Dual Sensor Impulse Noise Cancellation for Downstream DSL Systems

S. M. Zafaruddin, Vinay Kumar Chapala, Surendra Prasad

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Impulse noise presents a severe performance bottleneck in multicarrier systems. For digital subscriber lines (DSL), the use of a common-mode (CM) sensor is a viable technique to mitigate the impulse noise that couples into the useful differential-mode (DM) signal. In this paper, we use time and frequency domain approaches to develop algorithms using the joint processing of CM and DM signals and analyze the performance of dual-sensor based interference cancellation schemes for downstream DSL systems. First, we consider the frequency domain approach and analyze the performance of a per-tone impulse noise canceler without requiring an impulse detector. We derive closed-form expressions on the performance of canceler in various interference scenarios in terms of system parameters. Next, we develop a novel per-symbol time-domain impulse noise canceler by simultaneous estimation of the CM2DM transfer function and the CM impulse noise using a limited number of null carriers. The proposed algorithm eliminates the issues of convergence of the per-tone canceler and stationarity of the impulse noise over multiple symbols. Using derived analytical expressions, we show that the proposed canceler effectively mitigates the impulse noise on a per-symbol basis. We also demonstrate the performance of the considered canceler schemes using measurement and simulation results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9301333
Pages (from-to)3260-3273
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • DSL
  • Frequency-domain analysis
  • impulse noise
  • interference cancellation
  • multicarrier
  • performance analysis
  • time-domain analysis


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