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A Hybrid Single-Carrier/Multicarrier Transmission Scheme with Power Allocation

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20072008:168032

DOI: 10.1155/2008/168032

Received: 11 May 2007

Accepted: 16 August 2007

Published: 19 August 2007


We propose a flexible transmission scheme which easily allows to switch between cyclic-prefixed single-carrier (CP-SC) and cyclic-prefixed multicarrier (CP-MC) transmissions. This scheme takes advantage of the best characteristic of each scheme, namely, the low peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) of the CP-SC scheme and the robustness to channel selectivity of the CP-MC scheme. Moreover, we derive the optimum power allocation for the CP-SC transmission considering a zero-forcing (ZF) and a minimum mean-square error (MMSE) receiver. By taking the PAPR into account, we are able to make a better analysis of the overall system and the results show the advantage of the CP-SC-MMSE scheme for flat and mild selective channels due to their low PAPR and that the CP-MC scheme is more advantageous for a narrow range of channels with severe selectivity.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Signal Processing Laboratory for Communications (DSPCom), State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)
Laboratory of Electronics and Communications, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM)


© Danilo Zanatta Filho et al. 2008

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