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Transceiver Design for MIMO DCO-OFDM in Visible Light Communication

By Jian Dang, Mengting Wu, Liang Wu and Zaichen Zhang

Submitted: November 18th 2016Reviewed: March 29th 2017Published: July 26th 2017

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.68887

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Direct current-biased optical-orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (DCO-OFDM) is a simple yet spectrally efficient multicarrier modulation scheme for visible light communication (VLC). But in multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) scenario, which is more practical for VLC due to the LED deployment, the research on DCO-OFDM is still limited and calls for in-depth investigation. In this chapter, we first study the basic modulation scheme of DCO-OFDM, including the design of conventional receiver without considering the clipping noise. Secondly, we present a novel receiver for combating clipping distortion in the DCO-OFDM system, which can reconstruct the clipping noise and subtract it from the received signal. Thirdly, we generalize the results to MIMO scenario and investigate the preliminary transceiver design, which is based on the minimum mean-square error (MMSE) criteria. Based on this, we propose a precoding algorithm to further enhance the performance. Finally, the symbol error rate performance is compared through computer simulations to give the reader a whole picture of the performance of MIMO VLC system.


  • clipping noise
  • iterative reconstruction
  • transceiver design

1. Introduction

As an important complementary technique to the fifth generation (5G) wireless communication system, visible light communication (VLC) is currently enjoying a promising development in the research area of communication [1]. VLC transmits information with the visible light emitted by the light emitting diodes (LEDs), which are generally deployed to provide indoor illumination simultaneously. In VLC, simple low-cost intensity modulation and direct detection (IM/DD) techniques are employed to send information, which implies that the phase cannot be used to convey any information. Therefore, pulsed modulation schemes such as pulse position modulation (PPM), pulse width modulation (PWM) or on-off keying (OOK) is employed in practical VLC systems [2].

In order to combat the inter-symbol interference caused by the indoor optical wireless channel, orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) has been considered for VLC due to its inherent robustness to multipath effect [3]. In VLC, the transmitted electrical signal is used to modulate the light intensity of the LED. For this purpose, the transmitted electrical signal must be real and non-negative. Therefore, the traditional OFDM needs to be modified to obtain the real-valued signal, which can be produced by imposing Hermitian symmetry symbols on the frequency domain subcarriers and then conducting inverse discrete Fourier transform (IDFT) operation on these frequency domain subcarriers. In general, there are two approaches to obtain non-negative signal from the above real-valued signal. One approach is asymmetrically clipped optical OFDM (ACO-OFDM) which is proposed in Ref. [4]. The other approach is the direct current (DC)-biased optical (DCO-OFDM), which is more spectrally efficient than ACO-OFDM [5]. The differences between ACO-OFDM and DCO-OFDM are explained in more detail in Refs. [5, 6].

One major problem of OFDM modulation is its high peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR), which results from the summation over a large number of subcarriers. Therefore, the time domain DCO-OFDM signal often has to be double-sided clipped to fit the dynamic linear range of the transmitter, which inevitably introduces clipping distortion [7]. Although some papers have analysed the double-sided clipped DCO-OFDM, to our knowledge, few of them focus on improving the performance of the receiver [8]. In Ref. [9], the authors only analysed the performance of the double-sided clipped DCO-OFDM in terms of the achievable data rate and error vector magnitude. In Ref. [8], an optimum DC bias method has been proposed for the double-sided clipped DCO-OFDM in order to decrease the clipping effects of the transmitter. In Refs. [39], only the conventional receiver is utilized in DCO-OFDM. The conventional receiver for DCO-OFDM usually does not care for the clipping noise and only simply subtracts the DC bias from the received signal in the process of demodulation. Not surprisingly, it can only provide suboptimal performance, especially in heavily clipped scenarios. In this chapter, we are interested in designing the high-performance receiver for DCO-OFDM. First, we analyse the structure of the transmitted signal. Then, the clipping noise can be modelled as a certain signal format that is based on the lower and upper clipping bounds. At last, we propose a new receiver for DCO-OFDM, which reconstructs the clipping noise and decodes data in an iterative manner by exploiting the signal structure of the clipping noise. The complexity of the new receiver is comparable with the conventional one. Moreover, the convergence rate of the new receiver is very fast, about 2–5 iterations. Therefore, the proposed receiver can provide a realistic implementation in the DCO-OFDM system. Simulation results demonstrate the large performance gains compared to the conventional receiver.

