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A Peak Power Efficient Cooperative Diversity Using Star-QAM Koji Ishibashi∗† , Won-Yong Shin∗ , Hyo Seok Yi∗ , and Hideki Ochiai‡ ∗ School

of Engineering and Applied Science Harvard University, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA † Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Shizuoka University, 3-5-1 Johoku, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, 432-8561, Japan ‡ Div. of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering Yokohama National University, 79-5 Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 240-8501, Japan Abstract—In this paper, we propose a new simple relaying strategy with bit-interleaved convolutionally coded star quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM). Star-QAM is composed of multiple concentric circles of phase-shift keying (PSK). Exploiting this property, a hard limiter is used to enhance power amplifier (PA) efficiency at a relay. We analyze our proposed cooperation in terms of asymptotic pairwise error probability (PEP) and show that it can achieve the full diversity order conditioned on that the minimum free distance dfree of the convolutional codes is large enough. Finally, theoretical results and effectiveness of PA efficiency are confirmed by computer simulations. Index Terms—cooperative diversity, power Amplifier (PA) Efficiency, amplify-and-forward (AF), star quadrature amplitude modulation (star-QAM), amplitude-and-phase shift keying (APSK)

I. I NTRODUCTION In recent years, an introduction of cooperative diversity techniques has resuscitated the interest in relay communications, which had been actively explored in several decades ago [1]. Due to its simple relay functionality, non-regenerative cooperation such as amplify-and-forward (AF) relaying has been studied in the literature [2, 3]. Compared with regenerative cooperation such as decode-and-forward (DF) relaying, neither demodulation nor decoding is needed at the relay in AF relaying since the relay only re-transmits the scaled or amplified version of the received signals. AF relaying is considered as a beneficial cooperative technique in most cooperation scenarios since cooperative communications essentially consume the batteries of other users. However, in AF relaying, the output signals of the relay have high instantaneous power compared with those of DF relaying. The power amplifier (PA) typically exhibits nonlinear characteristics as the signal input power approaches its saturation region, and this nonlinear amplification not only causes inband distortion but also yields out-of-band radiation which results in the adjacent channel interference (ACI). Hence, in order to avoid this nonlinear distortion effect, the PA should be operated with a large input back-off (IBO), which considerably degrades PA efficiency. Therefore, AF relaying is no longer favorable in view of the PA efficiency compared to DF relaying and thus DF relaying can be considered as more beneficial choice in practice [4]. In order to further reduce the

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complexity at the relay, the use of detect-and-forward (DetF) is an effective option since the only demodulation is needed at the relay [5]. However, when the source employs a higher order modulation such as square-shaped quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) in order to increase the bandwidth efficiency, the relay again suffers from a higher instantaneous power because of its amplitude variation even with DetF relaying [6]. To overcome this problem, the peak power reducing constellation shaping [7] can be employed at the source. This technique, however, requires additional complexity at both source and destination. In this paper, we propose a new simple relaying strategy with bit-interleaved convolutionally coded star-QAM. The Star-QAM is composed of multiple concentric circles of phase-shift keying (PSK) and is also known as an amplitude and phase shift keying (APSK) [8]. Exploiting this unique property, the relay suppresses the amplitude variation of the received signals by using a hard limiter [9] and transmits the resulting PSK signals. This reduction of amplitude can be interpreted as simply puncturing transmitted coded bits and also does not increase the decoding complexity at the destination. Hence, it is worth noting that, the complexity of our proposed approach is comparable to that of AF relaying rather than DetF relaying since neither demodulation nor decoding is required during relaying process. Furthermore, our proposed approach does not require any channel state information (CSI) while AF relaying still requires the knowledge of envelope of CSI. This paper is organized as follows. In Section II, we briefly describe a system model and the three relay functions; AF, DetF, and proposed relaying. In Section III, an asymptotic pairwise error probability (PEP) of our proposed approach is analyzed to show that it can achieve the full diversity order conditioned on that the minimum free distance dfree of the convolutional codes is large enough. Based on the derived result, its design criteria are presented. In Section IV, theoretical results and effectiveness of PA efficiency are confirmed by computer simulations. Finally, Section VI concludes this work. Notation: Throughout this paper, Ex [·] and | · | denote statistical expectation over random variable x and the magnitude of a complex variable or the cardinality of a set, respectively.


noise (AWGN) with variance σ 2 , and Hsr and Hsd are the corresponding complex fading coefficients of the sourcerelay and source-destination links, respectively. All the fading coefficients are assumed to be uncorrelated and circularlysymmetric complex Gaussian random variables with zero mean and unit variance and also constant during transmission of each codeword. After observing Ysr (k), the relay generates the new transmitted complex signal Z(k) according to a given relay function f : Y (k) → Z(k), which is expressed as



A1 Re

Z(k) = f (Y (k)). Fig. 1.

