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Recent research activities in the area of mobile radio communications have moved to third generation (3G) cellular systems to achieve higher quality with variable transmission rate of multimedia information. In this paper, an overview is presented of various interference cancellation and iterative detection techniques that are believed to be suitable for 3G wireless communications systems. Key concepts are space-time processing and space-division multiple access (or SDMA) techniques. SDMA techniques are possible with software antennas. Furthermore, to reduce receiver implementation complexity, iterative detection techniques are considered. A particularly attractive method uses tentative hard decisions, made on the received positions with the highest reliability, according to some criterion, and can potentially yield an important reduction in the computational requirements of an iterative receiver, with minimum penalty in error performance. A study of the tradeoffs between complexity and performance loss of iterative multiuser detection techniques is a good research topic.


Published in Proceedings 2001 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, 2001.

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At the time of publication Robert H. Morelos-Zaragoza was not yet affiliated with San Jose State University.