Achievable rate of spectrum sharing cognitive radio systems over fading channels at low-power regime

Lokman Sboui, Zouheir Rezki, Mohamed-Slim Alouini

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We study the achievable rate of cognitive radio (CR) spectrum sharing systems at the low-power regime for general fading channels and then for Nakagami fading. We formally define the low-power regime and present the corresponding closed-form expressions of the achievable rate lower bound under various types of interference and/or power constraints, depending on the available channel state information of the cross link (CL) between the secondary-user transmitter and the primary-user receiver. We explicitly characterize two regimes where either the interference constraint or the power constraint dictates the optimal power profile. Our framework also highlights the effects of different fading parameters on the secondary link (SL) ergodic achievable rate. We also study more realistic scenarios when there is either 1-bit quantized channel feedback from the CL alone or 2-bit feedback from both the CL and the SL and propose simple power control schemes and show that these schemes achieve the previously achieved rate at the low-power regime. Interestingly, we show that the low-power regime analysis provides a specific insight into the maximum achievable rate behavior of CR that has not been reported by previous studies.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6461-6473
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2014

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation) under NPRP Grant NPRP5-250-2-087. This paper was presented in part at the 2013 International Conference on Communications (ICC 2013), Budapest, Hungary. The associate editor coordinating the review of this paper and approving it for publication was M. R. Bhatnagar.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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