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Use of space time block codes and spatial multiplexing using TDLS channel estimation to enhance the throughput of OFDM based WLANs

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)704 - 708
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
StatePublished - Apr 2003
Event57th Vehicular Technology Conference 2003 (VTC 2003-Spring) - Jeju, Korea, Republic of


HIPERLAN/2, 802.11a, 802.11g and HiSWANa wireless local area networks (WLANs) employ coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (COFDM) and provide data rates of up to 54 Mbps in a 20 MHz bandwidth. In this paper, space-time block coding (STBC) and spatial multiplexing MIMO techniques are considered as a means of enhancing the performance of COFDM WLANs. To perform channel estimation for multiple transmit and receive antennas, it is necessary to make transmitted pilot signals orthogonal in space and time. In this paper, this was achieved using a Hadamard design. A time domain least square channel estimator was used to achieve high performance. Packet error rate (PER) performance results for the case of 2Tx and 2Rx antennas are presented and throughput enhancements are evaluated. It is observed that STBC doubles the link throughput for low SNR values. As expected, multiplexing achieves significant throughput enhancements at high SNR values at the expense of additional complexity

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Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) Name and Venue of Conference: IEEE 57th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Spring 2003) Conference Organiser: IEEE Rose publication type: Conference contribution Sponsorship: The authors wish to acknowledge the financial support of the IST ROMANTIK project (funded by the European Union) and A. Prado would also like to thank Toshiba Research Europe Limited (TREL) Terms of use: Copyright © 2003 IEEE. Reprinted from Proceedings of IEEE 57th Vehicular Technology Conference, 2003. This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of the University of Bristol's products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to By choosing to view this document, you agree to all provisions of the copyright laws protecting it Contributor (Other): Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

    Research areas

  • OFDM, WLANs, channel estimation, MIMO


57th Vehicular Technology Conference 2003 (VTC 2003-Spring)

Duration1 Apr 2003 → …
CountryKorea, Republic of

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