On the other aspect, the low-cost white LED has limited modulation bandwidth, which prohibits high transmission rate of VLC, and optical multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) can help achieve high data rate by utilizing spatial diversity [10]. Therefore, OFDM can also be deployed together with MIMO in VLC systems to further enhance the bandwidth utilization efficiency and boost the data rates [11, 12]. Some experimental results have demonstrated that high data rates up to gigabit/s can be achieved in the MIMO VLC system [12]. In this chapter, we first describe a MIMO VLC system, which can effectively support the flickering/dimming control and other lighting requirements [13]. Secondly, in order to drive an LED transmitter, we illustrate how the dynamic range constraint and dimming control impact the design of MIMO transceiver [14]. Finally, an advanced method on MIMO transceiver design is proposed and studied by theoretical analysis and simulation. It turns out that the bit error rate (BER) performance of the MIMO VLC system could be improved by the advanced joint optimization method.

For convenience, we summarize the mathematical notations here. Bold and lowercase symbols (e.g. a) denote column vectors. Specifically, 1denotes a column vector whose elements are 1. Bold and uppercase symbols (e.g. H) denote matrices. Specifically, WNdenotes the N × N DFT matrix. The superscripts (⋅)*, (⋅)T, (⋅)H and (⋅)−1 denote the complex conjugate, transpose, conjugate transpose and inverse of a matrix/vector, respectively. sign(a) returns the signs of a (here 0 is replaced by 1), E{ ⋅ } denotes the statistical expectation, diag(⋅) is a diagonal matrix whose entries on the main diagonal are given by a matrix, Tr(⋅) is the trace of a matrix, ‖⋅‖ denotes the Frobenius norm, min(⋅) denotes an element-wise minimum operator and abs(⋅) denotes an element-wise absolute operator.


2. Conventional receiver for DCO-OFDM

2.1. System model of DCO-OFDM

The DCO-OFDM system model considered in this chapter is shown in Figure 1. At the transmitter, the source bits b(coded or uncoded) are first modulated using M-ary square quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) to get the complex signal X. In order to get the real output of time domain OFDM signal after IDFT operation, the input frequency domain vector X˜of the IDFT module must be symmetrically conjugated, which requires Hermitian symmetric expansion of X. The specific expansion is given as follows:

Figure 1.

A DCO-OFDM system model.

X˜(k)={X(K),0kN210,k=N2X*(nk),N2+1kN1. E3

Here, X˜(0)and X˜(N/2)do not carry information and are generally set to zeros. Thus, the number of unique data carrying subcarriers present is N21. Then, the discrete time-domain real-valued OFDM signal xis generated by applying IDFT operation to X˜as


where j=1and Nis the size of IDFT. When Nis not very small, according to the central limit theorem, it is reasonable to model xas an independent identical distributed (i.i.d) Gaussian vector with zero mean. In order to drive the LED and fit the dynamic linear range of the transmitter simultaneously, the signal should be added with a proper DC bias, which leads to xDas


where Dis the DC bias. In DCO-OFDM, double-sided clipping should be applied to xDto fit the dynamic linear range of the LED. Then, xDneeds to be clipped at both lower and upper bounds to get xC, which can be described as

xC(n)={CL,xD(n)<CLxD(n),CL xD(n)CUCU,xD(n)> CUE6

where CLand CUare the lower and upper clipping bounds, respectively, which need to satisfy the constraint of CLxD(n) < CU. We note that Eq. (6) can be rewritten as

xC(n)=x(n)f1(x(n))+Df1(x(n))+CLf2(x(n))+CUf3(x(n)) E7

by defining


In vector form:


At the transmitter, xCis appended with the cyclic prefix (CP) to avoid inter-symbol interference and then drives the LED.

The optical signal from the LED spreads through the optical channel and then arrives at the receiver, where a photodetector (PD) can retrieve the electrical signal on the basis of the intensity of the received optical signal. After removing CP, the received signal in time domain and frequency domain after DFT is denoted as yand Y, respectively. In VLC, the equivalent electrical domain channel between xCand yis denoted by h, which may be a direct path and/or reflected paths. All the components of hare real and non-negative. The frequency domain channel of his denoted as H, and we define H= diag(H), which is based on the principles of OFDM system and the singular value decomposition (SVD) of circle matric. The received signal in the frequency domain can be expressed as


where XC= WNxCand Zis the additive white Gaussian noise in the frequency domain and each of its sample has zero mean and variance σ2. To facilitate the derivation of the new receiver in subsection III, we rewrite Eq. (13) by combining Eqs. (7)–(12) as


It is worth noting that DC bias Dshould be carefully designed to reduce distorting the signal xas little as possible [8], which is beyond the scope of this chapter.

