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Analysis and Design of Timing Recovery Schemes for DMT Systems over Indoor Power-Line Channels

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EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20072007:048931

  • Received: 31 October 2006
  • Accepted: 23 March 2007
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Discrete multitone (DMT) modulation is a suitable technique to cope with main impairments of broadband indoor power-line channels: spectral selectivity and cyclic time variations. Due to the high-density constellations employed to achieve the required bit-rates, synchronization issues became an important concern in these scenarios. This paper analyzes the performance of a conventional DMT timing recovery scheme designed for linear time-invariant (LTI) channels when employed over indoor power lines. The influence of the channel cyclic short-term variations and the sampling jitter on the system performance is assessed. Bit-rate degradation due to timing errors is evaluated in a set of measured channels. It is shown that this synchronization mechanism limits the system performance in many residential channels. Two improvements are proposed to avoid this end: a new phase error estimator that takes into account the short-term changes in the channel response, and the introduction of notch filters in the timing recovery loop. Simulations confirm that the new scheme eliminates the bit-rate loss in most situations.


  • Phase Error
  • Measured Channel
  • Notch Filter
  • Channel Response
  • Cyclic Time

Authors’ Affiliations

Departamento de Ingeniería de Comunicaciones, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de Telecomunicación, Universidad de Málaga, Málaga, 29071, Spain


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