Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication: A Signal Processing Perspective, 1st edition

  • Robert W. Heath

Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication: A Signal Processing Perspective

ISBN-13:  9780134431796

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The Accessible Guide to Modern Wireless Communication for Undergraduates, Graduates, and Practicing Electrical Engineers


Wireless communication is a critical discipline of electrical engineering and computer science, yet the concepts have remained elusive for students who are not specialists in the area. This text makes digital communication and receiver algorithms for wireless communication broadly accessible to undergraduates, graduates, and practicing electrical engineers. Notably, the book builds on a signal processing foundation and does not require prior courses on analog or digital communication.


Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication establishes the principles of communication, from a digital signal processing perspective, including key mathematical background, transmitter and receiver signal processing algorithms, channel models, and generalizations to multiple antennas. Robert Heath’s “less is more” approach focuses on typical solutions to common problems in wireless engineering.


Heath presents digital communication fundamentals from a signal processing perspective, focusing on the complex pulse amplitude modulation approach used in most commercial wireless systems. He describes specific receiver algorithms for implementing wireless communication links, including synchronization, carrier frequency offset estimation, channel estimation, and equalization. While most concepts are presented for systems with single transmit and receive antennas, Heath concludes by extending those concepts to contemporary MIMO systems.


To promote learning, each chapter includes previews, bullet-point summaries, examples, and numerous homework problems to help readers test their knowledge.

  • Basics of wireless communication: applications, history, and the central role of signal processing
  • Digital communication essentials: components, channels, distortion, coding/decoding, encryption, and modulation/demodulation
  • Signal processing: linear time invariant systems, probability/random processes, Fourier transforms, derivation of complex baseband signal representation and equivalent channels, and multi-rate signal processing
  • Least-squared estimation techniques that build on the linear algebra typically taught to electrical engineering undergraduates
  • Complex pulse amplitude modulation: symbol mapping, constellations, signal bandwidth, and noise
  • Synchronization, including symbol, frame, and carrier frequency offset
  • Frequency selective channel estimation and equalization
  • MIMO techniques using multiple transmit and/or receive antennas, including SIMO, MISO, and MIMO-OFDM

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Table of contents

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Author xix


Chapter 1: Introduction 1

1.1 Introduction to Wireless Communication 1

1.2 Wireless Systems 2

1.3 Signal Processing for Wireless Communication 14

1.4 Contributions of This Book 17

1.5 Outline of This Book 18

1.6 Symbols and Common Definitions 20

1.7 Summary 22

Problems 23


Chapter 2: An Overview of Digital Communication 27

2.1 Introduction to Digital Communication 27

2.2 Overview of a Wireless Digital Communication Link 28

2.3 Wireless Channel 31

2.4 Source Coding and Decoding 36

2.5 Encryption and Decryption 40

2.6 Channel Coding and Decoding 41

2.7 Modulation and Demodulation 47

2.8 Summary 57

Problems 57


Chapter 3: Signal Processing Fundamentals 63

3.1 Signals and Systems 63

3.2 Statistical Signal Processing 91

3.3 Signal Processing with Passband Signals 114

3.4 Multirate Signal Processing 129

3.5 Linear Estimation 137

3.6 Summary 150

Problems 151


Chapter 4: Digital Modulation and Demodulation 171

4.1 Transmitter for Complex Pulse-Amplitude Modulation 171

4.2 Symbol Mapping and Constellations 174

4.3 Computing the Bandwidth and Power of x(t) 182

4.4 Communication in the AWGN Channel 183

4.5 Digital Implementation of Pulse Shaping 202

4.6 Summary 207

Problems 208


Chapter 5: Dealing with Impairments 219

5.1 Frequency-Flat Wireless Channels 220

5.2 Equalization of Frequency-Selective Channels 241

5.3 Estimating Frequency-Selective Channels 259

5.4 Carrier Frequency Offset Correction in Frequency-Selective Channels 270

5.5 Introduction to Wireless Propagation 282

5.6 Large-Scale Channel Models 285

5.7 Small-Scale Fading Selectivity 292

5.8 Small-Scale Channel Models 302

5.9 Summary 309

Problems 310


Chapter 6: MIMO Communication 335

6.1 Introduction to Multi-antenna Communication 335

6.2 Receiver Diversity for Flat-Fading SIMO Systems 343

6.3 Transmit Diversity for MISO Systems 353

6.4 MIMO Transceiver Techniques 364

6.5 MIMO-OFDM Transceiver Techniques 386

6.6 Summary 394

Problems 395


References 399

Index 427

Published by Pearson (March 22nd 2017) - Copyright © 2017