An Efficient Finger Allocation Method for the Maximum Likelihood RAKE Receiver
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In wideband wireless communication systems the RAKE receiver is commonly used to collect the resolvable multipath energy and counter the effects of fading through diversity. However, in channels with large delay and energy spread, its high complexity still remains a major issue. This motivates the study and application of computationally efficient finger placement algorithms that significantly reduce the receiver complexity with a reasonable performance loss. In this paper, a low–complexity maximum likelihood RAKE receiver, the Suboptimum – Maximum Power Minimum Correlation (S–MPMC) RAKE is proposed. The allocation of its first two fingers is based on the received signal correlation properties. Their positions determine also the placement of the rest of the fingers. Simulation results are provided to show the operation of the receiver and demonstrate its performance. Comparisons with relevant methods are performed to corroborate the merits of the proposal. The balance on the performance and the complexity of the technique makes it suitable for use in commercial wideband communication systems.
KeywordsCode division multiple access, correlation, maximum likelihood detection, multipath channels, rake diversity, wireless communication
Document typePeer reviewed
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SourceRadioengineering. 2008, vol. 17, č. 4, s. 45-50. ISSN 1210-2512
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