Space-Time-Frequency Block Codes over Frequency Selective Fading Channels

Kenji SUTO  Tomoaki OHTSUKI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E87-B   No.7   pp.1939-1945
Publication Date: 2004/07/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Wireless Communication Technology
Keyword: 
STBC,  ST-OFDM,  SF-OFDM,  STF-OFDM,  

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Summary: 
Space-time block coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ST-OFDM) has been proposed as an attractive solution for a high bit rate data transmission in a multipath fading environment. Space-frequency block coded OFDM (SF-OFDM) has been also proposed as another solution. These two systems utilize STBC with a 22 transmission matrix, using two transmit antennas. In ST-OFDM the block codes are formed over the space-time domains. In SF-OFDM the block codes are formed over the space-frequency domains. If we apply STBC with a 44 transmission matrix to OFDM, using four transmit antennas, we can expect the performance improvement. However, when the block codes are formed over space-time (frequency) domains with four transmit antennas, the conditions of the orthogonality become more strict. We can expect that if the block codes are formed over space-time-frequency domains with four transmit antennas, that is, if we implement space-time-frequency block coded OFDM (STF-OFDM), the condition of the orthogonality is more relaxed. In this paper, we apply STBC with a 44 transmission matrix to OFDM and propose STF-OFDM. We evaluate the performance of the three types of systems (ST-OFDM, SF-OFDM, STF-OFDM). We show that the best system with respect to the error rate performance differs in the different channel conditions. When the effect of the Doppler spread is large and the effect of the delay spread is small, SF-OFDM has the best error rate performance, and STF-OFDM and ST-OFDM follow in order. When the effect of the delay spread is large and the effect of the Doppler spread is small, ST-OFDM has the best error rate performance, and STF-OFDM and SF-OFDM follow in order. We also show that STF-OFDM is attractive in wireless communications. STF-OFDM is more tolerant than ST-OFDM with respect to the Doppler spread and SF-OFDM with respect to the delay spread, respectively.