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Wavelet Based Multicarrier Modulation (MCM) Systems: PAPR Analysis

By Jamaluddin Zakaria and Mohd Fadzli Mohd Salleh

Submitted: June 23rd 2020Reviewed: October 21st 2020Published: December 14th 2020

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.94579

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Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) is a prominent system in transmitting multicarrier modulation (MCM) signals over selective fading channel. The system offers to attain a higher degree of bandwidth efficiency, higher data transmission, and robust to narrowband frequency interference. However, it incurs a high peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) where the signals work in the nonlinear region of the high-power amplifier (HPA) results in poor performance. Besides, an attractive dynamic wavelet analysis and its derivatives such as wavelet packet transform (WPT) demonstrates almost the same criteria as the OFDM in MCM system. Wavelet surpasses Fourier based analysis by inherent flexibility in terms of windows function for non-stationary signal. In wavelet-based MCM systems (wavelet OFDM (WOFDM) and Wavelet packet OFDM (WP-OFDM)), the constructed orthogonal modulation signals behaves similar to the fast Fourier transform (FFT) does in the conventional OFDM (C-OFDM) system. With no cyclic prefix (CP) need to be applied, these orthogonal signals hold higher bandwidth efficiency. Hence, this chapter presents a comprehensive study on the manipulation of specified parameters using WP-OFDM, WOFDM and C-OFDM signals together with various wavelets under the additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel.


  • multicarrier modulation (MCM)
  • orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)
  • peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR)
  • wavelet transform
  • wavelet packet transform (WPT)

1. Introduction

Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technique provides a number of advantages: In OFDM since the subcarriers are overlapped, accomplishes a higher degree of spectral efficiency that results in higher transmission data rates. Considering the use of the efficient FFT technique, the process is considered computationally lower. Besides, in the Single-Carrier Modulation (SCM) the ISI problem which commonly occurs the use of the cyclic prefix (CP) greatly eliminates the problem [1]. The division of a channel into several narrowband flat fading (subchannels) results in the subchannels being more resilient towards frequency selective fading. The loss of any subcarrier(s) due to channel frequency selectivity, proper channel coding schemes can recover the lost data [1]. Thus, this technique offers robust protection against channel impairments without the need to implement an equalizer as in the SCM, and this greatly reduces the overall system complexity. However, the high Peak-to-Average Power Ratio (PAPR) has been the major drawback in the OFDM system. This situation happens when the peak OFDM signals surpass the specified threshold and as a result the high-power amplifier (HPA) operates in a nonlinear region. This produces spectral regrowth of the OFDM signals and broken the orthogonality among the subcarriers. Thus, the effect on bit error rate (BER) performance at the receiver is poor.

To deliver massive high-speed data over a wireless channel, Multi-carrier-modulation (MCM) scheme has been widely used transmission technique. Despite its advantages, the MCM scheme is prone to high PAPR signal transmission, which has been single out as the main difficulty. In the MCM scheme, the conventional way to obtain orthogonal subcarrier signals is by using a Fourier transform. The emergence of wavelet transforms has paved the way for new promising techniques to obtain orthogonal subcarrier signals in future MCM systems. Wavelet transforms have been testified practical for the MCM system due to the orthogonal overlapping symbols property that they possess in time and frequency domains, respectively.

In order to mitigate PAPR, there have been many techniques proposed in literature either to reduce the peak power with fixed average power or alter the distribution so that the average power produced has smaller peak power [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Due to this, there are two categories of PAPR reduction techniques which are called as signal distortion technique and signal scrambling technique. A prominent technique known as Partial Transmit Sequence (PTS) has been first introduced in [7]. This technique categorized as signal scrambling offers big potential for further exploration as explored in the works [8, 9, 10, 11].

This chapter presents the analysis of various wavelet families in their applicability towards MCM systems and their PAPR profiles. Details analysis is presented for obtaining the BER results for various Wavelets.

