A Novel Ergodic Capacity Analysis of Diversity Combining and Multihop Transmission Systems over Generalized Composite Fading Channels


Yilmaz F., Alouini M.

IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Ottawa, Canada, 10 - 15 June 2012 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/icc.2012.6363755
  • City: Ottawa
  • Country: Canada
  • Keywords: Ergodic capacity, moment generating function, diversity receivers, transmission techniques, composite fading channels, extended generalized-K fading, selection combining, equal-gain combining, maximal-ratio combining, cascaded fading channels, amplify-and-forward multihop transmission, PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No

Abstract

Ergodic capacity is an important performance measure associated with reliable communication at the highest rate at which information can be sent over the channel with a negligible probability of error. In the shadow of this definition, diversity receivers (such as selection combining, equal-gain combining and maximal-ratio combining) and transmission techniques (such as cascaded fading channels, amplify-and-forward multihop transmission) are deployed in mitigating various performance impairing effects such as fading and shadowing in digital radio communication links. However, the exact analysis of ergodic capacity is in general not always possible for all of these forms of diversity receivers and transmission techniques over generalized composite fading environments due to it's mathematical intractability. In the literature, published papers concerning the exact analysis of ergodic capacity have been therefore scarce (i.e., only [1] and [2]) when compared to those concerning the exact analysis of average symbol error probability. In addition, they are essentially targeting to the ergodic capacity of the maximal ratio combining diversity receivers and are not readily applicable to the capacity analysis of the other diversity combiners / transmission techniques. In this paper, we propose a novel moment generating function-based approach for the exact ergodic capacity analysis of both diversity receivers and transmission techniques over generalized composite fading environments. As such, we demonstrate how to simultaneously treat the ergodic capacity analysis of all forms of both diversity receivers and multihop transmission techniques.