Bit constrained communication receivers in joint radar communications systems

Dingyou Ma, Nir Shlezinger, Tianyao Huang, Yimin Liu, Yonina C. Eldar

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Dual function radar and communications (DFRC) systems are the focus of growing research attention. The common DFRC setup considers simultaneous probing and information transmission to a remote receiver, typically involving complex radar-oriented waveforms, whose detection can induce a notable burden on the receiver. In many DFRC applications, the communication receivers are devices which are limited in terms of hardware, power, and memory resources. These receivers are required to extract the desired information from the received dual-function waveform, while operating with a given bit budget. In this paper, we design bit constrained communication receivers in dual-function systems, by considering hybrid analog/digital architectures and treating their operation as task-based quantization. We study two forms of analog processing in these hybrid receivers, allowing to combine inputs in different time instances and antennas or only in different antennas at the same time instance. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed task-based quantization strategy outperforms receivers operating only in the digital domain with the same total number of quantization bits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8243-8247
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings - ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2021 - Virtual, Toronto, Canada
Duration: 6 Jun 202111 Jun 2021


  • Dual function radar-communications
  • Task-based quantization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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