2. Background

2.1 Wavelet transform

In this section the basic concept of wavelet and wavelet packet transform (WPT) are presented. The WPT is constructed based on the continuous wavelet transform (CWT) and wavelet transform (WT) theory. For ease of reading, all the following equations in these subsections are mostly taken from [12, 13, 14, 15].

2.1.1 Discrete wavelet transform (DWT)

The computation cost for wavelet coefficients in the CWT is high since they are highly redundant data, which is not desirable for real application. Therefore, discrete wavelets offer as the alternative for practical applications. In discrete wavelets, the scalable and translatable wavelets are discrete. The process of discrete scaling and translation of the mother wavelet can be expressed as


where a 0 represents the fixed step of dilation and b 0 indicates the translation factor. The integer αand βsignify the indices scale and translation, respectively. The scaling in time domain correlates with an inverse scaling in frequency domain, therefore the product of Δta,bΔfa,bis independent of the dilation parameter a. If any time resolution gain is obtained, this inversely effect the cost of frequency resolution and vice versa. Therefore, this detains the Heisenberg uncertainty principle for the dilated and translated wavelet ψCWTa,btand the mother wavelet ψCWTt. The most natural choice for dilation step is 2 that results in octave bands or dyadic scales. The wavelet is compressed in frequency domain by a factor of 2 for each successive value of scale index. This produces the stretched in time domain by the same factor. The translation factor is set to the value of “1” to get the dyadic sampling fashion. The time-shift and scaling function are set as [16];


where Z is the set of all integer numbers, and L2Ris the vector space of square integrated function. The parameter v0is a space spanned by scaling function, which is defined as


In this subspace, if xtv0, it can be expressed as


One can increase the size of the subspace by changing the time scale of the scaling functions. The two-dimensional parameterization (time and scale) of scaling function φtfrom v0to vαcan be expressed as


Then, the new function for the expanded subspace is given as


In the extended subspace, whenever xtva, then it can be expressed as


From (Eq. (7)), the span is larger than v 0, for α>0and φα,βtable to represent the finer detail (due to its finer scale). For α<0this condition is true that represents for the coarse scale. Wavelet obeys to multi-resolution concept’s requirement, where every signal is decomposed into finer detail gradually as expressed as [17, 18].

v2 v1 v0 v1 v2 .E8

where the terms v+=L2, and v=0indicate that within the same vector space of L2, there exist both high resolution and low-resolution coefficients. Consequently, if xtva, then x2tva+1. Additionally, the ϕtterm is expressed as the weighted sum of the time-shifted scaling function


where the term h(n) represents the scaling function coefficients (sequence of real or imaginary numbers). The vα+1is the expanded space of vαand wαrepresents the corresponding orthogonal complement. Therefore, a new set of spaces is produced. Suppose that wα+1be the subspace spanned by the wavelet, the enlargement of v 1 and v 2 space are written as (Eq. (10)) below and as illustrated as in Figure 1 [19].

Figure 1.

Wavelet vector spaces and scaling function.


The definition of the wavelet function ψtis the same as the scaling space v0. Let the space spanned by the wavelet function ψβtbe w0, and the expanded space spanned by ψα,βtbe wαthat is obtained after using (Eq. (3)) to (Eq. (6)). The wαterm is orthogonal to vαand thus the orthogonality between φtand ψtis given as [19];


Due to these wavelets are in space spanned by the next finer scaling function, the wavelet function ψ(t) can be expressed by the sum of the weighted time-shifted wavelet function given as


where g(n) is called the wavelet function coefficient. The relationship between wavelet filter g(n) and scaling filter h(n) can be expressed as [19];


Both coefficients are restricted by the orthogonality condition. If h(n) has a finite even length N, then the (Eq. (13)) can be rewritten as


The wavelet function coefficients gnis normally required by the orthonormal perfect reconstruction (PR) process. In the communication system point of view, this PR process offers advantage to the receiver whereby the received signals can be reconstructed perfectly. For example, Haar wavelet below is analyzed with the wavelet function ψtcan be expressed as


and its scaling function is


Furthermore, the basic version of Haar wavelet for wavelet and scaling function is shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2.

