Chapter 10

Space-Time Block Codes

B. Sundar Rajan,    Department of ECE, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, India


This chapter provides a tutorial overview of important aspects of space-time block codes (STBCs). After describing the necessary preliminaries it deals with STBCs with low maximum-likelihood (ML) decoding complexity. Multi-group low ML decoding complexity decodable codes are discussed along with their encoding complexity. STBCs simultaneously offering both full-rate and full-diversity that are constructed from algebraic structures are presented. Important aspects of the class of perfect STBCs including the recent constructions are discussed followed by a discussion on the important ...

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