A comparison of time-switched transmit diversity and space-time coded systems over time-varying miso channels

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2011
Köken, Erman
This thesis presents a comparison between two transmit diversity schemes, namely space-time coding and time-switched transmit diversity (TSTD) over block-fading and time-varying multi-input single-output (MISO) channels with different channel parameters. The schemes are concatenated with outer channel codes in order to achieve spatio-temporal diversity. The analytical results are derived for the error performances of the systems and the simulation results as well as outage probabilities are provided. Besides, the details of the pilot-symbol-aided modulation (PSAM) technique are investigated and the error performances of the systems are analyzed when the channel state information is estimated with PSAM. It is demonstrated using the analytical and simulation results that TSTD have a comparable error performance with the space-time coding techniques and it even outperforms the space-time codes for some channel parameters. Our results indicate that TSTD can be suggested as an alternative to space-time codes in some time-varying channels especially due to the implementation simplicity.