Receiver Structure Main advantage of the MC-CDMA – receiver employ all the received signal energy Receiver stages – Coherently detection with DFT – Despreading – Using combining techniques (EGC, MRC, …) Single-user detection: prefiltering method Multi-user detection (MUD) – Linear: MMSE, – Nonlinear: PIC, SIC – Turbo MUD
Advanced Variations MIMO-MC-CDMA – Prefiltering CSI at tx Single user detection – Space-time codes (CSI at rx) – Layered space-time Beamforming – Smart antenna Low data rate in low number of users Lower complexity Transmit array vs. Receive array Outdoor application BD-MC-CDMA – Transmitters select carriers (frequency bands) which are under good condition according to feedback information from the receivers and can decrease transmission power for each receiver.
Applications Beyond 3G and 4G – High data rates: 100 Mbps for DL 20 Mbps for UL – High spectral efficiency in multi-cell environment – Open issues: slot/frame acquisition, channel estimation: MIMO and UL, UL synchronization – Competition with evolution of existing DS-CDMA systems, OFDMA and solution from NTTDoCoMo VSF-OFCDM (variable spreading factor Orthogonal Frequency and Code Division Multiplexing) for the DL.
Applications Power Line Communications (PLC) – Cellular system: resistance to inter-cell interference – High data rates (100 Mbps) – Compliant with authorized spectrum mask – Competition with OFDMA Cognitive radio – Adaptive to unused frequency bands
MC-CDMA vs. OFDMA OFDMA – Assignment of one or several sub-carriers to each user – User-data symbols are allocated directly to channel resources and therefore offers no diversity without channel coding MC-CDMA – Transmits in parallel chips of a spread data symbol on different sub-carriers – Spreads the user data symbol energy over all channel resources and therefore offers diversity. – Trade-off between the negative impact of MAI and the positive effect of frequency diversity
MC-CDMA vs. OFDMA Single user scenario: – Comparison depends on coding rates, constellation size and receiver structure – MC-CDMA outperforms COFDM for small constellation (QPSK) Cellular environment: – Resource allocation for OFDMA system – MC-CDMA can outperform OFDMA in the case of varying resource loads – OFDMA performance in the peripheral cell area surpasses the MC-CDMA
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