Space-time block-coded multiple access through frequency-selective fading channels

Zhiqiang Liu, Georgios B. Giannakis

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Mitigation of multipath fading effects and suppression of multiuser interference (MUI) constitute major challenges in the design of wide-band third-generation wireless mobile systems. Space-time (ST) coding offers an effective transmit-antenna diversity technique to combat fading, but most existing ST coding schemes assume flat fading channels that may not be valid for wide-band communications. Single-user ST coded orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing transmissions over frequency-selective channels suffer from finite-impulse response channel nulls (fades). Especially multiuser ST block-coded transmissions through (perhaps unknown) multipath present unique challenges in suppressing not only MUI but also intersymbol/chip interference. In this paper, we design ST multiuser transceivers suitable for coping with frequency-selective multipath channels (downlink or uplink). Relying on symbol blocking and a single-receive antenna, ST block codes are derived and MUI is eliminated without destroying the orthogonality of ST block codes. The system is shown capable of providing transmit diversity while guaranteeing symbol recovery in multiuser environments, regardless of unknown multipath. Unlike existing approaches, the mobile does not need to know the channel of other users. In addition to decoding simplicity, analytic evaluation and corroborating simulations reveal its flexibility and performance merits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1033-1044
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2001

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Paper approved by A. Goldsmith, the Editor for Wireless Communication of the IEEE Communications Society. Manuscript received November 15, 1999; revised November 15, 2000. This work was supported by the ARO under Grant DAAG55-98-1-0336. This paper was presented in part at the First Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop, Boston, MA, March 15–17, 2000.


  • Dispersive channels
  • Diversity methods
  • Multiuser detection
  • ST codes
  • Transmit antennas


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