On the Performance of Splitting Receiver with Joint Coherent and Non-Coherent Processing

Yan Yan Wang, Wanchun Liu, Xiangyun Zhou, Guanghui Liu

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    In this article, we revisit a recently proposed receiver design, named the splitting receiver, which jointly uses coherent and non-coherent processing for signal detection. By considering an improved signal model for the splitting receiver as compared to the original study in the literature, we conduct a performance analysis on the achievable data rate under Gaussian signaling and obtain a fundamentally different result on the performance gain of the splitting receiver over traditional receiver designs that use either coherent or non-coherent processing alone. Specifically, the original study ignored the antenna noise and concluded on a 50% gain in achievable data rate in the high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) regime. In contrast, we include the antenna noise in the signal model and show that the splitting receiver improves the achievable data rate by a constant gap in the high SNR regime. This represents an important correction of the theoretical understanding on the performance of the splitting receiver. In addition, we examine the maximum-likelihood detection and derive a low-complexity detection rule for the splitting receiver for practical modulation schemes. Our numerical results give further insights into the conditions under which the splitting receiver achieves significant gains in terms of either achievable data rate or detection error probability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)917-930
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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