ICA based joint semi-blind equalization and CFO estimation for OFDMA systems

Yufei Jiang, Xu Zhu, Eng Gee Lim, Yi Huang, Hai Lin

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We propose a joint independent component analysis (ICA) based equalization and carrier frequency offset (CFO) estimation scheme for orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) systems, which requires only a single pilot, resulting in a very low spectral overhead. On the one hand, a low-complexity ambiguity elimination method is proposed in the ICA equalized signals. By designing and exploring a fixed order of correlation in the transmitted signals, the permutation ambiguity problem is solved, while the remaining quadrant ambiguity is eliminated by one pilot symbol. One the another hand, linear CFO estimation is performed with a closed-form solution based on the phase difference between adjacent rows in the CFO-corrupted channel structure. Simulation results show that the proposed semi-blind ICA based scheme not only outperforms some existing CFO estimation approaches, but also provides a bit error rate (BER) performance, comparable to the ideal case with perfect channel state information (CSI) and no CFO.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7037338
Pages (from-to)3430-3434
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings - IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2014 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2014 - Austin, United States
Duration: 8 Dec 201412 Dec 2014


  • CFO
  • independent component analysis (ICA)


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