI and SER are introduced in Section 3. In Section 4, simulation results are presented, and the conclusion is given in Section 5.

#### 2. System Description

The system under consideration, illustrated in Figure 1, is the same system described in [1] (except for the input noise issue which will be discussed later on in this paper). In this paper, we make the following assumptions.(1)The source sequence belongs to a real or two independent quadrature carriers case constellation input with variance , where and are the real and imaginary parts of , respectively.(2)The unknown subchannel ( where is the number of subchannels) is a possibly nonminimum phase linear time-invariant filter. There is no common zero among all the subchannels.(3)Each equalizer () is a tap-delay line.(4)The noise () consists of , where and are the real and imaginary parts of , respectively, and and are independent. Both and are fractional Gaussian noises (fGn) with zero mean. For , we have and . For , we have and , where denotes the expectation operator on , is the Kronecker delta function, and is the Hurst exponent. In the following, we assume that .

According to Figure 1, the th observation () is the result of a linear convolution between the source signal and the corresponding channel response , corrupted by noise , where ‘‘’’ denotes the convolution operation. The equalizer’s output is derived as follows: where is the convolutional noise (), , and . Next, we turn to the adaptation mechanism of the equalizer in each subchannel which is based on a predefined cost function that characterizes the intersymbol interference; see, for example, [17–23]: where is the step-size parameter in the subchannel, is the equalizer vector, where the input vector is , and is the equalizer’s tap length. The operator and denote for transpose and conjugate of the function , respectively. Recently [1], a closed-form approximated expression was derived for the achievable residual ISI, valid for the SIMO case that depends on the step-size parameter, equalizer’s tap length, input signal statistics, SNR, number of receive antennas, and channel power and is given in (dB) units by [1]: where where denotes the th tap of the th subchannel at time index , is the subchannel length, and where and , , and are properties of the chosen equalizer and found by where is the real part of and , are the real and imaginary parts of the equalized output , respectively.

As it was already implied earlier in this paper, the closed-form approximated expression for the residual ISI [1] was obtained by assuming that the noise is an additive Gaussian white noise . Thus, it is not applicable for the fGn case (for ). Therefore, in order to derive the expression for the SER applicable for the SIMO and fGn () case, a new expression for the achievable residual ISI is needed.

#### 3. Residual ISI and SER for the SIMO and Fractional Gaussian Noise Case

In this section, a closed-form approximated expression is derived for the residual ISI valid for the SIMO and fGn case. Based on this new expression, the SER is obtained.

##### 3.1. Derivation of the Residual ISI

Theorem 1. *Consider the following assumptions.*(1)*The convolutional noise is a zero mean, white Gaussian process with variance . The real part of is denoted as and .*(2)*The source signal is a rectangular quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) signal (where the real part of is independent with the imaginary part of ) with known variance and higher moments.*(3)*The convolutional noise and the source signal are independent.*(4)* can be expressed as a polynomial function of the equalized output of order three.*(5)*The gain between the source and equalized output signal is equal to one.*(6)*The convolutional noise is independent with .*(7)*The added noise is fGn as defined in the previous section in assumption .*(8)*The Hurst exponent is in the range of .*

The residual ISI expressed in (dB) units may be defined as (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), and (8), where are properties of the chosen equalizer and found by (10) and

*Comments.* Please note that for (Gaussian white noise case), the expressions for given in (11) and (9) are equivalent. By repeating the steps in [1] for the calculation of the expression of the residual ISI the only place where the difference between the assumption of and being Gaussian white noises or fractional Gaussian noises has a major role on the total result of the approximated derived expression for the residual ISI, is in the calculation of . Thus, we bring here only the various steps that led to (11).

It should be pointed out that assumptions from above, are precisely the same assumptions made in [1].

*Proof. *The real part of , namely, may be expressed as follows:
where and are the real and imaginary parts of , respectively. The variance of may be expressed by
which can be also written as follows:
or by
According to [24],
Thus, substituting (16) into (15) yields to
This expression (17) can be upper limited by
According to the triangle inequality [25], we have
According to the holder inequality [25], we may write
By taking into account that for , we may write with the help of (18), (19), and (20) as follows:
As already mentioned in the system description section, , where stands for the error not having perfect equalization. Therefore, the expression could have been written as , where . Thus, for the case where the variance of can be considered as very small we may write
Now, substituting (22) into (21) yields to
In practice, the variance of is not so small. Thus, the expression for is higher than that given in (22). Therefore, we may define as given in (11). This completes our proof.

