Complexity reduced detection for MIMO-OFDMA uplink with distinct frequency offsets from each user

S. Ahmed, Li Zhang*

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In this work, we propose a relatively low-complexity iterative algorithm for the detection of transmitted symbols at the uplink of a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) orthogonal frequency-division multiple-access (OFDMA) system. The algorithm allows distinct frequency-offsets (FO)s between each user and the base-station (BS). FOs cause inter-carrier-interference (ICI), which degrades the performance of the receiver and increases the computational-complexity to decode the transmitted symbols. In order to decrease the computational-complexity at each receive antenna the proposed algorithm accounts for the interference of subcarrier k onto only ±. D nearby subcarriers and ignores the interference on remaining subcarriers. This yields a banded structured ICI matrix, which is exploited to design a low-complexity soft-interference-cancelation minimum mean-squared error (SIC-MMSE) equalizer. The effects of ignoring the subcarriers are compensated for by increasing the number of receive antennas. Simulation results show that for an uncoded system the bit-error-rate (BER) performance of the proposed algorithm outperforms the MMSE equalization and is very close to the no FO scenario. Moreover, when convolution encoding is incorporated, the proposed algorithm outperforms the coded MMSE equalizer only after the first iteration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-134
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Communication
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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