The Two-Tap Input-Erasure Gaussian Channel and Its Application to Cellular Communications

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Executive Summary

This paper considers the input-erasure Gaussian channel. In contrast to the output-erasure channel where erasures are applied to the output of a Linear Time-Invariant (LTI) system, here erasures, known to the receiver, are applied to the inputs of the LTI system. Focusing on the case where the input symbols are independent and identically distributed (i.i.d)., it is shown that the two channels (input- and output-erasure) are equivalent. Furthermore, assuming that the LTI system consists of a two-tap Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filter, and using simple properties of tri-diagonal matrices, an achievable rate expression is presented in the form of an infinite sum.

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