A Parallel Processing Algorithm for Schnorr-Euchner Sphere Decoder

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Executive Summary

This paper presents a category of detection schemes for Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) system called Parallel Sphere Decoder (PSD). Compared to the conventional depth first Sphere Decoder with Schnorr-Euchner enumeration (SESD), the proposed PSD algorithms use parallel computations and achieve approximately 50% searching time reductions under the same amount of computations. Namely, in hardware implementation, the proposed work provides trade-off between computational time and computing units. Simulations of the proposed algorithms in 4?4 16-QAM and 3?3 64-QAM MIMO systems show the searching time reductions of the proposed algorithms while maintaining ML performances.

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