XY-MAC: A Short Preamble MAC With Sharpened Pauses for Wireless Sensor Networks

Provided by: Xider Games
Topic: Mobility
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Short preamble MAC protocols such as X-MAC use a series of consecutive short preamble packets with pauses between them, which refer to as a strobed preamble. Target receiver can send an ACK packet during those pauses to stop the preamble transmission. Hence, the average length of transmitted preamble is reduced in this way, higher energy efficiency and lower latency are achieved accordingly. But with pauses longer than the transmission of an ACK packet, the sampling period at receivers is increased significantly as well, which makes it suboptimal of energy efficiency in light traffic load networks.

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