Volume 14, Number 5

Performance Improvement for the Single Carrier in FBMC Systems by PAPR Reduction


Mohammed A. Salem1, Mohamed A. Aboul-Dahab2, Sherine M. Abd El-kader3 and Radwa A. Roshdy1, 1Higher Technological Institute, Tenth of Ramadan city, Egypt, 2Arab Academy for Science & Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt, 3Electronics Research Institute, Egypt


The benefits of Filter Bank Multicarrier (FBMC) make it an attractive waveform instead of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM). However, a high peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) is a significant drawback in FBMC. Exploiting a single carrier effect is considered an effective technique to reduce PAPR in FBMC systems with a small amount of additional complexity. Nevertheless, the PAPR reduction amount is different from the single carrier effect in the single carrier frequency division multiple access (SC-FDMA). This is because of the overlapping structure of the in-phase and quadrature (IQ) between offset quadrature amplitude modulation (OQAM) FBMC symbols. So, we introduce an algorithm, based on signal distortion techniques, to improve the performance of the single carrier effect techniques in the PAPR reduction for the FBMC systems. Simulation results depict that the single carrier effect techniques with the proposed algorithm achieve an extra amount of PAPR reduction compared to the same techniques without using the proposed algorithm. In addition, the simulation results show that the proposed algorithm maximizes the PAPR reduction amount without affecting the complexity.


Filter bank multicarrier, FBMC, DFT spreading, single carrier effect, generalized DFT, PAPR reduction.