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V. Sebesta [references] [full-text]
Estimating a Spectral Correlation Function under the Conditions of Imperfect Relation between Signal Frequencies and a Sampling Frequency

This paper is devoted to the estimation of the spectral correlation function. The examined signal is a simple DSB-SC signal. The aim of the paper is discovering events connected with nonstandard relations between signal frequency parameters and sampling frequency. They manifest by descending the spectral correlation function modulus. The events has been described analytically and verified using computer experiments. It is shown, that influence of the inaccuracy of the frequency is stronger for modulating frequency than for carrier frequency. Small inaccuracies of the frequencies have acceptable consequences.

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Keywords: Spectral correlation function, feature detector, cyclic frequency, spectral frequency, frequency offset.

P. Kejík, S. Hanus [references] [full-text]
Comparison of Fuzzy Logic and Genetic Algorithm Based Admission Control Strategies for UMTS System

CDMA systems have so-called soft capacity, so the total number of possible sessions has not an exact value. The capacity of CDMA system depends on the interference level in the system. There are therefore RRM (Radio Resources Management) functions, which are responsible for supplying optimum coverage, ensuring efficient use of physical resources and providing the maximum planned capacity. This paper presents and compares several algorithms that are used for admission control purposes in UMTS system. Several versions of fuzzy logic based algorithms, load factor based algorithm and genetic based algorithm are mutually compared via simulations.

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  9. KEJÍK, P., HANUS, S. Fuzzy logic based call admission control in UMTS system. In CD: Proceedings of the 2009 1st International Conference on Wireless Communication, Vehicular Technology, Information Theory and Aerospace & Electronic System Technology. Aalborg (Denmark), 2009, p. 375-378. ISBN 978-1-4244-4067-2.
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  11. LO, J., BRITO, A., CORREIA, L., CORREIA, A. Simulation of call admission control, load control, handover and power control algorithms for Enhanced-UMTS. SEACORN Project [online]. [Cit. 2009-2-3]. Document available on http://seacorn.ptinovacao.pt/.
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Keywords: Admission control, CDMA, UMTS, fuzzy logic, genetic algorithm.

K. B. Baltzis [references] [full-text]
Closed-form Description of Microwave Signal Attenuation in Cellular Systems

The reliable and accurate description of signal attenuation characteristics is important in the simulation and performance analysis of wireless communications systems. Recent works have provided analytical expres- sions for the path loss statistics in cellular systems consid- ering distance-dependent losses and shadowing. In this paper, we extend this analysis by including small-scale fading. A closed-form expression that gives the path loss density in a cellular network is given. The impact of chan- nel parameters and cell size on signal attenuation is fur- ther investigated. Simulation results and comparisons with measured data in the literature verify the accuracy of the solution. The derived formulation is a useful tool for the modeling and analysis of cellular communications systems.

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Keywords: Microwave propagation, path loss, fading, composite gamma-lognormal density, cellular communications.

S. D. Roy, S. Kundu [references] [full-text]
Performance of Data Services in Cellular CDMA in Presence of Soft Handoff and Packet Combining

Performance analysis of data services is studied in CDMA network in presence of soft handoff (HO) and packet combining. Packet combining in conjunction with soft handoff is found to enhance throughput, reduce delay and packet delay variation (PDV) significantly. A stop and wait automatic repeat request (ARQ) scheme has been assumed. Two different packet combining schemes for packet data service, one based on log likelihood ratio (LLR) and another based on equal gain combining (EGC) have been studied. A cross layer interactions between ARQ and packet combining at link layer and soft HO in physical layer has been shown.

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Keywords: Packet Combining, LLR, ARQ.

P. Tesar [references] [full-text]
A New Method for Generating High Non-linearity S-Boxes

Substitution boxes are important parts in many block and stream ciphers. The emergence of a range of crypto-attacks has led to the development of criteria for repelling such attacks. The non-linearity criterion provides some protection against well- known attacks, such as linear cryptanalysis and differential cryptanalysis. The open problem is constructed by generating methods which will be rapid and will generate S-boxes with the highest possible non-linearity. This paper deals with a new rapid method for generating regular 8x8 S-boxes with non-linearity up to a value of 104. The new method combines the special genetic algorithm with total tree searching.

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Keywords: Cryptography, regular 8x8 S-box, non-linearity criterion, generation method.

J. Blumenstein, Z. Fedra [references] [full-text]
The PAPR and Simple PAPR Reduction of the 2D Spreading Based Communication Systems

This paper deals with Peak to Average Power Ra- tio (PAPR) characteristics and the theory of variable spread- ing factor orthogonal frequency and code division multiplex- ing (VSF-OFCDM) systems. Comparison and evaluation of PAPR of VSF-OFCDM systems with various 2D spreading factors (SF) are done in time and in frequency domain. The simple PAPR reduction approach based on random chip in- terleaving is also evaluated.

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Keywords: VSF-OFCDM, OFDM-CDMA, 2D Spreading, PAPR.