2.2. Conventional receiver design of DCO-OFDM

For the conventional receiver, it does not care for the clipping noise, that is, it models xCas follows:


Thus, the received signal in the frequency domain is


At the receiver, the DC bias is first removed by


Then, based on Eq. (17), the receiver can decode the data. This is a common estimation problem in wireless communications and there are many available estimation methods. Without loss of generality, in this chapter, we select the linear minimum mean-square error (LMMSE) estimator because of its good complexity-performance trade-off. The estimate of X˜is given by


3. Advanced receiver for DCO-OFDM

3.1. Advanced receiver design of DCO-OFDM

While the conventional receiver is simple to implement, it does not suppress the clipping noise in the process of demodulation, which inevitably degrades the system performance severely, especially in a heavily clipped case. Here, we propose a novel receiver, which iteratively reconstructs the clipping noise using the structure of the clipping noise and subtracts it from the received signal. Then, one can get the signal with less clipping noise. Subsequently, we conduct the LMMSE on the signal with less chipping noise to obtain the more accurately detected source bits b^. Based on Eq. (14), the clipping noise is given as


Here in Eq. (19), reconstructing ZCis dependent on the data X˜since f1, f2 and f3 are functions of x. Therefore, we propose the following iterative algorithm to decode the data.

Algorithm 1: Proposed iterative for DCO-OFDM

  1. Step 1.Initialization:

    Using the conventional receiver that is based on Eq. (18), obtain the estimation of X˜, denoted by X˜conv. Then, reconstruct the time domain signal x^which is an approximation of xby performing IDFT operation on X˜conv.

  2. Step 2.Iteration:

    1. Based on Eqs. (8)–(10) and x^, obtain the estimated values of f1,f2 and f3;

    2. Based on Eq. (19), construct the estimated clipping noise Z˜C, and then subtract Z˜Cfrom the received frequency domain signal Yto get the estimate of

      Ysci=YZ˜CHWNF1WNHX+ Z.E200

  3. If F1 is full rank, go to (4) or otherwise go to (5).

  4. Perform LMMSE on Yscito obtain X˜prop, which is an updated estimation of X˜. Then, construct x^based on X˜propby performing IDFT operation;

  5. Based on WNHH1YsciF1x+WHH1Z, or ysciF1x+zsic, if F1(n, n) = 0, replace ysic(n) with the former estimation of x(n). Through the updated ysci, obtain X˜prop, and then construct x^.;

  6. If the algorithm has reached a predefined number of iterations, go to (3) or otherwise go to (1).

  • Step 3.Demapping:

    Extract X˜propwith indices 1, 2, …, N/2 − 1 and then perform demapping to get the source bit estimates b^.

    In the following, we address some issues in the process of implementing the proposed receiver that one should pay attention to.

    1. f1 (⋅) is 0,which corresponds to the negative clipping effects. Thus, F1 cannot be inverted. Therefore, if we suppose that HWNF1WNHcould be inverted, using Ysci=YZ˜CHWNF1WNHX+ Zwith LMMSE will result in bad performance.

    2. To get rid of the inversion of F1, we use the following methods: WNHH1YsciF1x+WHH1Zor ysciF1x+zsic. If F1(n, n) = 0; then no information could be obtained for x(n) from ysic(n); thus, we use former estimation of x(n) If F1(n, n) = 1, then x(n) could be reestimated by ysic(n). After all, x(n) is obtained and X˜could be obtained.

  • 3.2. Numerical results of DCO-OFDM

    In this section, we show numerical results of the average uncoded BER performance for the proposed receiver under different double-sided clipping bounds and different modulation sizes of QAM and compare it with the conventional receiver. The channels are generated using the method in Ref. [2] with the following parameters: an empty room of size 8 m × 6 m × 4 m, the reflection coefficients for the ceiling, the wall and the floor which are 0.8, 0.8 and 0.3, respectively and the LED is attached 0.1 m below the ceiling and the photodetector is 1 m above the floor with an 80 degree of field of view (FOV). The LED pointing straight downward and upward can generate line-of-sight (LOS) and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) channels, respectively. The channels are normalized to have the power 1. The transmit power of xis normalized to 1, that is σx= 1. The upper and lower clipping bounds are set to be linearly proportional to σx. The number of subcarriers is N= 64. The DC bias is set to be 3σx.

