Published in Osborne, W.P., & Whittington, J.L. (1992). A phase ambiguity resolution technique for TCM. IEEE Military Communications Conference, 1992. MILCOM '92, Conference Record. 'Communications - Fusing Command, Control and Intelligence,' v. 1, 405-409. doi: 10.1109/MILCOM.1992.244047 ©1992 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.


This paper presents the simulation model, performance evaluation and hardware implementation of a technique to resolve phase ambiguity in trellis coded modulation (TCM) where the popular Viterbi algorithm is utilized. While this approach has been employed with BPSK and QPSK, its application to multilevel modulation schemes (M>4) is novel and of interest because it provides a viable alternative to rotationally invariant codes. This approach does not require any arithmetic computations and can be accomplished with minimal hardware. The results presented in this paper are being used to implement a 32 sector phase quantized TCM system utilizing 8PSK modulation.