Haar Wavelet transform (a) mother wavelet function, (b) scaling function.

The Haar filter coefficients are obtained by applying (Eq. (9)) and (Eq. (12)).


Furthermore, the signal xtL2Rhas its discrete wavelet expansion given as [14].


where α,β,Zwhich Zis real integer. The α0is an arbitrary integer, and L2Ris the vector space of the square integrated function. The frequency (or scale) and time localizations are provided by the parameters αand βrespectively. The approximation coefficient and the detail coefficient have been deduced as cαβand dαβrespectively.

In the wavelet expansion, by manipulating (Eq. (9)) and (Eq. (19)), the higher scale (i.e. α+1) can also be obtained that results the approximation coefficient as


while the detail coefficient is expressed as


Both the terms of cαβand dαβin (Eq. (20) and (21)) are computed by taking the weighted sum of DWT coefficients of higher scale α+1. In order to obtain the scaling of the DWT coefficients cαβat scale α, the scaling function coefficient hnis convolved with the scaling DWT coefficients cα+1βat scale α+1, followed by subsampling with a factor of 2. Similarly, to obtain the wavelet DWT coefficients dαβat scale α, the wavelet function coefficient gnis convolved with the scaling DWT coefficients cα+1βat scale α+1, followed by subsampling with a factor of 2. Hence, as shown in Figure 3, that both of these expressions can be illustrated as 2-channel filter banks analysis [20].

Figure 3.

DWT decomposition (single level).

The input signal to the 2-channel filter bank is split into two parts. The first portion of the signal goes to filter H and second goes to filter G. Subsequently, both the filtered signals are subsampled by 2. Each filtered signal contains half of the number of original samples and spans half of the frequency band. However, the number of samples at the output of the filter bank is the same as the original signal since there are two filters used. The decomposition process starts at the largest scale of cβ. If there are three level of decompositions involved, this implies the term c3βexist and produces the terms c0β, d0β, d1βand d2βat the decomposition branches, as illustrated in Figure 4.

Figure 4.

DWT decomposition (three level).

On the other hand, the reconstruction of the DWT coefficients process is expressed by (Eq. (19)). If (Eq. (9)) (for scaling refinement) and (Eq. (12)) (wavelet function) are substituted into (Eq. (19)) (reconstruction function), thus produces


By multiplying both sides of (Eq. (22)) with φ2α+1βand taking the integral produces the lower scale of DWT coefficients [18], the scaling DWT coefficients of higher scale is given as


This implies that the scaling DWT coefficients at a certain value α+1can be computed by taking the weighted sum of wavelet DWT coefficients that are multiplied with the scaling DWT coefficients at scale α. Figure 5 illustrates this process which is known as a 2-channel synthesis filter bank. The scaling DWT coefficients cαβand wavelet DWT coefficients dαβat scale αare first up-sampled by factor 2. Then, the scaling DWT coefficients cαβare filtered with a LPF Ĥ, and the wavelet DWT coefficients dαβare filtered with a HPF Ĝrespectively. Finally, the two filtered signals are added together to form the scaling DWT coefficients at scale α+1i.e. cα+1β.

Figure 5.

DWT reconstruction (single level).

In short, the DWT decomposes signals into coefficients. The IDWT reconstructs the original signals from coefficients which can be implemented efficiently by iterating the 2-channel synthesis filter bank.

2.1.2 Wavelet packet transform (WPT)

In DWT decomposition, the direction of decomposition is heading towards the low pass branches, i.e. the sequence of iteration for the 2-channel filter bank is always taking the low pass filters. At the end of decomposition, the low frequencies portion contains fewer numbers of coefficients, hence occupying a narrow bandwidth. The high frequencies portion contains larger number of coefficients, hence occupying a wide bandwidth.