    Figures 2 and 3 present the BER performance with the different double-sided clipping bounds and the fixed modulation size M= 16, in LOS and NLOS channels, respectively. Figure 4 shows the BER performance with the different modulation sizes and the fixed double-sided clipping bound (CL= 0, CU= 6σx) in LOS channels. Figure 5 presents the BER performance with the different modulation sizes and the fixed double-sided clipping bound (CL=0, CU=5σx) in NLOS channels. Through simulations, it is observed that the proposed receiver converges after only 2 iterations for most times. Therefore, 2 iterations are involved for the proposed receiver.

    Figure 2.

    BER comparison between the proposed receiver and the conventional receiver with different lower and upper clipping bounds and fixed modulation sizeM= 16 in LOS channels.

    Figure 3.

    BER comparison between the proposed receiver and the conventional receiver with different lower and upper clipping bounds and fixed modulation sizeM= 16 in NLOS channels.

    Figure 4.

    BER comparison between the proposed receiver and the conventional receiver with different modulation sizes and the fixed lower and upper clipping bounds (CL= 0,CU= 6σx) in LOS channels.

    Figure 5.

    BER comparison between the proposed receiver and the conventional receiver with different modulation sizes and the fixed lower and upper clipping bounds (CL= 0,CU= 5σx) in NLOS channels.

    We can obtain several facts from Figures 25. First, the proposed receiver outperforms the conventional one in any case, that is, in both LOS and NLOS and with different double-sided clipping bounds and different modulation sizes. Second, the signal noise ratio (SNR) gain over the conventional receiver could be much more than 3 dB, especially when decreasing the clipping range. Although the SNR gain over the conventional receiver could fade away when increasing the clipping range, the larger clipping range requires the larger dynamic linear range of the LED, which is difficult to satisfy in practice. Finally, the proposed receiver can give better performance when higher order QAM formats are employed. Therefore, the proposed receiver can provide better performance than the conventional receiver.

    4. Transceiver design for MIMO DCO-OFDM

    In the field of MIMO VLC system, the joint design of precoder and equalizer still need deep research. In previous works, a simple way to design the transceiver in MIMO VLC systems was to apply the channel matrix inversion at the receiver side [12]. If the channel matrix is rank-deficient or not squared, pseudo-inversion operation is used instead. However, these methods might result in noise amplification if the values of elements in the channel matrix were low [15]. In Refs. [13, 14], a MIMO VLC system was proposed, which can effectively support the flickering/dimming control and other lighting requirements. Moreover, in such a system, the precoder and equalizer can be adaptively optimized according to different input signals and various illumination levels. Based on Ref. [14], we propose an advanced transceiver design on MIMO VLC systems, which will be detailed in this section.

    4.1. System model of MIMO DCO-OFDM

    A MIMO DCO-OFDM system for optical wireless communication is surveyed and simulated in Ref. [16], and from this research, it is known that an MIMO DCO-OFDM system can be equivalently split into Nparallel MIMO subsystems with single-tap channels in the frequency domain, where Nis the number of subcarriers. Therefore, for simplicity and without loss of generality, we only investigate a specific subcarrier of the MIMO DCO-OFDM system which can be modelled as a single-path MIMO subsystem. The result can be readily extended to the whole MIMO DCO-OFDM system. Figure 6 shows the simplified MIMO subsystem with NtLEDs at the transmitter and Nrphotodetectors at the receiver. The optical MIMO channel is modelled as an Nt× Nrmatrix, whose element hmn is real-valued and represents the channel gain between the nth LED and the mth PD.

    Figure 6.

    The simplified MIMO DCO-OFDM system model.

    Here, we assume that the channel response in each transmission period is flat, and the multi-level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM) is a practical example for this section. Moreover, PPM or PWM is not considered here because different pulse positions and various pulse widths (caused by dimming control) from different LEDs can make MIMO detection more complicated than the case of PAM. Since VLC employs IM/DD technology, the signals must be real-valued. Thus, all vectors and matrices are real-valued in this chapter.

    4.1.1. Transmitter side

    From Figure 6, we know that Ntbinary data streams are firstly modulated into the source data vector s(τ)=[s1(τ),,sNt(τ)]TFor convenience, we ignore the time index τ in the rest of this chapter. Taking into account the actual situation, we assume that the source data skis zero mean and bounded as


    Because of the characteristics of the optical channel, the source data streams cannot drive the LEDs directly. To meet dimming control and the dynamic-range constraints of LEDs, the source data vector will be multiplied by an Nt× Nrprecoder matrix Fand then added by the DC biasing p= p× 1, which is shown in Figure 6. Such a MIMO VLC transmitter structure was firstly introduced in Ref. [13] but only the real-valued LED transmission signals were considered.

