OFDM techniques for multimedia data transmission

Neville, K 2011, OFDM techniques for multimedia data transmission, Masters by Research, Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University.

Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

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Title OFDM techniques for multimedia data transmission
Author(s) Neville, K
Year 2011
Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) is an efficient parallel data transmission scheme that has relatively recently become popular in both wired and wireless communication systems for the transmission of multimedia data. OFDM can be found at the core of well known systems such as digital television/radio broadcasting, ADSL internet and wireless LANs.

Research into the OFDM field continually looks at different techniques to attempt to make this type of transmission more efficient. More recent works in this area have considered the benefits of using wavelet transforms in place of the Fourier transforms traditionally used in OFDM systems and other works have looked at data compression as a method of increasing throughput in these types of transmission systems.

The work presented in this thesis considers the transmission of image and video data in traditional OFDM transmission and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of this method. This thesis also proposes a new type of OFDM system that combines transmission and data compression into one block. By merging these two processes into one the complexity of the system is reduced, therefore promising to increase system efficiency.

The results presented in this thesis show the novel compressive OFDM method performs well in channels with a low signal-to-noise ratio. Comparisons with traditional OFDM with lossy compression show a large improvement in the quality of the data received with the new system when used in these noisy channel environments. The results also show superior results are obtained when transmitting image and video data using the new method, the high correlative properties of images are ideal for effective transmission using the new technique.

The new transmission technique proposed in this thesis also gives good results when considering computation time. When compared to MATLAB simulations of a traditional DFT-based OFDM system with a separate compression block, the proposed transmission method was able to reduce the computation time by between a half to three-quarters. This decrease in computational complexity also contributes to transmission efficiency when considering the new method.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Electrical and Computer Engineering
Keyword(s) Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
wireless communication
data compression
signal processing
wavelet transforms
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