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In this paper, we present a power control method of relay for improving a channel estimation performance in amplify-and-forward (AF) relay networks over frequency-selective fading channel. We first analyze a channel mean-square error (MSE) by imposing a power control effect on a simple (LS) channel estimation. Then, we find that there is a trade-off between the amplitude of power control and MSE performance. Moreover, we propose the optimal and suboptimal power control methods in order to resolve such a trade-off. Finally, the superiority of the proposed channel estimation with optimal power controls is verified through numerical simulations.
Date of Publication: February 2013