Joint adaptive modulation and diversity combining with downlink power control

Anders Gjendemsjø*, Hong Chuan Yang, Geir Egil Øien, Mohamed-Slim Alouini

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We consider the problem of finding low-complexity, bandwidth-efficient, and processing-power-efficient transmission schemes for a downlink scenario under the framework of diversity combining. Capitalizing on recent results for joint adaptive modulation and diversity combining (AMDC) schemes, we design and analyze two AMDC schemes that utilize power control to reduce the radiated power and, thus, the potential interference to other systems/users. Based on knowledge of channel fading, the proposed schemes adaptively select the signal constellation, diversity combiner structure, and transmit power level. We show that the novel schemes also provide significant average transmit power gains compared to existing joint adaptive quadratic-amplitude modulation (QAM) and diversity schemes. In particular, over a large signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) range, the transmitted power is reduced by 30%-50%, yielding a substantial decrease in interference to coexisting systems/users, while maintaining high average spectral efficiency, low combining complexity, and compliance with bit-error-rate constraints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2145-2152
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008


  • Adaptive modulation
  • Diversity techniques
  • Performance analysis
  • Power control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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