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Adaptive Denoising and Equalization of Infrared Wireless CDMA System

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20052005:891074

  • Received: 19 March 2004
  • Published:


Infrared has abundant, unregulated bandwidth enabling rapid deployment at low cost. However, safety limits on power emission levels (IEC825), large noise due to ambient lighting, and multipath dispersion remain as hurdles in diffused indoor environments. Especially, the high-frequency periodic interference produced by fluorescent lights is a major concern. Spread spectrum techniques enable low-power operation and noise rejection, at the expense of large processing gain. In this paper, we quantify the noise received and propose an adaptive FIR filter to jointly cancel the multipath dispersion and the fluorescent light noise in an infrared CDMA system. From analytical and simulation results, the adaptive filter significantly enhances the noise rejection capability of the CDMA system and tracks well the quasistationary indoor wireless channel. Our results show tenfold improvement in the BER for a given SNR and processing gain due to the adaptive filter. The filter also performs well in the multiuser environment.


  • optical wireless
  • adaptive filters
  • equalization
  • noise cancellation
  • infrared

Authors’ Affiliations

Advanced Radio-Optics Integrated Technology Group (ADROIT), Ryerson University, Toronto, M5B 2J1, Canada


© Fernando and Balendran 2005

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