Iterative signal reconstruction of deliberately clipped SMT signals
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- Kollár, Z., Gazda, J., Horváth, P. et al. Sci. China Inf. Sci. (2014) 57: 1. doi:10.1007/s11432-013-4921-7
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Staggered MultiTone (SMT) is a modulation technique showing significantly reduced Adjacent Channel Leakage Ratio (ACLR) resulting in a more compact Power Spectrum Density (PSD) for the transmitted signal, than the well-known and already widely adopted Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) scheme. However, the unique spectral properties of an SMT signal could be degraded by a non-linear element (e.g. a Power Amplifier (PA)) in the transmitter. Deliberate baseband clipping can be applied to the transmitted signal, reducing the notable high Peak-to-Average Power Ratio (PAPR). The objective of this paper is to give a brief introduction to the SMT scheme, with a special emphasis on deliberate clipping effects and their compensation. The paper introduces two receiver-oriented iterative methods aiming at the restoration of the baseband Bit Error Rate (BER) performance of a non-clipped signal. The methods are evaluated and compared based on numerical simulations. The paper concludes with the selection of a possible candidate for use in systems applying deliberately clipped SMT signals.