Code-Assisted Synchronization for UWB-IR Systems: Algorithms and Analysis
Source: University of Leeds
Timing synchronization is a critical challenge in Ultra-WideBand Impulse Radios (UWB-IRs). Conventional full digital synchronization methods encounter implementation difficulties such as high rate sampling and complex RAKE structures. To avoid these challenges, the authors propose a Code-Assisted Blind Synchronization (CABS) algorithm which can also be implemented in a semi-analog method. CABS algorithm relies on the discriminative nature of both the time hopping code and a well-designed polarity code, and the challenging channel estimation can be bypassed during the synchronization phase. In the proposed implementation, the algorithm only requires symbol-rate sampling. The performance of CABS is evaluated, both analytically and numerically, and a data-aided variant of the algorithm is also proposed.