Run-length limited codes for backscatter communication

Conference Paper

In backscatter communications, ultra-low power devices signal by modulating the reflection of radio frequency signals emitted from an external source. Unlike conventional one-way communication, the backscatter channel experiences unique self-interference and spread Doppler clutter. Run-length limited (RLL) codes provide a method for spectrum shaping that requires no hardware changes to the communicating devices. The proposed coding framework is suitable for any arbitrarily-shaped pulse train or continuous wave reader waveform. It exploits the unique channel Doppler spread statistics to offer a trade-off between interference rejection and data rate. Analysis shows that code rates of 1 and 4/5 are achievable when dealing with low spread Doppler channels, which is an improvement over the current rate 1/2 with current mainstream backscatter communication techniques. Simulation results with realistic channel assumptions are analyzed and discussed to confirm the theoretical analysis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cnaan-On, I; Harms, A; Krolik, JL; Calderbank, AR

Published Date

  • June 16, 2017

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 6110 - 6114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1520-6149

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781509041176

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/ICASSP.2017.7953330

Citation Source

  • Scopus