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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

Channel Estimation and Optimal Power Allocation for a Multiple-Antenna OFDM System

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20022002:548608

  • Received: 6 June 2001
  • Published:


We propose combining channel estimation and optimal power allocation approaches for a multiple-antenna orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) system in high-speed transmission applications. We develop a least-square channel estimation approach, derive the performance bound of the estimator, and investigate the optimal training sequences for initial channel acquisition. Based on the channel estimates, the optimal power allocation solution which maximizes the bandwidth efficiency is derived under power and quality of service (Qos) (symbol error rate) constraints. It is shown that combining channel tracking and adaptive power allocation can dramatically enhance the outage capacity of an OFDM multiple-antenna system when severing fading occurs.


  • OFDM
  • multiple-antenna
  • channel estimation
  • optimal power allocation
  • capacity
  • optimal training sequences
  • MSE bounds

Authors’ Affiliations

GlobespanVirata, Inc, 5171 California Avenue, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92612, USA
Electrical Engineering Department, 68-113 Engineering IV Building, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1594, USA


© Tung and Yao 2002