Performance Analysis of CRC-Polar Concatenated Codes

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Lydia Sari
Masagus M. Ikhsan Assiddiq U.P.
Syah Alam
Indra Surjati


Polar code has been proven to obtain Shannon capacity for Binary Input Discrete Memoryless Channel (BIDMC) and its use has been proposed as the channel coding in 5G technology.  However, its performance is limited in finite block length, compared to Turbo or LDPC codes.  This research proposes the use of various CRC codes to complement Polar codes with finite block length and analyses the performance based on Block Error Rate (BLER) to Es/N0 (dB).  The CRC codes used are of degrees 11 and 24, with 3 different polynomial generators for each degree. The number of bits in the information sequence is 32. The list sizes used are 1, 2, 4, and 8. Simulation results show that the concatenation of CRC and Polar codes will yield good BLER vs Es/N0 performance for short blocks of codeword, with rates 32/864 and 54/864.  Concatenating CRC codes with Polar codes will yield a BLER performance of 10-2 with Es/N0 values of -9.1 to -7.5  dB when CRC codes of degree 11 is used, depending on the SC list used. The use of CRC codes of degree 24 enables a BLER performance of 10-2 with Es/N0 values of -7 to -6 dB when the SC list used is 1 or 2.  The use of CRC codes of degree 24 combined with SC list with sizes 4 or 8 will improve the BLER performance to 10-2 with Es/N0 values of -8 to -7.5 dB


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L. Sari, M. Assiddiq U.P., S. Alam, and I. Surjati, “Performance Analysis of CRC-Polar Concatenated Codes”, INFOTEL, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 123-128, Sep. 2020.


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