Switching Between OSTBC and Spatial Multiplexing with Linear Receivers in Spatially Correlated MIMO Channels

Authors:

A. Forenza, M. McKay, I. B. Collings, and Robert W. Heath Jr

Reference:

IEEE Vehic. Tech. Conference, Melborne, Australia, May 7-10, 2006.

Abstract:

We present a low complexity adaptive transmission approach for spatially correlated MIMO channels. The proposed scheme adaptively switches between orthogonal space-time block codes (OSTBC) and spatial multiplexing (SM), depending of the channel correlation and SNR. We derive an exact closed-form expression and tight upper bound on the OSTBC capacity in double-correlated channels, and examine the relative capacity of OSTBC and SM in terms of the spatial correlation. We then derive efficient closed-form BER expressions for practical OSTBC transmission employing bit-interleaved coded modulation (BICM). Based on these results, we propose a practical adaptive algorithm which selects the combination of MIMO transmission scheme (OSTBC or SM), and BICM mode, which achieves the highest spectral efficiency whilst satisfying a pre-defined BER.

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