A. Kalaycioglu, H. G. Ilk [references] [full-text]
A Robust Threshold for Iterative Channel Estimation in OFDM Systems

A novel threshold computation method for pilot symbol assisted iterative channel estimation in OFDM systems is considered. As the bits are transmitted in packets, the proposed technique is based on calculating a particular threshold for each data packet in order to select the reliable decoder output symbols to improve the channel estimation performance. Iteratively, additional pilot symbols are established according to the threshold and the channel is re-estimated with the new pilots inserted to the known channel estimation pilot set. The proposed threshold calculation method for selecting additional pilots performs better than non-iterative channel estimation, no threshold and fixed threshold techniques in poor HF channel simulations.

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Keywords: Adaptive threshold, additional pilot symbols, error correction decoder, soft outputs, HF.

J. Mihalik [references] [full-text]
Modeling of Human Head Surface by Using Triangular B-Splines

The paper deals with modeling of human head surface on the basis of quadratic triangular B-splines for the standard videocodec MPEG-4 SNHC. First, we define a triangular B-spline surface of any degree and then we present its calculation for modeling of the quadratic form. Next, we apply the quadratic triangular B-splines on modeling of the human head surface using 3D polygonal model Candide 3-1-6. For allocation of knots belonging to vertices of triangulation of the model, the limiting conditions are specified in the method of Monte-Carlo used for their generation. To achieve smoothness of the modeled human head surface, we propose an algorithm for calculating control points. Then for the proposed net of control points as well as the allocation of knots, the results of the modeled human head surface and its textured version using a texture of selected avatar are presented.

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Keywords: Triangular B-splines, modeling, human head surface, 3D polygonal model, control net.

J. Macica, P. Farkas, S. Krile [references] [full-text]
Other Computational Technique for Estimation of Lower Bound on Capacity of Two-Dimensional Diamond-1 Constrained Channel

Computational technique for lower bound on Two-dimensional Diamond-1 constrained channel capacity is presented in this paper. It is basically an amalgamation of Matrix Fractal Grow Method (MFGM) and a new Matrix Fractal Reduction Method both applicable to state transition matrices of the corresponding constrained channels and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration method. Also other programming tricks are presented which improve its implementation. Estimation of lower bound values on the mentioned capacity is made using it. The results are in good alignment with known exact results, which is a verification of the new method. The method could be generalized for other constraints which are restricted only on one neighbor symbol in 2D constrained channel such as for example Square-1 and Hexagonal-1.

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M. Kallel, M. S. Bouhlel, J. Lapayre [references] [full-text]
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The paper discusses characteristics and qualities of two routing protocols – Collection Tree Protocol and its secure modification. The original protocol, as well as other protocols for wireless sensors, solves only problems of ra- dio communication and limited resources. Our design of the secure protocol tries to solve also the essential security ob- jectives. For the evaluation of properties of our protocol in large networks, a TOSSIM simulator was used. Our effort was to show the influence of the modification of the routing protocol to its behavior and quality of routing trees. We have proved that adding security into protocol design does not necessarily mean higher demands for data transfer, power consumption or worse protocol efficiency. In the paper, we manifest that security in the protocol may be achieved with low cost and may offer similar performance as the original protocol.

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The paper deals with design and transformation methodology of autosynchronous state machines. The result is the design methodology for autosynchronous state machines with one-hot and Gray encodings. On the basis of their simulation models the timing parameters are defined and conditions for the correct behavior are pointed out.
In order to simplify the design of these state machines, the transformation methodology of synchronous state machine in VHDL at RTL level to autosynchronous state machine is designed. These transformed state machines are compared in their chip area, power consumption and timing.

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J. Lacik, I. E. Lager, Z. Raida [references] [full-text]
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An original approach to the time-domain multicriteria optimization of antennas is presented. For a given excitation pulse, the time-domain objective function takes the “time-domain impedance matching”, distortion of responses at the feeding point and in a desired radiating direction (with respect to the excitation pulse), and the radiated energy in the desired direction into account. The objective function is tested on the optimization of a bow-tie antenna using the particle swarm optimization. The proposed approach is suitable for the design of broadband antennas.

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G. S. Kirov, D. P. Mihaylova [references] [full-text]
Circularly Polarized Aperture Coupled Microstrip Antenna with Resonant Slots and a Screen

A broadband circularly polarized (CP) Aperture Coupled Microstrip Antenna (ACMSA) is described herein. In order to decrease the back radiation of the antenna due to resonant coupling slots (a cross-slot) in the ground plane, a three-layer structure with a screen is proposed. As a result, the back radiation of the antenna is reduced by more than 12 dB and its gain is increased by about 1.3 dB compared to the conventional two-layer ACMSA with nonresonant coupling slots. The antenna is designed to operate within the Ku-band. Keeping its simple and compact construction and high mechanical characteristics it can be used as an element of CP microstrip antenna arrays with various applications in the contemporary communication systems. A comparison with two similar CP antennas with resonant slots, a two-layer ACMSA and a three-layer ACMSA with a patch reflector is accomplished.

