Patent Number: 7,103,090

Title: Timing estimation of direct sequence spread spectrum communications systems over frequency-selective, slowly fading channels

Abstract: Based on the MAP criterion, a category of optimal timing estimators is disclosed. These estimators work with known or unknown channel information, and with received information bits over frequency-selective, slowly fading channels. A sub-optimal timing estimator with a k-taps, multiplication-free, finite impulse response (FIR) filter is also disclosed, where k equals 22 when the Barker sequence of length 11 is employed. The sub-optimal estimator is robust with respect to frequency offset impairment. Using simulations, the disclosed timing estimators are demonstrated to be effective. However, in the special case of timing estimation without channel information, in a multi-path channel with a long delay spread, it is disclosed that it is more effective to estimate the received carrier phases and amplitudes of multi-paths before timing estimation.

Inventors: Chang; Chao-Ming (Hsinchu, TW), Lo; Chen-Yu (Hsinchu, TW)

Assignee: Mediatek Inc.

International Classification: H04B 1/707 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018