A comparison of pilot-aided channel estimation methods for OFDMsystems

  • Authors:
  • M. Morelli;U. Mengali

  • Affiliations:
  • Dept. of Inf. Eng., Pisa Univ.;-

  • Venue:
  • IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
  • Year:
  • 2001

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This paper deals with the estimation of the channel impulse response (CIR) in orthogonal frequency division multiplexed (OFDM) systems. In particular, we focus on two pilot-aided schemes: the maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) and the Bayesian minimum mean square error estimator (MMSEE). The advantage of the former is that it is simpler to implement as it needs no information on the channel statistics. On the other hand, the MMSEE is expected to have better performance as it exploits prior information about the channel. Theoretical analysis and computer simulations are used in the comparisons. At SNR values of practical interest, the two schemes are found to exhibit nearly equal performance, provided that the number of pilot tones is sufficiently greater than the CIRs length. Otherwise, the MMSEE is superior. In any case, the MMSEE is more complex to implement