Communications and Network

Volume 2, Issue 2 (May 2010)

ISSN Print: 1949-2421   ISSN Online: 1947-3826

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Maximum Ratio Combining Precoding for Multi-Antenna Relay Systems

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This paper addresses the design of practical communication strategies for multi-antenna amplify-and-forward and decode-and-forward relay systems. We show that simple linear techniques at the source and destination in conjunction with maximum ratio combining can provide an optimal transmission strategy in terms of received SNR without imposing a huge computational load over the relay node(s). Besides, the structures of precoding matrices are very similar at the source and relay nodes, which reduces the complexity as all nodes can play the role of source and relay nodes without changing their transmission structure. Numerical results show that the proposed transmission and reception techniques can improve the received SNR, and hence enhance the ergodic capacity.

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H. Bahrami and T. Le-Ngoc, "Maximum Ratio Combining Precoding for Multi-Antenna Relay Systems," Communications and Network, Vol. 2 No. 2, 2010, pp. 97-103. doi: 10.4236/cn.2010.22016.

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