2020 Volume 9 Issue 2 Pages 36-41
This letter proposes a frequency domain equalization (FDE) scheme with a threshold in molecular communication (MC). The responses of a MC channel are tendency to have low pass characteristics and inter-symbol interference limits the data rates of MC. However, because of the characteristics of the MC channel, equalization coefficients for high frequency components may increase. Therefore, noise enhancement occurs and it deteriorates communication performance. As large channel responses concentrate at around a zero-frequency component, in the proposed equalization scheme, the high frequency component of the received signal is eliminated if the equalization coefficient exceeds a threshold in the proposed scheme. Numerical results obtained through computer simulation show that the threshold improves the communication performance with the proposed FDE. It is also shown that the trade-off between the noise enhancement and the pulse waveform effects on the performance.