Bit error rate analysis in IEEE 802.15.3a UWB channels

Li-Chun Wang*, Wei Cheng Liu

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In this paper, we present a computable bit error rate (BER) expression for the binary signals in the IEEE 802.15.3a ultra-wideband (UWB) channel. In the literature, the impacts of the RAKE receiver¿s finger numbers and lognormal shadowing on the BER performance have not been reported yet. We propose a characteristic function (CF) based BER formula to overcome the convergence problem of the existing moment generating function (MGF) approach when the BER calculation takes account of the shadowing effect. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed CF-based computable BER formula can accurately estimate the complete effects of the cluster and ray arrival processes, the lognormal fading as well as shadowing, and the finger numbers at RAKE receivers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5463206
Pages (from-to)1537-1542
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010


  • Bit error rate (BER)
  • IEEE 802.15.3a channel model
  • RAKE receiver
  • Shadowing
  • Ultra-wideband (UWB)

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