Multiband OFDM UWB

- an overview or tutorial about the air interface for MBOFDM Multiband OFDM format for UWB, Ultra Wideband technology

Multi Band OFDM UWB is a form of ultra wideband technology that differs in approach to the impulse, or direct sequence form of ultra wideband.

MB-OFDM UWB transmits data simultaneously over multiple carriers spaced apart at precise frequencies. Fast Fourier Transform algorithms provide nearly 100 percent efficiency in capturing energy in a multi-path environment, while only slightly increasing transmitter complexity. Beneficial attributes of MB-OFDM include high spectral flexibility and resiliency to RF interference and multi-path effects

Although a wide band of frequencies could be used from a theoretical viewpoint, certain practical considerations limit the frequencies that are normally used for MB-OFDM UWB. Based on existing CMOS technology geometries, use of the spectrum from 3.1GHz to 4.8GHz is considered optimal for initial deployments. Limiting the upper bound simplifies the design of the radio and analogue front end circuitry as well as reducing interference with other services. Additionally the frequency band from 3.1 GHz to 4.8 GHz is sufficient for three sub-bands of 500 MHz when using MB OFDM UWB.

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