Wagner-like decoding for noncoherent PPM based ultra-low-power communications

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Noncoherent pulse-position modulation (PPM) with simple channel codes has the potential to realize ultra-low power (ULP) wireless design. In this paper, we develop a Wagnerlike decoding rule for single-parity-check and high-rate Reed-Solomon (RS) coded PPM schemes by simply `flipping' the most unreliable received PPM symbol(s) to obtain a good balance between performance and coding complexity. The proposed algorithm can be considered as a list decoding algorithm that first generates a candidate codeword list based on the algebraic structure of the code before applying soft decisions to decode. This approach can result in more power-efficient realizations of the studied schemes. It is shown that our decoding approach can achieve near maximum likelihood decoding performance based on the trellis, while having a significantly lower decoding complexity. In addition, by exploiting the inherent advantage of PPM transmission, it is possible to reduce the candidate list to further simplify the decoding for RS-coded PPM without losing coding gain. This makes the proposed scheme more attractive for ULP communications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 24th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), 8-11 September 2013, London, United Kingdom
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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