On Array-Processing Based Quasi-Orthogonal Space-Time Block-Coded OFDM Systems

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors propose a Quasi-Orthogonal Space - Time Block Coding (QO-STBC) Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplex (OFDM) scheme for its application in frequency-selective channels. A novel decoding approach for QO-STBC OFDM is introduced, and it works based on an array-processing technique. The received QO-STBC OFDM symbol array is decomposed by null spaces of the split-up channel matrices, followed by a parallel decoding unit, as an effort to reduce the computational complexity and latency induced by the decoding process. The performance of the proposed system is evaluated over frequency-selective channels by both analysis and computer simulations to show the effectiveness of the scheme.

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