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P. Kovacs, Z. Raida [references] [full-text]
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The paper is focused on the automated design and optimization of electromagnetic band gap structures suppressing the propagation of surface waves. For the optimization, we use different global evolutionary algorithms like the genetic algorithm with the single-point crossover (GAs) and the multi-point (GAm) one, the differential evolution (DE) and particle swarm optimization (PSO). The algorithms are mutually compared in terms of convergence velocity and accuracy. The developed technique is universal (applicable for any unit cell geometry). The method is based on the dispersion diagram calculation in CST Microwave Studio (CST MWS) and optimization in Matlab. A design example of a mushroom structure with simultaneous electromagnetic band gap properties (EBG) and the artificial magnetic conductor ones (AMC) in the required frequency band is presented.

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Frequency-modulated continuous-wave radars (FMCW) have been used in the investigation of the atmosphere since the late 1960’s. FMCW radars provide tremendous sensitivity and spatial resolution compared to their pulsed counterparts and are therefore attractive for clear-air remote-sensing applications. However, these systems have some disadvantages and performance limitations that have prevented their widespread use by the atmospheric science community. In this study, system performance of atmospheric FMCW radar is analyzed and some measurement limitations for atmospheric targets are discussed. The effects of Doppler velocities and spectral widths on radar performance, radar’s near-field operation, and parallax errors for two-antenna radar systems are considered. Experimental data collected by the highresolution atmospheric FMCW radar is used to illustrate typical performance qualitatively based on morphological backscattered power information. A post-processing based on single-lag covariance differences between the Bragg and Rayleigh echo is applied to estimate clear-air component from refractive index turbulence and perform quantitative analysis of FMCW radar reflectivity from atmospheric targets.

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Electromagnetic transparent device is very important for antenna protection. In this paper, the material parameters for the cylindrical transparent devices with arbitrary cross section are developed based on the coordinate transformation. The equivalent two-dimensional (2D) transparent devices under TE plane and cylindrical wave irradiation is designed and studied by full-wave simulation, respectively. It shows that although the incident waves are distorted in the transformation region apparently, they return to the original wavefronts when passing through the device. All theoretical and numerical results validate the material parameters for the cylindrical transparent devices with arbitrary cross section we developed.

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J. Rumanek, J. Sebesta [references] [full-text]
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This paper deals with the new progressive channel coding methods for short message transmission via satellite transponder using predetermined length of frame. The key benefits of this contribution are modification and implementation of a new turbo code and utilization of unique features with applications of methods for bit error rate estimation and algorithm for output message reconstruction. The mentioned methods allow an error free communication with very low Eb/N0 ratio and they have been adopted for satellite communication, however they can be applied for other systems working with very low Eb/N0 ratio.

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L. Dordova, O. Wilfert [references] [full-text]
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This paper is focused on the effect of turbulence in atmospheric transmission media. A short introduction of the origin of turbulent atmosphere is given. Two classical methods for the calculation of turbulence attenuation are mentioned and briefly described in the paper – the Rytov approximation and Andrews’s method, and a new technique designed by the authors of this paper – the method of available power – is presented in short as well.
We have run simulations in Matlab to compare the results of turbulence attenuation given by the classical methods and by the new technique - the method of available power. These calculations were performed for communication wavelengths of 850 nm and 1550 nm. The distance between the optical transmitter and receiver of horizontal links was set to values ranging from 0 m to 2500 m. We have taken into account the homogenous turbulence with low (10^-16 m^-2/3), medium (10^-15 m^-2/3) and high (10^-14 m^-2/3) structure parameter of refractive index Cn2.

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DTS are unique optical-fiber distributed systems for measuring of temperature or mechanical tension. These systems use non-linear properties of optical fibers. Optical fiber can therefore be used not only for telecommunication purposes, as is currently the case, but also as a sensor. Optical fiber used by the DTS system can be therefore imagine as thousands of sensors placed along the route, taking all advantages of optical fiber, such as resistance to electromagnetic radiation, safe use in flammable and explosive environments, resistance to aggressive environments, small sizes, easy installation and maintenance-free operation. The properties of DTS system mentioned above seem to be ideal for detailed mapping of the hydration heat of concrete mix in the transition to a rigid structure. Values based on measurements will be used to better understanding of the processes inside the concrete mixture (individual samples) and will serve to develop better and more durable mixture.

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Keywords: Fully balanced, current mode, filter, current conveyor, multiple-loop feedback formatting.

D. Prasad, D. R. Bhaskar, A. K. Singh [references] [full-text]
New Grounded and Floating Simulated Inductance Circuits using Current Differencing Transconductance Amplifiers

Current differencing transconductance amplifier (CDTA) is receiving considerable attention as a building block for current-mode (CM) analog signal processing / signal generation. In this paper, new CDTA based lossless grounded and floating inductance simulation circuits have been proposed. The proposed grounded simulated inductance circuit employs two CDTAs and a single grounded capacitor whereas the floating simulated inductance circuit employs three CDTAs and a grounded capacitor. The circuit for grounded inductance does not require any realization conditions whereas in case of floating inductance only equality of two transconductances is needed (which can be easily maintained in practice by ensuring equal dc bias currents in the two transconductance amplifiers). Some sample results demonstrating the applications of the new simulated inductors using CMOS CDTAs have been given to confirm the workability of the new circuits.

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Keywords: CDTA, inductance simulation, filters.

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