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Closed-form expressions for the bit error rate (BER) performance of space-frequency block coded OFDM (SFBC-OFDM) systems are derived and evaluated for frequency-selective fading channels. In the performance analysis, both M-ary phase shift keying (MPSK) and M-ary quadrature amplitude modulation (MQAM) are considered, and the effects of channel estimation errors on the BER performance are studied. Numerical results and comparisons are provided for several forms of SFBC-OFDM. It is shown that the results obtained from the closed-form formulae are very close to the ones using the exact expressions and to simulation results of the SFBC-OFDM model. The BER deterioration that results from channel estimation errors in the SFBC-OFDM systems is also illustrated. Using the provided results, the amount of degradation can be quantified.
Date of Publication: April 2007