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In this paper, the authors describe the concatenation of Turbo/Convolutional codes with transmit and receive diversity schemes by using Space-Time Block Code. It is shown that, by using two transmit antennas and one/or two receive antenna, large coding gain for the bit error rate is achieved over the system without diversity. Simulation results show that, by using systems with transmit and receive diversity, high gain can be achieved with very low complexity. It turns out that at 4-10BER=, the gain of 9 dB can be achieved for system using STTD transmit diversity only (without using any channel codes) and 2 dB gain can be achieved over channel coding systems using hard-decision decoding with much lower complexity.
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