2008 Volume 5 Issue 18 Pages 738-743
In this report, we propose a new MMSE channel estimation algorithm for OFDM systems. It is well-known that time domain maximum likelihood estimators (MSEs) show highly accurate impulse response estimation by using the time domain long preamble of the OFDM frame. On the other hand, the impulse response estimation based on the minimum mean square error (MMSE) criterion achieves superior channel estimation in low SNR conditions; however, it requires prior statistical information such as delay profiles of channels. In addition, the computational complexity becomes large because of the inverse matrix calculation. In order to overcome these issues, we propose to estimate the power delay profile of the channel by using the MLE, and to suppress the increase of the computational complexity for the matrix inverse calculation by applying the conjugate gradient method without degradation of the PER performance.