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Performance comparison of HARQ with Chase combining and incremental redundancy for HSDPA

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3 Author(s)
Frenger, P. ; Ericsson Radio Syst. AB, Ericsson Res., Stockholm, Sweden ; Parkvall, S. ; Dahlman, E.

We compare two hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) combining strategies that currently are considered for the high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) evolution of WCDMA. The two HARQ combining schemes are Chase combining, where the retransmissions are identical copies of the original transmission, and incremental redundancy (IR), where the retransmissions consist of new parity bits from the channel encoder. We show that the link-level performance of a HARQ type-II system can be significantly better with IR compared to Chase combining. The largest gains are obtained for high channel-coding rates and high modulation orders. For low modulation and coding schemes (MCS), the link-level performance gains with IR are less significant. We further show that in a system that uses link adaptation we can not expect any large gains with IR as long as the link adaptation errors are reasonably small. Furthermore, we show that on fading channels there are situations when an IR system actually performs poorer than a Chase combining system

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Vehicular Technology Conference, 2001. VTC 2001 Fall. IEEE VTS 54th  (Volume:3 )

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2001