Analysis and design of generalized BICM-T system

Muhammad Talha Malik, Md Jahangir Hossain, Mohamed-Slim Alouini

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The performance of bit-interleaved coded modulation (BICM) using convolutional codes in nonfading channels can be significantly improved if the coded bits are not interleaved at all. This particular BICM system is referred to as BICM trivial (BICM-T). In this paper, we analyze a generalized BICM-T system that uses a nonequally spaced signal constellation in conjunction with a bit-level multiplexer in an additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel. As such, one can exploit the full benefit of BICM-T by jointly optimizing different system modules to further improve its performance. We also investigate the performance of the considered BICM-T system in the Gaussian mixture noise (GMN) channel because of its practical importance. The presented numerical results show that an optimized BICM-T system can offer gains up to 1.5 dB over a non-optimized BICM-T system in the AWGN channel for a target bit error rate of $10^{-6}$. The presented results for the GMN channel interestingly reveal that if the strength of the impulsive noise component, i.e., the noise component due to some ambient phenomenon in the GMN, is below a certain threshold level, then the BICM-T system performs significantly better as compared to traditional BICM system.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3223-3236
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2014

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported in part by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada under Discovery Grant Program and in part by an NPRP grant from Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation). This work was presented in part at the IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC'13), London, U.K., Sep. 2013, and in part at the IEEE Wireless Networking and Communication (WCNC'14), Istanbul, Turkey, Apr. 2014. The associate editor coordinating the review of this paper and approving it for publication was M. Valenti.

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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