On the other hand, wavelet packet transform (WPT) executes the iteration of 2-channel filter bank on both sides, i.e. on the low pass and high pass filter branches for decomposition. Therefore, the WPT has evenly space frequency resolution and similar bandwidth size since both the high frequency and low frequencies components are decomposed. In WPT, the filter bank structure is expanded into a full binary tree. A set of WPT coefficients is labeled by ζand the level that corresponds to the depth a node in the tree structure is indicated by land parameter pindicates the position at current node. Every parent node is split by the WPT in two orthogonal subspaces WlPwhich is located at the next recursive level, and is given as [19];


In WPT, the scaling WPT coefficients are denoted as ζl+12pand wavelet WPT coefficients are labeled as ζ2p+1, given as in the following expressions, and are depicted as in Figure 6.

Figure 6.

WPT decomposition at single level.


In WPT, the number of iterations by the 2-channel filter bank increases exponentially as the number of levels increased. Therefore, WPT has higher computational complexity than the regular DWT. The WPT requires O(Nlog(N)) operation (by using fast filter bank algorithm), while Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) requires only O(N) operations to complete DWT [16]. The reconstruction (inverse WPT) is executed by taking the reverse direction of the tree in Figure 6. The wavelet packet coefficients ζlpβat any level l can be expressed as


2.2 Multicarrier modulation (MCM) system

Multicarrier modulation (MCM) scheme is a technique that transforms the high-speed serial signals into multiple low-speed parallel signals with N overlapping subcarriers. This special multicarrier modulation scheme was introduced by Chang [21], and is known as the orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM). The technique is widely used in various applications such as in European Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), IEEE 802.11 (WiFi) and IEEE 802.16 (WiMAX). OFDM has high spectral efficiency and consecutive subcarriers experience no crosstalk if the orthogonality is preserved.

In this study two wavelet-based MCM systems are used i.e. the wavelet-based OFDM (WOFDM) and wavelet packet-based OFDM (WP-OFDM) systems. As seen above. The primary difference between these two MCM systems is the way the wavelet tree being expanded. Therefore, in wavelet-based OFDM (WOFDM), the decomposition process expands the branches in dyadic way. In wavelet packet-based OFDM (WP-OFDM), the decomposition process expands the nodes as a full binary tree. Hence, wavelet packet process possesses richer signal analysis than wavelets process and for the detail analysis, wavelet packet process is capable to focus on any of the tree nodes. This main difference of the two MCM systems is illustrated in Figure 7. Notice that the wavelet decomposition produces different range of bandwidth divisions. The wavelet bandwidth is in form of dyadic division, while wavelet packet bandwidth is uniform. Therefore, the use of wavelet packet transform in MCM system is preferable since its major characteristic resembles the conventional OFDM [22].

Figure 7.

Decomposition and bandwidth division for (a) DWT and (b) WPT.

In wavelet packet-based OFDM (WP-OFDM) scheme that wavelet packet transform is utilized to change a series of parallel signals into a single composite signal. Both OFDM and WP-OFDM possess high spectral efficiency since their subcarriers are orthogonal that overlap between each other. The only difference between the two schemes is in term of the shape of the subcarriers produced. In ordinary OFDM the Fourier bases are used i.e. the sine or cosine terms. However, in WP-OFDM scheme the wavelet packet provides flexibility for modification of the filter banks property to suit the characteristic of system transmission [14]. The general multicarrier modulation system is shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8.

General schemes for multicarrier modulation.

WP-OFDM is implemented by the using the inverse orthogonal transform at the transmitter which is known as the inverse discrete wavelet packet transform (ID-WPT) as illustrated in Figure 9 (left-hand side). The forward orthogonal transform is implemented at the receiver called as discrete wavelet packet transform (DWPT) as depicted in Figure 9 (right-hand side). The implementation of WP-OFDM that utilizes the wavelet packet transform has been derived from MRA concept [23]. It is commenced by introducing a pair of filters called as quadrature mirror filters (QMF) that contain half-band of the low and high-pass filters, i.e. hnand gnrespectively of length L. The relationship of the filters is described as the following;

Figure 9.

IDWPT and DWPT in MCM scheme.


