Asymptotic equivalence between the unconditional maximum likelihood and the square-law nonlinearity symbol timing estimation
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This paper provides a systematic approach to the problem of nondata aided symbol-timing estimation for linear modulations. The study is performed under the unconditional maximum likelihood framework where the carrier-frequency error is included as a nuisance parameter in the mathematical derivation. The second-order moments of the received signal are found to be the sufficient statistics for the problem at hand and they allow the provision of a robust performance in the presence of a carrier-frequency error uncertainty. We particularly focus on the exploitation of the cyclostationary property of linear modulations. This enables us to derive simple and closed-form symbol-timing estimators which are found to be based on the well-known square timing recovery method by Oerder and Meyr. Finally, we generalize the OM method to the case of linear modulations with offset formats. In this case, the square-law nonlinearity is found to provide not only the symbol-timing but also the carrier-phase error.
CitationLopez Salcedo, J. A.; Vázquez Grau, G. Asymptotic equivalence between the unconditional maximum likelihood and the square-law nonlinearity symbol timing estimation. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 2006, vol. 54, núm.1, p. 244-257.