Ergodic Rate Analysis of Cooperative Ambient Backscatter Communication

Shaoqing Zhou, Wei Xu, Kezhi Wang, Cunhua Pan, Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Arumugam Nallanathan

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Ambient backscatter communication has shown great potential in the development of future wireless networks. It enables a backscatter transmitter (BTx) to send information directly to an adjacent receiver by modulating over ambient radio frequency (RF) carriers. In this letter, we consider a cooperative ambient backscatter communication system where a multi-antenna cooperative receiver separately decodes signals from an RF source and a BTx. Upper bounds of the ergodic rates of both links are derived. The power scaling laws are accordingly characterized for both the primary cellular transmission and the cooperative backscatter. The impact of additional backscatter link is also quantitatively analyzed. Simulation results are provided to verify the derived results.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1679-1682
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 22 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported in part by the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province for Distinguished Young Scholars under Grant SBK2019010264, in part by NSFC under Grant 61871109, and in part by the Royal Academy of Engineering through the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Scheme.


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