The complex conjugate time reversed variant is given by [24];


The pair of hnand gnis the synthesis filter-pair which is used to produce wavelet packet carriers for modulation at the end of the transmitter, while pair of hnand gnis the analysis filter-pair for demodulation at the end of the receiver. The wavelet packet coefficients Υlpare obtained from QMF filters which are derived via MRA as [24];


where pis subcarrier index at any tree depth l.

3. PAPR profile of wavelet-based multicarrier modulation signals

This section presents a comprehensive study on the PAPR profile of multicarrier modulation (MCM) signals. The performance of the transmitted signal is measured by the ratio of peak power signal to its corresponding average power signal within similar MCM frame, known as the peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR). It is desired to have a minimum PAPR as possible in order to reduce the complexity of high power amplifier (HPA) and at the same time, the average transmitting power can be boosted up efficiently as maximum as possible in a linear region of a HPA. Besides, it is disadvantageous of having high PAPR as the signals may be distorted in the nonlinear region of the HPA and results in poor reception and bit error rate (BER) performance. In order to cope with high PAPR, this chapter provides a study that investigates the wavelet-based OFDM (WOFDM), wavelet packet-based OFDM (WP-OFDM) and conventional OFDM systems performances. This investigation is carried out by replacing different orthogonal base modulations, which is normally used in Fourier based MCM (as the conventional OFDM system).

3.1 Multicarrier modulation system models

This section presents the general multicarrier modulation system model structures for implementation. The condition for determining the initial data value and maximum potential number of symbols to be carried by system subcarriers are also discussed.

3.1.1 System models descriptions

The three evaluated multicarrier modulation (MCM) system models are represented by a single general MCM model as illustrated in Figure 10. The information bits are generated based on the uniform random distribution binary number. The data are arranged (in every frame) in a horizontal matrix 1×ninit, and are converted into base16 number format. Subsequently they are encoded by Reed- Solomon (RS) codes, and converted into baseM number format, where M corresponds to the total mapping points in a particular QAM constellation. In this work, the Reed-Solomon of RS(n, k) is used, where n is the encoded data, and k is original data. In particular, the RS(15,11) is used throughout the work for protecting the original data. This channel coding scheme is compatible with hexadecimal number for encoding and decoding processes. In addition, RS encoded symbols are converted to the baseM symbols to achieve the same configuration that adapts with modulation constellation mapping.

Figure 10.

Model for general MCM scheme with data sequence details.

Table 1 shows four possible of baseM number format types associated with the number of bits per symbol, Nbpsas well as the corresponding constellation mapping modulation types. Then, the data frames are transformed into time-domain MCM signals by using a particular inverse transform prior transmission and they are retrieved back by the corresponding forward transform at the receiver. The particular inverse and forward transforms applied are labeled in block diagrams as shown in Figures 11 and 12.

Figure 11.

Model for wavelet- and wavelet packet-based OFDM schemes.

Figure 12.

Model for conventional OFDM scheme.

BaseMNo. of bits per symbol, NbpsSuitable mapping type

Table 1.

BaseM and its appropriate constellation mapping.

In Figure 11, there are two types of wavelet-based MCM models to be considered i.e. the wavelet-based OFDM (WOFDM) and wavelet packet-based OFDM (WP-OFDM) systems. At the transmitter, either the inverse discrete wavelet transform (IDWT) or inverse discrete wavelet packet transform (IDWPT) is used. At the receiver, either the discrete wavelet transform (DWT) or discrete wavelet packet transform (DWPT) is used. These modulation techniques offer higher spectral efficiency since there is no for the system to use the cyclic pre-fix (CP) codes as in the conventional OFDM.

Figure 12 shows the conventional OFDM (C-OFDM) which is included for comparison system model. This model utilizes the inverse fast Fourier transform (IFFT) and fast Fourier transform (FFT). Additional blocks are required for appending and re-moving the CP codes where 25 percent of the OFDM frames tail are copied and appended to OFDM frames head [25, 26].

