Noncoherent communications using space-time trellis codes
Thesis DisciplineElectrical Engineering
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Engineering
In the last decade much interest has been shown in space-time trellis codes (STTCs) since they can offer coding gain along with the ability to exploit the space and time diversity of MIMO channels. STTCs can be flexibly designed by trading off performance versus complexity. The work of Dayal  stated that if training symbols are used together with data symbols, then a space-time code can be viewed as a noncoherent code. The authors of  described the migration from coherent space-time codes to training assisted noncoherent space-time codes. This work focuses on the development of training assisted noncoherent STTCs, thus extending the concept of noncoherent training codes to STTCs. We investigate the intrinsic link between coherent and noncoherent demod- ulation. By analyzing noncoherent STTCs for up to four transmit antennas, we see that they have similar performance deterioration to noncoherently demodulated M-PSK using a single antenna. Various simulations have been done to confirm the analysis.