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In this paper, we propose a new method to transmit one more information bit by using orthogonal Space-Time Block Codes (STBC) for 4 antennas. Using two different STBCs matrices transmit one additional bit to achieve high rate-9/8. To maintain full rank and full diversity for the coding gain matrix, a new STBC code with full rate and full diversity is proposed in this letter. In order to implement a fast Maximum-likelihood (ML) decoding, a property of Frobenius norms of received signals is considered to reduce its complexity by checking the non-null values of the Frobenius at the transmitter side. Simulation results show that this method achieves better bit error rate (BER) performance and throughputs in the high SNR region without losing diversity gain.
Date of Conference: 20-23 May 2012