Each frame must contain P symbols and is always less than or equal to the total number of subcarriers N, i.e. PN. The specified number of base for every modulation type is fixed as in Table 1. The number of initial binary information ninitincreases as the number of bits per symbol Nbpsincreased with constant value of N. In this work, the RS(15, 11) is used, and the encoded data n=15, and the original data k=11respectively. This implies that each time a sequence of symbols to be encoded, the number of original symbols taken is eleven and this produces total fifteen encoded symbols afterwards. Therefore, during the encoding process, the raw binary data (base2) need to be converted to base16 symbols to suites the requirement of RS(15, 11) coding scheme where each encoded symbol should have a value between 0 to 15.

3.1.2 Determination transmission parameter

This section describes how the transmission parameters values of Pis obtained by manipulating the base number of the symbols. Figure 10 above shows the block diagram of the of S/S encodes where raw input data bits are converted into baseM symbols. Figure 13 shows further details of this process.

Figure 13.

S/S encoding into baseM symbols block diagram.

Figure 13 denotes three conversion processes for the initial input bit ninitwhich are indicated as the α, βand γprocesses. The αprocess converts every four bits (v=4)of binary source data to a base16 symbol. For example, if ninit,base2=10010011001100101000000001110001011100101001then, the output from process αis nα=93328071729. This means the number of overall symbols is reduced to one-fourth.

Next, βprocess converts every eleven base16 symbols k=11into fifteen base16 encoded symbols n=15. For instance, when nα=93328071729then, the output of βprocess is nβ=93328071729152711which increases the number of symbols along the encoding processes with the additional redundancy required for channel error protection. This implies the number of overall symbols now has been increased by 15/11. After that, γprocess converts every single base16 symbol into four base2 symbols (w=4). Then this follows by converting every Nbps=log2Mnumber of base2 symbols back to a single baseM symbol. Suppose that M=16, continuing the above example, when nβ=93328071729152711then, the output of γprocess is nγ,base16=93328071729152711.The rest of other mappings are as listed in Table 2. The number of transmission symbols P, thus can be expressed as

Mapping typeBase numberOutput of γ processNumber of symbols Pat output γprocess
BPSKBase2n γ,base2 = {1,0,0,1,0,0,1,1,0,0,1,1,0,0,1,0,1,0,0,0,
QAMBase4n γ,base4 = {2,1,0,3,0,3,0,2,2,0,0,0,1,3,
16QAMBase16n γ,base16 = {9, 3, 3, 2, 8, 0, 7, 1, 7, 2, 9, 15, 2, 7, 11}15
64QAMBase64n γ,base64 = {36, 51, 10, 0, 28, 23, 10, 31, 9, 59}10

Table 2.

Output of γ process based on mapping type selection.


where PN.

Using (Eq. (32)), the number of transmission symbols Pand initial input bit ninitcan be obtained after defining number of subcarriers N. Thus, number of bits per symbol, Nbpscan be obtained and the quantitative relationships between these parameters are shown in Table 3.

No. of subcarrier, N64128256
No. of bits per symbol Nbps124612461246
No. of initial binary information, ninit4488176264881763525281763527481100
No of symbols per frame P60606060120120120120250250250250

Table 3.

The relationship between ninit , P, N and Nbps.

Figure 14 shows the partitions between the occupied slot positions of the encoded data Pand the remaining slot positions Rfor three different values of total subcarriers N=64128256. It can be observed that the subcarriers are not fully occupied for the whole slot positions with frames, hence the remaining positions, Ris filled up with zeros. There are four zero frames N=64, eight zero frames N=128and six zero frames N=256respectively.

Figure 14.

MCM partition with respect to N. Partition of the occupied slot: the encoded data (P) and the remaining slot positions (R) for total subcarriers {N = 64; 128; 256}.

4. PAPR profile: results and analysis

This section presents the results and discussions on the PAPR profile performances based on several important parameters i.e. modulation types, number of subcarriers, the orthogonal bases (Fourier/Wavelets) and filter length. The BER performance is also included to investigate the efficiency of the system models. The common parameters used in the experiments are as list in Table 4 below.

