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Performance of compensation algorithm for direct-conversion receivers under finite wordlength constraints

: Weber, R.; Jordan, M.; Christoffers, N.; Müller, H.-C.; Hosticka, B.J.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Communications Society; Informationstechnische Gesellschaft -ITG-:
IEEE 16th International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, PIMRC 2005. Vol.4 : 11 - 14 September 2005, Berlin, Germany
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Operations Center, 2005
ISBN: 978-3-8007-2909-8
ISBN: 3-8007-2909-1
International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC) <16, 2005, Berlin>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IMS ()
Festkommaarithmetik; Modellierung; I/Q Unsymmetrie; Kompensation; Simulation

Direct-conversion receivers have attracted increased attention recently as they represent an interesting receiver topology in portable wireless environments, where power, cost, and size are critical design constraints. They suffer, however, from various front-end impairments, with I/Q imbalance, DC offset, and flicker noise being among the most serious ones. Various digital compensation algorithms have been proposed in the literature to cope with the adverse effects. Usually, these algorithms are analyzed by computer simulations in nearly infinitely precise arithmetic. A fixed-point finite wordlength implementation on DSPs, FPGAs, and ASICs typically results in a reduced performance. This paper investigates the performance degradation due to a finite wordlength of various compensation algorithms. The results obtained by bit-true simulations demonstrate that a moderate wordlength is sufficient to achieve results similar to infinite precision.