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Differential space-frequency modulation via smooth logical channel for broadband wireless communications

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2 Author(s)
Su, W. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., State Univ. of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA ; Liu, K.J.R.

In this letter, a differential space-frequency modulation (DSFM) scheme is proposed for multiple input multiple-output (MIMO)-orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) systems in broadband wireless communications. We assume that the fading channels keep constant only within each OFDM block, and may change independently from one OFDM block to another. The differential schemes proposed for MIMO-OFDM systems in the literature cannot successfully decode with such a rapidly fading channel, since the successful decoding of the previously existing schemes relies on the assumption that the fading channel keeps constant within a period of several OFDM blocks, and it changes slowly from a period of several OFDM blocks to another. In our proposed DSFM scheme, the transmitted signals are differentially encoded in the frequency domain within each OFDM block. Thus, the differential decoding can be performed over subcarriers within each single OFDM block. Furthermore, if a statistical channel power-delay profile (PDP) is known at the transmitter, we propose to create a smooth logical channel to improve the performance of the DSFM scheme. We obtain the smooth logical channel by sorting the channel frequency responses over subcarriers from a statistical point of view. If the logical channel is not smooth enough, we further consider a pruning process in which we use only the "good" part of the channel and get rid of the "bad" part of the channel. Simulation results show that the proposed DSFM scheme over a smooth logical channel (with pruning, if necessary) performs well for various channel PDPs.

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Communications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 12 )