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Performance Evaluation of Linear Turbo Receivers Using Analytical Extrinsic Information Transfer Functions

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20052005:512359

  • Received: 13 October 2003
  • Published:


Turbo-receivers reduce the effect of the interference-limited propagation channels through the iterative exchange of information between the front-end receiver and the channel decoder. Such an iterative (turbo) process is difficult to describe in a closed form so the performance evaluation is often done by means of extensive numerical simulations. Analytical methods for performance evaluation have also been proposed in the literature, based on Gaussian approximation of the output of the linear signal combiner. In this paper, we propose to use mutual information to parameterize the logarithmic-likelihood ratios (LLRs) at the input/output of the decoder, casting our approach into the framework of extrinsic information transfer (EXIT) analysis. We find the EXIT functions of the front-end (FE) receiver analytically, that is, using solely the information about the channel state. This is done, decomposing the FE receiver into elementary blocks described independently. Our method gives an insight into the principle of functioning of the linear turbo-receivers, allows for an accurate calculation of the expected bit error rate in each iteration, and is more flexible than the one previously used in the literature, allowing us to analyze the performance for various FE structures. We compare the proposed analytical method with the results of simulated data transmission in case of multiple antennas transceivers.

Keywords and phrases

  • iterative receivers
  • turbo processing
  • performance analysis
  • MIMO systems

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electronic Engineering, Technical University Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, 239-0123, Chile
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Énergie, Matériaux,et Télécommunications, Université du Québec Montreal, Quebec, J3X 1S2, Canada


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