Outage Channel Capacity of Direct/Cooperative AF Relay Switched SC-FDMA Using Spectrum Division/Adaptive Subcarrier Allocation

Masayuki NAKADA
Tatsunori OBARA
Fumiyuki ADACHI

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E96-B    No.4    pp.1001-1011
Publication Date: 2013/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E96.B.1001
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Wireless Communication Technologies
cooperative AF relay,  SC-FDMA,  spectrum division/adaptive subcarrier allocation,  

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In this paper, a direct/cooperative relay switched single carrier-frequency division multiple access (SC-FDMA) using amplify-and-forward (AF) protocol and spectrum division/adaptive subcarrier allocation (SDASA) is proposed. Using SDASA, the transmit SC signal spectrum is divided into sub-blocks, to each of which a different set of subcarriers (resource block) is adaptively allocated according to the channel conditions of mobile terminal (MT)-relay station (RS) link, RS-base station (BS) link, and MT-BS link. Cooperative relay does not always provide higher capacity than the direct communication. Switching between direct communication and cooperative relay is done depending on the channel conditions of MT-RS, RS-BS, and MT-BS links. We evaluate the achievable channel capacity by the Monte-Carlo numerical computation method. It is shown that the proposed scheme can reduce the transmit power by about 6.0 (2.0) dB compared to the direct communication (the cooperative AF relay) for a 1%-outage capacity of 3.0 bps/Hz.