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Iterative Multiuser Detection, Macrodiversity Combining, and Decoding for the TDMA Cellular Uplink

By Matthew C. Valenti and Brian D. Woerner


A soft-input soft-output (SISO) multiuser detector (MUD) suitable for inclusion in iterative processing architectures is presented and applied to the detection of the coded time division multiple access (TDMA) cellular uplink. A SISO-MUD processor is located at each base station in the network, and adjacent base stations share information concerning the mobiles they serve. Because the MUD outputs are soft, they are suitable for postdetection macrodiversity combining. The combined signals are then passed to a SISO forward error correction (FEC) decoder, and the soft outputs are fed back to the multiuser detectors. Processing continues in an iterative fashion in accordance with the turbo principle. Simulation results are presented that indicate that use of such a scheme enables cellular systems to be overloaded with more than just one cochannel user per cell at the price of a minimal loss in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). The proposed implementation assumes the availability of both perfect channel state information and a high capacity backhaul

Year: 2001
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