Non-orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing
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where are the data symbols, is the number of sub-carriers, and is the N-OFDM symbol time. The sub-carrier spacing for makes them non-orthogonal over each symbol period.
Idealized system model
This section describes a simple idealized N-OFDM system model suitable for a time-invariant AWGN channel.
Transmitter N-OFDM signals
An N-OFDM carrier signal is the sum of a number of not-orthogonal subcarriers, with baseband data on each subcarrier being independently modulated commonly using some type of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) or phase-shift keying (PSK). This composite baseband signal is typically used to modulate a main RF carrier.
is a serial stream of binary digits. By inverse multiplexing, these are first demultiplexed into parallel streams, and each one mapped to a (possibly complex) symbol stream using some modulation constellation (QAM, PSK, etc.). Note that the constellations may be different, so some streams may carry a higher bit-rate than others.
A Digital Signal Processor (DSP) is computed on each set of symbols, giving a set of complex time-domain samples. These samples are then quadrature-mixed to passband in the standard way. The real and imaginary components are first converted to the analogue domain using digital-to-analogue converters (DACs); the analogue signals are then used to modulate cosine and sine waves at the carrier frequency, , respectively. These signals are then summed to give the transmission signal, .
The receiver picks up the signal , which is then quadrature-mixed down to baseband using cosine and sine waves at the carrier frequency. This also creates signals centered on , so low-pass filters are used to reject these. The baseband signals are then sampled and digitised using analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), and a forward FFT is used to convert back to the frequency domain.
This returns parallel streams, which use in appropriate symbol detector.
The combination N-OFDM and MIMO technology is similar to OFDM.
N-OFDM has become a technique for power line communications (PLC). In this area of research, a wavelet transform is introduced to replace the DFT as the method of creating non-orthogonal frequencies. This is due to the advantages wavelets offer, which are particularly useful on noisy power lines.
To create the sender signal the wavelet N-OFDM uses a synthesis bank consisting of a -band transmultiplexer followed by the transform function
On the receiver side, an analysis bank is used to demodulate the signal again. This bank contains an inverse transform
followed by another -band transmultiplexer.\ The relationship between both transform functions is
Spectrally efficient FDM (SEFDM)
GFDM is generalized frequency division multiplexing.
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