A New Simple Packet Combining Scheme Employing Maximum Likelihood Detection for MIMO-OFDM Transmission in Relay Channels


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E97-B   No.5   pp.1094-1102
Publication Date: 2014/05/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E97.B.1094
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Terrestrial Wireless Communication/Broadcasting Technologies
relay channel,  decode-and-forward,  packet combining,  cyclic shift delay,  MIMO-OFDM,  MLD,  

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This paper describes a simple packet combining scheme with maximum likelihood detection (MLD) for multiple-input multiple-output with orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (MIMO-OFDM) in relay channels to construct reliable wireless links in wireless local area networks (LANs). Our MLD-based approach employs the multiplexed sub-stream signals in different transmit slots. The proposed scheme uses an additional combining process before MLD processing. Moreover, the proposed scheme sets the cyclic shift delay (CSD) operation in the relay terminal. We evaluate the performance of the proposed scheme by the packet error rate (PER) and throughput performance in the decode-and-forward (DF) strategy. First, we show that the proposed scheme offers approximately 4.5dB improvement over the conventional scheme in the received power ratio of the relay terminal to the destination terminal at PER =0.1. Second, the proposed scheme achieves about 1.6 times the throughput of the conventional scheme when the received power ratio of the relay terminal to the destination terminal is 3dB.