Extended orthogonal STBC for OFDM with partial channel knowledge at the transmitter

Pedro Tejera, Wolfgang Utschick, Gerhard Bauch, Josef A. Nossek

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Orthogonal space-time block codes (STBC) constitute a simple way of exploiting transmit diversity. If no channel knowledge is available at the transmitter the use of diversity can increase performance significantly. However, if some partial channel state information (CSI) is available, such as knowledge of the transmit correlation matrix, adapting transmission to this knowledge provides additional perfomance gains. In such case, adaptivity can be introduced by using a unitary eigenbeamformer with beams pointing along the directions of the eigenvectors of the transmit correlation matrix and applying a convenient power loading along the resulting beams. While for Rayleigh-fading channel eigenbeamforming has been shown to be optimum in terms of ergodic capacity, so far, no closed solution for the optimum power loading has been found. In the work at hand, orthogonal STBC are combined with eigenbeamforming in an orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) context and an optimum power loading is found, where optimality refers to an upperbound of pairwise error probability (PEP). The resulting signaling scheme can be viewed as an extension of STBC to OFDM with partial channel knowledge. The solution represents a very interesting trade-off between transmit diversity and antenna gain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2990-2994
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE International Conference on Communications
StatePublished - 2004
Event2004 IEEE International Conference on Communications - Paris, France
Duration: 20 Jun 200424 Jun 2004


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