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BER Performance for Downlink MC-CDMA Systems over Rician Fading Channels

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20052005:157651

Received: 30 July 2003

Published: 20 April 2005


We consider downlink multicarrier code-division multiple-access (MC-CDMA) systems using binary phase-shift keying (BPSK) modulation scheme and maximal ratio combining (MRC) in frequency-selective Rician fading channels. A time-domain method to obtain bit error rate (BER) by calculating moment generating function (MGF) of the decision variable for a tapped-delay-line channel model is proposed. This method does not require any assumption regarding the statistical or spectral distribution of multiple access interference (MAI), and it is also not necessary to assume that the fading encountered by the subcarriers is independent of each other. The analytical formula is also verified by simulations.

Keywords and phrases:

frequency-selective Rician fading channels MC-CDMA moment generating function performance analysis BER for downlink MC-CDMA systems over Rician fading channels

Authors’ Affiliations

Positioning & Wireless Technology Centre (PWTC), School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


© Hou and Dubey 2005