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Finger Replacement Method for Rake Receivers in the Soft Handover Region

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4 Author(s)
Seyeong Choi ; Texas A&M Univ. at Qatar, Doha ; Alouini, M.-S. ; Qaraqe, K.A. ; Hong-Chuan Yang

We propose and analyze a new finger replacement technique that is applicable for RAKE receivers in the soft handover (SHO) region. More specifically, the receiver uses in the SHO region by default the strongest paths from the serving base station (BS) and only when the combined signal-to-noise ratio falls below a certain pre-determined threshold, the receiver uses more resolvable paths from the target BS to improve the performance. Instead of changing the configuration for all fingers, the receiver just compares the sum of the weakest paths out of the currently connected paths from the serving BS with the sum of the strongest paths from the target BS and selects the better group. Using accurate statistical analysis, we investigate in this letter the tradeoff between error performance, average number of required path comparisons, and SHO overhead offered by this newly proposed scheme.

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Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 4 )