Journal Article Power reduction of variable wordlength OFDM receiver in time-varying fading channels by monitoring subcarrier SNRs

YOSHIZAWA, Shingo  ,  SASAKI, Daichi  ,  TANIMOTO, Hiroshi  ,  吉澤, 真吾  ,  佐々木, 大地  ,  谷本, 洋

E99.A ( 1 )  , pp.330 - 337 , 2016 , The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (電子情報通信学会)
Determination of wordlength is essential for designing digital circuits because the wordlength affects system performance, hardware size, and power consumption. Variable wordlength methods that a system dynamically and effectively changes the wordlength depending on surrounding environments have been studied for power reduction in wireless systems. The conventional variable wordlength methods induce communication performance degradation when compared with a floating-point representation in time-varying fading channels. This paper discusses rapid wordlength control on packet basis and proposes a new method based on monitoring subcarrier SNRs in an OFDM receiver. The proposed method can estimate signal quality accurately and can decrease the wordlength decision errors. The simulation results have indicated that the proposed method shows better PER performance compared with the conventional methods.

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