Low complexity iterative detection for OFDMA uplink with frequency offsets

S. Ahmed*, Li Zhang

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In this work, we propose an iterative algorithm for the detection of transmitted symbols at the uplink of an orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) system. The algorithm allows distinct frequency-offsets (FO)s from each user that cause multiple-access and self interference. The proposed algorithm squeezes the interference of subcarrier k into 2D + 1 nearby subcarriers by preprocessing the received signal and yields a banded structure interference matrix. Here, the value of D depends on the FO and determines the squeezing depth. The proposed algorithm exploits this banded structure and realizes a low complexity iterative soft-interference-cancellation minimum mean-squared error (SIC-MMSE) equalizer that can be used in Turbo equalization. Simulation results show that the bit-error-rate (BER) performance of the proposed algorithm outperforms existing detection algorithms and is very much close to the zero-FO frequency-domain-equalization (zero-FO-FDE).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4801471
Pages (from-to)1199-1205
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • FOs synchronization
  • Iterative detection
  • OFDMA uplink

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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