Blind adaptive equalizer for broadband MIMO STBC based on PDF matching

Bendoukha, S. and Daas, A. and Weiss, S. (2009) Blind adaptive equalizer for broadband MIMO STBC based on PDF matching. In: 17th European Signal Processing Conference, 2009-08-24 - 2009-08-28.

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a new blind adaptive technique used for the equalisation of space-time block coded (STBC) signals transmitted over a dispersive MIMO channel. The proposed approach is based on minimising the difference between the probability density function (PDF) of the equalizer output — estimated via the Parzen window method — and a desired PDF based on the source symbols. The cost function combines this PDF fitting with an orthogonality criterion derived from the STBC structure of the transmitted data in order to discourage the extraction of identical signals. This cost function motivates an effective and low-cost stochastic gradient descent algorithm for adapting the equaliser. The performance is demonstrated in a number of simulations and benchmarked against other blind schemes for the equalisation of STBC over broadband MIMO channels.