Transmit antenna selection schemes with reduced feedback rate

Zhuo Chen*, Iain B. Collings, Zhendong Zhou, Branka Vucetic

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In this paper, we propose and analyze three new transmit antenna selection schemes with reduced feedback rate requirement compared with the conventional scheme. In Scheme 1, Lt available transmit antennas are divided as equally as possible into two groups with consecutive antennas. The best single antenna within each group is selected. In Scheme 2, only the best one among Lt antennas is made known to the transmitter, and the other one is selected at random. In Scheme 3, Lt antennas are divided into multiple subsets each consisting of two adjacent antennas, and the best subset is selected. Bit error rate (BER) expressions for the proposed schemes with Alamouti code are derived for independent flat Rayleigh fading channels. It is found that all the three schemes achieve a full diversity order. The relative merit of each proposed scheme is delineated based on the trade-off between the asymptotic performance loss and feedback reduction, both relative to the conventional scheme. We conclude that Schemes 1 and 3 are more favorable for practical applications, and the appropriate application scenarios are also identified. The proposed schemes enrich the choices for antenna selection system design for various feedback channel bandwidths and different requirements for quality of service.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4786463
Pages (from-to)1006-1016
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Antenna selection
  • Diversity
  • Fading channels
  • Space-time block code


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