##### 3.2. Derivation of the SER for the SIMO Case

In this subsection, we derive the SER for a source signal belonging to a rectangular QAM constellation, applicable for the SIMO and fGn case.

Theorem 2. *Based on the assumptions given in the previous subsection, the SER for the SIMO and fGn case may be defined as follows:
**
where and is the number of signal points for a -ary QAM constellation, is half the distance between adjacent -ary pulse amplitude modulation (PAM) signals:
**
and , are according to (4) and (11), respectively.*

*Proof. *According to (1), the equalized output is given by . The expression for the equalized output for the SISO and white Gaussian case (case one) looks quite similar to the expression for the equalized output for the SIMO and fGn case (case two). The difference between the two cases (case one and case two) lies in the fact that the variance of and is very different. For each case, the expressions for the variance of the real part of (named in this paper as ) and are different. Recently [16], a closed-form approximated expression was obtained for the SER, based on , valid for the SISO and white Gaussian case. The recently obtained expression for the SER [16] is recalled in (24), (25), where and were taken for the SISO and white Gaussian case. In order to obtain a closed-form approximated expression for the SER valid for the SIMO and fGn case, the recently obtained expression for the SER [16] was used with and valid for the SIMO and fGn case. This completes our proof.

#### 4. Simulation

In this section, we test our new proposed expression for the SER for the 16 QAM case (a modulation using levels for in-phase and quadrature components) with Godard’s algorithm [17] for different values of SNR and equalizer’s tap length and for two different channel cases. The equalizer taps for Godard’s algorithm [17] were updated according to the following:
where is the step size. The values for , , and corresponding to Godards’s [17] algorithm are given by
In the following, we consider two channel cases. *Channel case A* which is a four-channel model with channel coefficients determined according to the following:

*Channel case B* which is a two-channel model with channel coefficients determined according to the following:

Please note that channel case B was also used in [1]. The equalizer was initialized by setting the center tap equal to one and all others to zero.

In the following, we denote the SER performance according to (24) as ‘‘calculated with equalizer.’’ In addition, we wish to show the SER performance for the case where the residual ISI is not taken into account. Therefore, we denote in the following the SER performance that does not take into account the residual ISI as ‘‘calculated without equalizer.’’ Figures 2, 3, 4, and 5 and Figures 7, 8, and 9 show the SER performance for different values of as a function of SNR of our proposed expression (24) compared with the simulated results and with those calculated results that do not take into account the residual ISI. According to Figure 2 to Figure 5 and Figure 7 to Figure 9, a high correlation is observed between the simulated and calculated results (24), while the opposite is seen by comparing the simulated and those calculated results that do not take into account the residual ISI. Figures 6 and 10 show the SER performance for different values of in the range of as a function of SNR for channel cases A and B, respectively. It is reasonable to think that the SER might increase as the value for increases due to the noise dependency from the different receive paths. But, according to simulation results (Figures 6 and 10), improved SER performance is seen for higher values of .

#### 5. Conclusion

In this paper, we proposed for the real and two independent quadrature carrier cases, a closed-form approximated expression for the SER that takes into account the residual ISI obtained by blind adaptive equalizers and is applicable for the SIMO and fGn input case. This new expression is applicable for the type of blind adaptive equalizers used in a SIMO FIR channel where the error that is fed into the adaptive mechanism which updates the equalizer’s taps can be expressed as a polynomial function of order three of the equalized output. The expression for the SER depends on the system’s parameters (step-size parameter, equalizer’s tap length, input constellation statistics, channel power, and number of receive antennas used in the SIMO system and on ). Thus, there is no need anymore to carry out any simulation in order to find those system’s parameters that will lead to the required SER performance. According to the simulation results, a high correlation is obtained between the calculated and simulated results for the SER. FGn with corresponds to the case of LRD. Thus, it could be thought that the SER might increase as the value for increases due to the noise dependency from the different receive paths. But, according to the simulation results, improved SER performance is seen for higher values of .

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