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This paper presents a new and simple decoding algorithm for layered space time block codes such as the two independent Alamouti's codes which are also called the double space-time transmit diversity (DSTTD) system. By using group interference suppression and successive interference cancellation, we can treat DSTTD as two independent space-time block codes (STBC). We can then decode both of these STBC's through a simple maximum likelihood (ML) detector with null space-based interference cancellation. We also compare the proposed interference cancellation (IC) scheme with the conventional MMSE IC scheme. The performance of the proposed IC scheme is comparable to that of the MMSE IC scheme while the complexity reduction factor of the proposed scheme can be up to 5 compared to the MMSE IC scheme.
Date of Publication: April 2009