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This letter presents a new optimum interference mitigating combining (OIMC) scheme for the code-division multiple-access downlink RAKE receiver. The OIMC scheme optimizes the RAKE weights and maximizes the signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) at the RAKE combiner output. Unlike other interference mitigation schemes, the new scheme does not need to estimate the interference or data correlation matrix (and its inverse) of the received signal to render a reliable and low complexity receiver. The OIMC scheme mitigates interference by inversely proportionately weighting the finger output by its associated interference power, while simultaneously mitigating multipath fading. The interference power is found to be directly related to the finger's associated multipath channel gain, rendering the OIMC scheme with the same order of complexity as a maximal ratio combining (MRC) scheme. Under realistic channel conditions, simulation results show that the proposed OIMC scheme always outperforms MRC with a gain of up to more than 1 dB.
Date of Publication: May 2005