Further results on noncoherent block-coded MPSK

Ruey Yi Wei, Yen Ming Chen

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A novel noncoherent block coding scheme, called noncoherent block-coded MPSK (NBC-MPSK), was proposed recently. In this paper, we present further research results on NBC-MPSK. We first focus on the rotational invariance (RI) of NBC-MPSK. Based on the RI property of NBC-MPSK with multistage decoding, a noncoherent near-optimal linearcomplexity multistage decoder for NBC-MPSK is proposed. Then we investigate a tree-search ML decoding algorithm for NBCMPSK. The derived algorithm is shown to have low complexity and excellent error performance. In this paper, we also utilize the idea of the NBC-MPSK to design noncoherent space-time block codes, called noncoherent space-time block-coded MPSK (NSTBC-MPSK). For two transmit antennas, we propose a signal set with set partitioning and derive the minimum noncohent distance of NSTBC-MPSK with this signal set. For the decoding of NSTBC-MPSK, we modify the ML decoding algorithm of NBC-MPSK and propose an iterative hard-decision decoding algorithm. Compared with training codes and unitary space-time modulation, NBC-MPSK and NSTBC-MPSK have larger minimum noncoherent distance and thus better error performance for the noncoherent ML decoder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1616-1625
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2008


  • Block-coded modulation
  • Noncoherent detection
  • Phase-shift keying (PSK)
  • Space-time code


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