Comparative analysis of the BER performance of DWT OFDM over that of FFT OFDM in presence of phase noise

Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) is one of the promising contendents in the race of very high data rate delivery, for 4G wireless systems. The conventional OFDM systems, so far deployed make use of Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) as their basic building block. Besides the numerous advantages, the restriction over the data rate imposed by the FFT in the form of cyclic prefix may be intolerable for the next generation OFDM systems. So, researches are on the way to replace FFT with a more suitable transform which is redundant free. DWT OFDM is one such system in which FFT in the conventional OFDM is replaced with Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT). Using simulations, already it has been established that in ideal conditions, the performance of DWT OFDM is better than that of FFT OFDM.

As phase noise can be considered as the major RF impairment and one of the leading performance limiting factors of the wireless systems, this paper analyses the Bit Error Rate (BER) performance of the DWT OFDM in presence of phase noise. BER performances of both DWT OFDM and FFT OFDM are analysed and compared in presence of phase noise. For this, MatlabSimulink model have been developed for both types of OFDM, and simulation is carried over in presence of phase noise for different modulation schemes. In all cases the BER performances of DWT OFDM is found to be fairly ahead that of FFT OFDM.