OFDM Modulation and Demodulation (AWGN) – II

We have previously looked at a simple OFDM modulation and demodulation scheme. We saw that the BER performance of OFDM in AWGN was the same as the BER performance of the underlying modulation scheme (QPSK in this case). We will now continuously improve upon our basic simulation to get a more realistic picture. In this regard we introduce the cyclic prefix which is used in OFDM to overcome Intersymbol Interference. The duration of the cyclic prefix is 0.8usec (16 samples at 20MHz) resulting in a symbol duration of 4usec (IEEE 802.11a). Given below is the code for OFDM modulation and demodulation with cyclic prefix.

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
% FUNCTION TO CALCULATE BER OF OFDM IN AWGN
% seq_len: Input, number of OFDM symbols
% n_carr: Input, number of subcarriers 
% EbNo: Input, energy per bit to noise PSD
% ber: Output, bit error rate
% Copyright RAYmaps (www.raymaps.com)
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
function[ber]=OFDM_err(seq_len,n_carr,EbNo)
n_pre=16;                                                             
n_tot=n_carr+n_pre;                                                   
for n=1:seq_len
si=2*(round(rand(1,n_carr))-0.5);                                     
sq=2*(round(rand(1,n_carr))-0.5);                                              
s=si+j*sq;                                                            
s_ofdm=sqrt(n_carr)*ifft(s,n_carr);                                   
s_cyc=sqrt(n_carr/n_tot)*([s_ofdm(49:64),s_ofdm]);                    
wn=(1/sqrt(2*10^(EbNo/10)))*(randn(1,n_tot)+j*randn(1,n_tot));        
r=s_cyc+wn;                                                           
r_ext=r(17:80);                                                       
s_est=fft(r_ext,n_carr);                                              
si_est=sign(real(s_est));                                             
sq_est=sign(imag(s_est));                                             
ber1(n)=(n_carr-sum(si==si_est))/n_carr;                              
ber2(n)=(n_carr-sum(sq==sq_est))/n_carr;                               
end
ber=mean([ber1 ber2]);                                                
return
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Since the number of samples is increased from 64 to 80 their is an increase in symbol energy. Therefore the signal level needs to be scaled by a factor of sqrt(64/80) to keep the total symbol energy to be the same. This results in approximately 1dB of loss in BER performance as shown in the figure below.

OFDM BER

Author: Yasir Ahmed (aka John)

More than 20 years of experience in various organizations in Pakistan, USA and Europe. Worked as Research Assistant within Mobile and Portable Radio Group (MPRG) of Virginia Tech and was one of the first researchers to propose Space Time Block Codes for eight transmit antennas. The collaboration with MPRG continued even after graduating with an MSEE degree and has resulted in 12 research publications and a book on Wireless Communications. Worked for Qualcomm USA as an Engineer with the key role of performance and conformance testing of UMTS modems. Qualcomm is the inventor of CDMA technology and owns patents critical to the 5G and 4G standards.

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2 thoughts on “OFDM Modulation and Demodulation (AWGN) – II

  1. Hello Sir,

    Can you send me your Matlab code about “BER for WiMAX under Fading Channel”. I want to study your code for my final year project.

    Hopefully, you will give it to me. Please send me to my email daikuya21@gmail.com

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