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Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Jacob Gunther


This thesis presents a timing error detector (TED) used in the symbol timing synchronization subsystem for digital communications. The new timing error detector is designed to minimize the probability of symbol decision error, and it is called minimum symbol error rate TED (MSERTED). The new TED resembles the TED derived using the maximum likelihood (ML) criterion but gives rise to faster convergence relative to MLTED. The new TED requires shorter training sequences for symbol timing recovery. The TED operates on the outputs of the matched filter and estimates the timing offset. The S-curve is used as a tool for analyzing the behavior of the TEDs. The faster convergence of the new TED is shown in simulation results as compared to MLTED. The new TED works well for any two-dimensional constellation with arbitrarily shaped decision regions.


This work made publicly available electronically on August 2, 2010.