Space-time coding techniques with bit-interleaved coded modulations for MIMO block-fading channels

Nicolas Gresset, Loïc Brunel, Joseph Boutros

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The space-ime bit-interleaved coded modulation (ST-BICM) is an efficient technique to obtain high diversity and coding gain on a block-fading multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) channel. Its maximum-likelihood (ML) performance is computed under ideal interleaving conditions, which enables a global optimization taking into account channel coding. Thanks to a diversity upper bound derived from the Singleton bound, an appropriate choice of the time dimension of the space-time coding is possible, which maximizes diversity while minimizing complexity. Based on the analysis, an optimized interleaver and a set of linear precoders, called dispersive nucleo algebraic (DNA) precoders are proposed. The proposed precoders have good performance with respect to the state of the art and exist for any number of transmit antennas and any time dimension. With turbo codes, they exhibit a frame error rate which does not increase with frame length.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2156-2178
Number of pages23
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008



  • Bit-interleaved coded modulation
  • Interleaving
  • Multiple-antenna channels
  • Singleton bound
  • Space-time coding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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