    The transmitted signal can be expressed as y= Fs+ p, where we assume that the LED electrical-to-optical conversion is linearized [17] and the overall gain is chosen as 1 for convenience without loss of generality. For each LED, we assume that [l, u] (0 < l) is the dynamic-range constraint, and in order to meet the dimming control, we should have


    Combining with Eq. (20), we know that the signal after precoder satisfies


    So, we need


    to meet the brightness control of LEDs, and we can rewrite Eqs. (23) and (24) as


    where u= u× 1,l= l× 1. The DC bias vector can affect the performance of precoder and equalizer, and from Ref. [13], we can know that the BER performance is best when the DC bias is the midpoint of land u. That is, when p=12(l+u), we can get a high-performance precoder and equalizer under the constraint of Eq. (25).

    4.1.2. Receiver side

    From Figure 6, we know that NrPDs are used to convert the optical signals to electrical signals at receiver. The received signals can be expressed as


    where nis the additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) with zero mean and independent of the data. That is, all the noise components are independently identically distributed. After removing DC components, the signal can be represented by


    and a linear equalizer is used to recover the source data, which is shown as


    Finally, after the decoding part, the source signal is demodulated from d. There are some detection methods to estimate the source data, and we utilize the MMSE criterion:

    s˜=arg minsSds2,E29

    where Sis the set of all possible source data vectors.

    4.2. Transceiver design of MIMO DCO-OFDM

    In this section, we focus on designing the MIMO transceiver with the knowledge of the channel state information (CSI), which means, given the channel matrix H, we should determine the procoder matrix Fand the equalizer matrix G.

    4.2.1. Iterative MMSE transceiver

    In order to recover the source data from the received signal, we can formulate the problem below: design the procoder matrix Fat the transmitter and the equalizer matrix Gat the receiver to minimize the MSE between the transmitted data and the recovered data, that is,

    minF,GMSE(d,s,F,G)s.t. abs(F)bmin{up,pl} .E30

    Given the channel matrix H, we have


    where Rs=E{ssH}, Rn=E{nnH}. In this chapter, we assume that the source data is independent of the noise. Combining Eq. (30) with Eq. (31), an iterative algorithm was developed in [13, 14], which is briefly shown in next two steps:

    1. Updating Gas Fis given:

      Given F, by setting MSE(d,s,F,G)G=0, we have the MMSE equalizer:


    2. Updating Fas Gis given:

      Given G, we can update Fby minimum Eq. (31), which is linear and contains the element-wise absolute operator, and it is difficult to use the traditional optimization algorithm to get F. With the help of matrix multiplication knowledge [18], the objective function of Eq. (31) can be rewritten as


    So far, the original optimization problem can be transformed into a convex linearly constrained quadratic programme (LCQP) problem, which can be solved by a software package for convex programmes called CVX [13]. Through simulations, it is observed that the iterative MMSE transceiver converges after only five iterations for most times. Therefore, five iterations are involved for the iterative MMSE transceiver.

    4.2.2. Advanced MMSE transceiver

    The iterative MMSE transceiver presented in the previous section is a quite smart method to design the MIMO transceiver, which can effectively support the dimming control, dynamic-range constraint and other VLC-specific requirements. However, we find that the boundary condition of Eq. (25) is too harsh for practical applications, which can lead to a waste of illumination bandwidth. Thus, we propose a coefficient rto enlarge F, that is,


    where Fiteis the precoder we get from the iterative MMSE transceiver [14] and Fadvis the advanced precoder. With r, the elements of Fadvmake any signal that satisfies


    which improves the BER performance of MIMO transceiver in practical VLC systems.

    Algorithm 2: Advanced algorithm for joint design ofFandG

    1. Step 1.Initialization:

      1. Estimate channel matrix Hand noise parameter Rn;

      2. Set illumination constraint [l, u] and modulation scheme (band Fs).

      3. Initialize precoder matrix F0 within the constraint of Eq. (25), for example, F0=tINt, where 0<tmin1kNt{upbk,plbk}.

    2. Step 2.Iteration:

      1. Update Giwith given Fi−1 by using Eq. (32).

      2. With Gi, rewrite objective function Eq. (33) and figure out optimal Fiby CVX.

      3. i = i +1.

