An Efficient ARQ Scheme for Multi-Carrier Modulation Systems Based on Packet Combining

Hiroyuki ATARASHI  Masao NAKAGAWA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E82-B   No.5   pp.731-739
Publication Date: 1999/05/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Mobile Communication
Keyword: 
ARQ,  multi-carrier modulation,  packet combining,  adaptive data order rearrangement,  

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Summary: 
An efficient ARQ scheme based on the packet combining technique is investigated for multi-carrier modulation systems. In multi-carrier modulation systems, several sub-carriers are used for high data rate transmission and their individual received signal quality becomes different from one sub-carrier to others in a frequency selective fading channel. Therefore by changing the assignment of data to the sub-carriers in the retransmission packets, the distortion between the previous transmitted packet and the newly retransmitted one will be different. This is the principle of the proposed adaptive data order rearrangement for a packet combining ARQ scheme, which can achieve more diversity gain in packet combining and improve the ARQ performance. From the results of the theoretical analysis and the computer simulation, it is confirmed that the proposed packet combining ARQ with the proposed operation can achieve the better performance in terms of the average packet transmission success probability. In addition, this proposed scheme is also compared with the conventional multi-carrier modulation ARQ scheme based on the partial retransmission of a packet. The computer simulation results demonstrate that the proposed scheme has also advantage against the latter one, and it is considered to be as a more efficient ARQ scheme for multi-carrier modulation systems.