Encoder typeRS(15,11)
Channel modelAWGN
CP for conventional MCM25% of total subcarriers

Table 4.

Common parameters for experiments.

The effect of modulation constellation mapping on PAPR is analyzed in the following paragraphs. The list of parameters involved are shown as in Table 5. Figure 15 shows that both the conventional C-OFDM and WP-OFDM systems are having almost the same PAPR profiles, regardless of the modulation mapping types used. The reason for the PAPR profiles of the wavelet based OFDM (WOFDM) outperform the PAPR profiles of the WP-OFDM, is that the WOFDM system contains a smaller number of signal analysis than the WP-OFDM system. The PAPR profile for WOFDM system is superior since the decomposition and reconstruction signals are only involved the low pass branches. Thus, there is lower probability for the peak to be above the average signals leading to slightly superior PAPR profile.

Mapping typeQAM, 16QAM, 64QAM
Number of subcarriers128
Orthogonal basesFourier, wavelet (Haar)

Table 5.

Parameters used for studying the effect of different type of mapping modulation.

Figure 15.

CCDF of the PAPR with variation of mapping type.

However, it can clearly be seen in Figure 16, the BER performances are indeed worse for all three MCM systems as the type of mapping changes from QAM towards 16QAM and 64QAM. The BER performance is highly related with the type of the signal mapping used. Theoretically, the error probability at the receiver increases as the number of constellation points increased. In order to reduce the error probability, in general higher Eb/N 0 is required. Table 6 shows for probability of bit error at 106the corresponding of Eb/N 0 (dB) values for all modulation mapping types. The channel impairment used for evaluating the performance is using the AWGN channel. From Figure 16, the 64QAM modulation mapping type that can hold higher bit information, where each symbol represents 6 bits, even though it requires much higher transmitting power.

Figure 16.

Corresponding BER performances due to variation of mapping type.

Mapping typeEb/N 0 (dB) at BER level of 10 6

Table 6.

Common value of Eb/N 0 for the corresponding mapping type.

The following paragraphs analyze the effect on varying the number of subcarriers on the PAPR profiles. Table 7 lists all parameters required for this experiment. It is found that, when the number of subcarriers N decreases i.e. from N = 256 until N = 64, the PAPR profile (CCDF) of any modulation scheme is gradually improves as shown in Figure 17. Explicitly, the PAPR profile of WOFDM model outperforms the PAPR profile of C-OFDM and WP-OFDM models by 1.5 dB at the CCDF level of 10 5 for fixed N = 64. The PAPR profiles for C-OFDM and WP-OFDM systems are similar. The PAPR profile for WOFDM system is superior since the decomposition and reconstruction signals are only involved the low pass branches. Thus, there is lower probability for the peak to be above the average signals leading to slightly superior PAPR profile.

Figure 17.

CCDF of the PAPR with variation of number of subcarriers.

Mapping type64QAM
Number of subcarriers64, 128, 256
Orthogonal basesFourier, wavelet (Haar)

Table 7.

Parameters used for studying the effect of different No. of subcarriers.

Figure 18 shows that there is no significant different in term of BER performances, although different numbers of subcarriers are used for modulation. At BER of 10 6, it is found that the difference between the lowest and highest value of Eb/N 0 is less than 1 dB. Thus, it can be deduced that, the number of subcarriers gives less impact to the BER performance. The Eb/N 0 is quite high (i.e. nearly 22 dB for all profiles). The increase in the number of subcarriers worsen the PAPR profile. Therefore, for practical application, the number of subcarriers N = 128 is selected since it is a moderate choice as compare to the other number of subcarriers.

Figure 18.

Corresponding BER performance due to variation of number of subcarriers.