    3. Step 3.Termination:

      FiFi12Fi12103, where 10−3 is the predefined threshold or i= 50, where 50 is the predefined default max iteration number.

    4. Step 4.Application:

      1. Use Fitethat we get from Step 3 and Eq. (35); then we can obtain rand Fadv;

      2. Update Gadvwith Fadvagain by using Eq. (32).

      3. Apply Fadvand Gadvas MIMO transceivers in practical VLC systems.

    4.3. Numerical results of MIMO DCO-OFDM

    Here, we assume the channels are flat for simplicity but the results could be extended to frequency-selective channels with proper modifications. In the previous sections, we have performed theoretical analysis of the optimal transceiver design for the MIMO VLC systems, and the advanced iterative MMSE transceiver can be easily implemented into the practical design of the procoder and equalizer. In this section, we would like to show some simulation results to verify the proposed MIMO VLC system and the advanced iterative MMSE algorithm. Through simulations, it is observed that the advanced MMSE transceiver converges after only 5 iterations for most times, which is the same as the iterative MMSE transceiver. In the advanced MMSE transceiver, the number of iterations is no more than M, and in each iteration, a matrix inversion and a CVX operation are needed to be done so the total complexity of the proposed algorithm is O(MNt3)+O(Q), and 0(Q) is the complexity of the CVX operation.

    In the simulation, we consider a 5 × 5 MIMO VLC system and we choose the channel matric as H=[0.63860.04830.49790.79620.71410.42110.14840.09810.95480.08050.92160.34720.97090.74170.02210.27880.91400.78470.18950.27340.71150.07000.15180.05380.5241]; the dimming control of LEDs is selected as l=1and u=9. We assume the signals and the noise are independently identically distributed; then, we have Rs=σs2I5and Rn=σn2I5. Because the precoder will adaptively adjust the transmitted signal power, we set σs2=1. Additionally, 2-PAM/4-PAM/8-PAM/16-PAM are used, thus, bk=1/35/721/1585(power normalization, e.g. σs2=1). From Ref. [13], we choose p=12(l+u)=5, and we can get a high-performance precoder and equalizer under the constraint of Eq. (25). For the SNR consideration, the noise power is selected from the range [−30, 10] dBm.

    Two different MIMO schemes are compared in our simulations: the first scheme utilizes the MMSE precoder and equalizer derived from the iterative algorithm in Section 5.2.1. In the second scheme, the advanced MMSE precoder and equalizer derived from the algorithm 2 are used. Moreover, we take into consideration the impact of dimming control and BER that is simulated as the metric to evaluate the performance. The simulation results of the BER performance of the different transceivers with various noise levels in MIMO VLC systems are shown in Figure 7.

    Figure 7.

    BER performance of the iterative MMSE transceivers and the advanced MMSE transceivers with various noise levels.

    From Figure 7, we can see that the advanced MMSE transceiver is better than the iterative MMSE transceiver, especially when we use higher-order PAM. In fact, although the advanced MMSE transceiver is a little complicated than the iterative MMSE transceiver, it is still acceptable because the BER performance has been significantly improved and the indoor VLC system is static in most cases. The optical channel matrix does not change frequently, so the transceivers calculated from our advance MMSE algorithm can be adopted for a long time.

    5. Conclusion

    In this research, a novel receiver for DCO-OFDM is proposed. The receiver can accurately reconstruct the clipping noise in an iterative manner and then subtract it from the received signal, which can greatly decrease the effects of clipping noise on the system performance. Simulation results showed that the proposed receiver could achieve significant performance gain over the conventional receiver. Based on this, we investigated a MIMO VLC system with illumination control. In contract to radio frequency (RF) systems, VLC systems are limited in dynamic range, which means the transmitter should guarantee that the signal is above the turn-on value land below the saturation value uof the LED. Under these VLC-specific requirements, we propose an advanced MMSE transceiver based on the iterative MMSE transceiver [14]. From our analysis and simulation, we conclude that the BER performance of our advanced MMSE transceiver is better than the iterative MMSE transceiver in MIMO VLC system when the DC bias is the midpoint of the dynamic range [13].



    This work is supported by Southeast University 3-Category Academic Programmes Project (optical wireless communication and software-defined radio), Jiangsu NSF project (no. BK20140646), and Top-Notch Academic Programmes Project of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (no. PPZY2015A035).

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