Shaping spectral leakage for IEEE 802.11p vehicular communications

Thinh H. Pham, Ian Vince McLoughlin, Suhaib A. Fahmy

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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IEEE 802.11p is a recently defined standard for the physical (PHY) and medium access control (MAC) layers for Dedicated Short-Range Communications. Four Spectrum Emission Masks (SEMs) are specified in 802.11p that are much more stringent than those for current 802.11 systems. In addition, the guard interval in 802.11p has been lengthened by reducing the bandwidth to support vehicular communication (VC) channels, and this results in a narrowing of the frequency guard. This raises a significant challenge for filtering the spectrum of 802.11p signals to meet the specifications of the SEMs. We investigate state of the art pulse shaping and filtering techniques for 802.11p, before proposing a new method of shaping the 802.11p spectral leakage to meet the most stringent, class D, SEM specification. The proposed method, performed at baseband to relax the strict constraints of the radio frequency (RF) front-end, allows 802.11p systems to be implemented using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) 802.11a RF hardware, resulting in reduced total system cost.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


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