Joint source-channel coding with one-bit ADC front end

Morteza Varasteh, Osvaldo Simeone, Deniz Gunduz

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This paper considers the zero-delay transmission of a Gaussian source over an additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel with a one-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) front end. The optimization of the encoder and decoder is tackled under both the mean squared error (MSE) distortion and the outage distortion criteria with an average power constraint. For MSE distortion, the optimal transceiver is identified over the space of symmetric encoders. This result demonstrates that the linear encoder, which is optimal with a full-precision front end, approaches optimality only in the low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) regime; while, digital transmission is optimal in the high SNR regime. For the outage distortion criterion, the structure of the optimal encoder and decoder are obtained. In particular, it is shown that the encoder mapping is piecewise constant and can take only two opposite values when it is non-zero.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - ISIT 2016; 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509018062
StatePublished - Aug 10 2016
Event2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2016 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Jul 10 2016Jul 15 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Other2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Joint source channel coding
  • average distortion
  • one-bit ADC
  • outage distortion
  • zero-delay transmission


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