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Vertical layering with Successive Interference Cancellation (SIC) at the receiver (e.g., V-BLAST) is a popular spatial multiplexing scheme that achieves high data rates over multi-antenna wireless channels. However, SIC suffers from low diversity gains and recently, with limited feedback, a diversity optimal SIC receiver has been proposed based on Greedy QR decomposition (GQR-SIC). But the low diversity gain of the first decoded layer degrades the overall diversity gain. In this paper, the authors present a new diagonally layered spatial multiplexing scheme that employs GQR-SIC receiver but achieves significantly higher diversity gains. In the proposed scheme, the diversity gain of a weak layer is improved through interleaving the co-ordinates of the symbols transmitted over the weak layer and a strong layer.
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