Three-Stage Concatenated Ultra-Wide Bandwidth Time-Hopping Spread-Spectrum Impulse Radio Using Iterative Detection

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Executive Summary

The powerful tool of EXtrinsic Information Transfer (EXIT) charts is used to design a new serially concatenated Irregular Variable Length Coded (IrVLC) and unity-rate precoded Time-Hopping (TH) Pulse Position Modulation (PPM) aided Ultra-Wide Bandwidth (UWB) Spread-Spectrum (SS) impulse radio for near-capacity operation in Nakagami-m fading channels contaminated by Partial Band Noise Jamming (PBNJ). The benefits of the 3-stage concatenation of the TH-UWB detector, the unity-rate decoder and the outer IrVLC decoder are quantified. A number of novel Variable Length Coding (VLC) codebooks having different coding rates are utilized by the IrVLC scheme for encoding specific fractions of the input source symbol stream.

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