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A cross-layer design is developed which combines the Adaptive Modulation and Coding (AMC) at the physical layer and truncated Automatic Repeat reQuest (ARQ) at the data link layer to maximize the spectral efficiency under prescribed error performance constraints. Depending on the error correcting capability of the truncated ARQ, which depends on the maximum allowable number of retransmissions, the authors design AMC transmission modes, with each mode consisting of a specific modulation and FEC code pair as in IEEE 802.16 standard, that guarantee the required performance. Numerical results reveal that retransmissions at the data link layer relieve stringent error control requirements at the physical layer and thereby enable considerable spectral efficiency gain.
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