Block precoding for MUI/ISI-resilient generalized multicarrier CDMA with multirate capabilities

Zhengdao Wang, Georgios B. Giannakis

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Potential increase in capacity along with the need to provide multimedia services and cope with multiuser interference (MUI) and intersymbol interference (ISI) arising due to wireless multipath propagation, motivate well multirate wideband code-division multiple-access (CDMA) systems. Unlike most existing continuous-time symbol-periodic and multipath-free studies, the present paper develops an all-digital block-precoded filter-bank framework capable of encompassing single- or multirate transceivers for asynchronous or quasi-synchronous CDMA transmissions through multipath channels. Thanks to symbol blocking and through appropriate design of user codes, the resulting generalized multicarrier (GMC) CDMA system not only subsumes known multicarrier CDMA variants, but also equips them with flexible multirate capabilities. It is computationally simple, and guarantees symbol recovery regardless of the (possibly unknown) FIR multipath channels in both downlink and uplink setups. Simulations corroborate that the novel GMC-CDMA system outperforms existing multirate alternatives in the presence of asynchronism and multipath, and illustrate the feasibility of recovering blindly multirate transmissions received through unknown frequency-selective channels in the uplink. Performance of GMC-CDMA system in UMTS channels is also simulated and compared with existing multirate schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2016-2027
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2001

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Paper approved by G. E. Corazza, the Editor for Spread Specturm of the IEEE Communications Society. Manuscript received October 30, 1999; revised August 21, 2000 and February 25, 2001. This work was supported by NSF CCR Grant 98-05350 and NSF Wireless Initiative Grant 99-79443. This paper was presented in part at the International Conference on Communications, New Orleans, LA, June 18–22, 2000.


  • Blind equalization
  • Multicarrier transmission
  • Multicode
  • Multipath fading channels
  • Multirate CDMA
  • Variable spreading length


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