Date Added: Aug 2012
This paper presents an analytical investigation on the outage performance of dual-hop multiple antenna amplify-and-forward relaying systems in the presence of interference. For both the fixed-gain and variable-gain relaying schemes, exact analytical expressions for the outage probability of the systems are derived. Moreover, simple outage probability approximations at the high signal to noise ratio regime are provided, and the diversity order achieved by the systems are characterized. The authors' results suggest that variable-gain relaying systems always outperform the corresponding fixed-gain relaying systems. In addition, the fixed-gain relaying schemes only achieve diversity order of one, while the achievable diversity order of the variable-gain relaying scheme depends on the location of the multiple antennas.