Date Added: Aug 2010
In this contribution, the authors propose an adaptive Turbo Trellis Coded Modulation (TTCM) aided Distributed Space-Time Trellis Coding (STTC) scheme for cooperative communication over quasi-static Rayleigh fading channels. An Adaptive TTCM (ATTCM) scheme is employed by the source node during the first transmission period for reliably conveying the source bits to N number of relay nodes by appropriately adjusting the code-rate and modulation mode according to the near-instantaneous channel condition. During the second transmission period, an N-antenna assisted Distributed STTC (DSTTC) scheme is created with the aid of the aforementioned N single-antenna relay nodes. More specifically, the N relay nodes are utilized to form STTC codewords based on the re-encoded TTCM symbols of the relays for transmission to the destination node.