Frequency offset tracking in OFDM based on multicarrier PLL

M. R. Dacca, G. Levin, D. Wulich

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A novel algorithm for frequency offset tracking in Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) is proposed. The algorithm is based on decision-feedback and assumes differential reception. It makes it possible to track the frequency shift of an OFDM signal transmitted over a frequency dispersive channel. The channel is assumed to be time invariant for each OFDM sub-carrier. The processing is performed in the base band part and does not require any processing in the RF stage. A novel Multicarrier Phase Locked Loop (MPLL) for frequency shift tracking is described. The MPLL explores some unique features of the OFDM. A low-complexity real-time algorithm is obtained. It is shown that a receiver based on the suggested algorithm works well even for a relatively low Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) and its performance closely approaches that of differential detection without a frequency offset. We show that the proposed frequency offset compensation may be used in a tracking mode in OFDM receivers and may be implemented for High Frequency (HF) communication, Digital Audio Broadcasting, Underwater Acoustic communications or Digital Subscriber Lines.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2000
Event21st Century Military Communications Conference Proceedings MILCOM 2000 - Los Angeles, CA, United States
Duration: 22 Oct 200025 Oct 2000


Conference21st Century Military Communications Conference Proceedings MILCOM 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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