Improved-performance noncoherent weighted-coefficients diversity combiner for DPSK and NC-FSK signals in nonidentical Nakagami fading channels Academic Article uri icon


  • It is well-known that noncoherent equal-gain combining (NC-EGC) is the simplest combining technique for noncoherent and differentially coherent communication systems. However, for nonidentical Nakagami-m channels (channels having nonuniform multipath intensity profile (MIP) and/or arbitrary non-integer fading parameters), the use of NC-EGC has three main disadvantages. First, its performance serves as a lossy upper bound to that of the optimum diversity combiner. Second, it results in complicated expressions for the system average error performance. Third, it incurs noncoherent combining loss (does not aid the use of diversity) at relatively low average signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). In this letter, we propose a modified version of the NC-EGC, which is a noncoherent combiner with weighting coefficients, to overcome the disadvantages of the conventional one. We show that this alternative combiner does provide improvements over the conventional N.C-EGC for all values of average SNRs, it does not incur any noncoherent combining loss, and it leads to a design of the receiver whose average error performance can be evaluated easily.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Communications Letters

author list (cited authors)

  • Radaydeh, R. M., & Matalgah, M. M.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Radaydeh, RM||Matalgah, MM

publication date

  • January 2006