ISSN : 1796-2021
Volume : 3    Issue : 5    Date : October 2008

The Impact of Combined Equalization on the Performance of MC-CDMA Systems
Barbara M. Masini
Page(s): 31-39
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In this work the performance of a combined equalization for multi-carrier code division multiple
access (MC-CDMA) systems is analytically evaluated. Combined equalization consists in
performing both pre-equalization at the transmitter and post-equalization at the receiver in order to
counteract fading and multi user interference. In this paper we consider partial combining (PC) at
the transmitter and threshold orthogonality restoring combining (TORC) at the receiver in the
downlink of a MC-CDMA system affected by fading. The analytical framework here proposed allows
the derivation of the bit error probability (BEP) and the bit error outage (BEO) and their dependence
on the number of subcarriers, the number of active users, the mean signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)
averaged over smallscale fading, the partial combining parameter and the threshold of the detector.
Moreover, the dependence of the TORC threshold on the other system parameters is derived,
providing a thereshold adaptive variation tracking slow processes fluctuations.

Index Terms
Multi-carrier CDMA, partial combining, TORC detection, performance evaluation, fading channel.