The following paragraphs analyze the influence of different orthogonal bases, wavelet types and their filter lengths on the PAPR profile. Several wavelet families applied includes the Daubechies, Symlet, Coiflet and Meyer wavelets with various lengths of coefficients. The parameters are briefly listed as in Table 8. This analysis is mainly focuses on the wavelet OFDM and wavelet packet-based OFDM systems. However, the C-OFDM scheme is also included as a performance reference. Additional information regarding the characteristic of the wavelet families are included in Table 9.

Mapping type64QAM
Number of subcarriers128
Orthogonal basesFourier, wavelet (db1, db2, db3, db5, db10, db20, sym2, sym3, sym5, sym10, coif1, coif3, coif5, dmey)

Table 8.

Parameters used for studying the effect of different bases and filter length.

Full nameAbbreviated nameVanishing orderLength, L
Discrete Meyerdmey62

Table 9.

Wavelet family characteristic [23].

Figure 19 shows the PAPR profiles for the three OFDM systems, where Daubechies wavelet with different filter lengths are used (Fourier based OFDM profile is just for reference only). In analyzing the effect of wavelet filter length, various filter lengths are used in the experiment. From Figure 19, looking at the WOFDM profiles (red color), as the filter length increases, the PAPR profiles become worse. In other words, the Daubechies wavelet (in WOFDM) with higher filter length produces inferior PAPR profiles. This is due to the fact that with higher filter length, the wavelet has richer signal analysis. Thus, there is higher probability for the peak to be above the average signals leading to slightly inferior PAPR profile.

Figure 19.

CCDF of the PAPR with Daubechies wavelet with different filter lengths.

However, for WP-OFDM profiles (blue color), there is no significant difference in the PAPR performance. Since the signal analysis in WP-OFDM is in full binary tree analysis rather than dyadic (lower-half band) analysis in WOFDM system. There is already high amount of data involved in decomposition and reconstruction which makes the effect of wavelet filter length insignificant.

In Figures 20 and 21, different wavelet types (Daubechies, Symlet, Coiflet and Discrete Meyer wavelets) are used but the filter length is fixed L = 6 (short category). For long category the filter lengths are mixed, i.e. L=18coif320(db10sym10)62dmeyrespectively. From these figures, there can be observed that no explicit difference found from PAPR profiles of WP-OFDM signals either by changing the wavelet’s type or length.

Figure 20.

CCDF of the PAPR with different orthogonal bases modulation and short filter lengths.

Figure 21.

CCDF of the PAPR with different orthogonal bases modulation and long filter lengths.

The BER performances are shown in Figure 22, where the experiment is carried out on the Daubechies wavelet with different filter lengths. It can be observed that no significant difference between BER performances. For example, at BER 10 6 all profiles having the same value of Eb/N 0.

Figure 22.

Corresponding BER performances for Daubechies wavelet with different filter lengths.

5. Conclusion

The phenomenon of high PAPR in MCM system cannot be avoided since the signals consist of multiple low-rate parallel signals, which can be seen as the composite subcarriers in time domain representation. It is expected by using different orthogonal base for modulation, the PAPR profile can be reduced. Hence, discrete wavelet transform (DWT) and discrete wavelet packet transform (DWPT) are used for this purpose instead of fast Fourier transform (FFT). In comparison to the C-OFDM system, WOFDM and WP-OFDM systems do not need any cyclic prefix (CP) codes for their MCM frame in order to avoid intercarrier interference (ICI) and inter symbol interference (ISI).

Although, WOFDM system provides superior PAPR performance than other systems, data are lost at higher frequencies branches since signals decomposition are in dyadic (lower half-band) fashion. On the other hand, WP-OFDM system decomposes the signals in both lower and upper-band frequencies, that enrich signals analysis. The results obtained in Section 4 proves the characteristics. In addition, applying various wavelet bases do not offer much improvement in PAPR profile.


The authors would like to acknowledge the USM RU grant (Grant No. 1001/PELECT/814100), for funding this research work.

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Jamaluddin Zakaria and Mohd Fadzli Mohd Salleh (December 14th 2020). Wavelet Based Multicarrier Modulation (MCM) Systems: PAPR Analysis [Online First], IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.94579. Available from:

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