Adaptive modulation and code rate for turbo coded OFDM transmissions

Lei Ye, Alister Burr

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This paper discusses the application of adaptive modulation and adaptive rate turbo-coding to OFDM (orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing), to enable a closer approach to the Shannon capacity of the time and frequency selective channel. The adaptive turbo-code scheme is based on a subband adaptive method, and compares two adaptation algorithms: a conventional, conservative approach where modulation and code rate is chosen based on the poorest subcarrier in a subband, and an optimal approach based on a prediction of the average BER over all sub-carriers. Four modulation schemes (BPSK QPSK,\8AMPM and 16QAM) and four code rates (1/3, 1/2, 2/3 and uncoded) are employed. Systems employing different numbers of combinations of these schemes are compared. Simulation results for throughput and BER show that 8 schemes are sufficient to approach the maximum capacity: a small reduction in throughput occurs with,only 4 schemes (all 1/2 rate coded). The optimal adaptation algorithm provides a significant improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 IEEE 65TH VEHICULAR TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-6
Place of PublicationNEW YORK
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-0265-6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event65th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference - Dublin
Duration: 22 Apr 200725 Apr 2007


Conference65th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference

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