Complex signal constellation of 16-ary star-QAM.

II. S YSTEM M ODEL A. Cooperative Relaying Model In this paper, we consider a network consisting of three terminals denoted as source, relay, and destination. Each terminal is equipped with a single antenna and the relay is subject to the half-duplex constraint. That is, we assume that while listening to the channel, the relay may not transmit. In the first phase, the source broadcasts its own data to the relay and the destination. Binary information is encoded by a convolutional encoder with the minimum free distance dfree and then is bitwise interleaved. The effect of bitwise interleaver can be modeled by the mapping t → (k, i), where t = 1, 2, · · · , N denotes the original index of coded bit ct ∈ {0, 1}, and k = 1, 2, · · · , N and i ∈ {1, 2, · · · , m} denote the index of a complex signal X(k) and the position of ct in the label of X(k), respectively. Each m-tuple of the bitwise interleaver outputs at the time instant k is mapped onto the symbol X(k) ∈ X according to Gray mapping, where X denotes a set of complex signal points with |X | = 2m . Note that the transmitted symbols are assumed to have unit average energy E[|X(k)|2 ] = 1. Throughout the paper, we consider a star-QAM constellation. Star-QAM is composed of 2(m−n) concentric circles of 2n -ary PSK. A radius of the ith circle is given by  2m−n i (1) Ai = α 2(m−n) −1 , αi i=0 where i = 0, 1, · · · , 2(m−n) − 1. The parameter α is referred to as a ring ratio [8, 10]. In the following, we consider the case m = 4 and n = 3 for simplicity. In this case, the signal constellation is the 16-ary star-QAM as shown in Fig. 1. We assume that α = 2.0 as a typical value for the 16-ary starQAM [11]. The received signals at the relay and the destination in the first phase are given by  Ysr (k) = E H X(k) + Nr (k) (2)  s sr Ysd (k) = Es Hsd X(k) + Nd (k), (3) where Es is the average transmit energy of the source, Nr (k) and Nd (k) are independent complex additive white Gaussian


This signal will be transmitted to the destination in the second phase. It is assumed that Z(k) is linearly scaled to have a zero mean and unit variance, i.e., E[|Z(k)|2 ] = 1. The received signal at the destination in the second phase is given by  Yrd (k) = Er Hrd Z(k) + Nd (k), (5) where Er is the average transmit energy of the relay, Nd (k) is complex AWGN with variance σ 2 , independent of Nr (k) and Nd (k), and Hrd is the complex fading coefficient of the relay-destination link. In the first phase, the average signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) at both the relay and the destination is given by Es /N0 , where N0 is one-sided power spectral density of the AWGN. Similarly, the SNR at the destination is given by Er /N0 in the second phase. In practice, the nearby terminals are easier to cooperate than those located apart. To model this proximity, the average received signal power at the relay in the first phase is assumed to be G dB higher than at the destination and thus is given by Es /N0 + G. B. Conventional Relaying 1) Amplify-and-Forward (AF) Relay: When the channel coefficient between the source and the relay is available ideally at the relay, a variable AF relay can be used [2]. The relay function of AF relay is given by  1 f (Y (k)) = GAF × Y (k), GAF  , (6) 2 + σ2 Hsr In the case of AF relaying, neither demodulation nor decoding is needed at the relay since the relay only re-transmits the amplified version of the received signals. However, in the AF relaying, the output signals of the relay may have high instantaneous power due to its noise enhancement nature [4]. 2) Detect-and-Forward (DetF) Relay: In the case of DetF relaying, the relay detects the received signal and transmits the regenerated signals. Hence, the relay function of this relaying can be given by f (Y (k)) = argmin |Y (k) − Hsr (k)Z(k)|2 .



Although the instantaneous power distribution of the relay becomes identical with that of the source, the relay may suffer from its high instantaneous power due to the variation of amplitude of signals as mentioned above.


C. Proposed Relaying


To reduce the high power signals, we propose a new simple relaying technique using a hard limiter [9] whose complexity is comparable to that of AF relaying. After observation of signals, the relay uses the hard limiter to suppress the amplitude variation of received signals and then transmits this signal with constant envelope. This relaying can be mathematically written by f (Y (k)) = ejφk .


where φk denotes the angle of the kth received signal. After the hard limitation, the constellation of 2m -ary star-QAM can be considered as that of 2n -ary PSK because of loss of the amplitude information. Hereinafter, let M denote a set of complex PSK signal points with |M| = 2n and unit average energy, which corresponds to circles of starQAM constellation. Also, note that the coding rate should be less than one after the amplitude compression in order to obtain diversity gain since this operation can be interpreted as puncturing coded bits1 .

In this section, we analyze an asymptotic PEP of the proposed approach to show that our proposed approach can achieve the full diversity (i.e., diversity order of two). A code rate R convolutional encoder with minimum free distance dfree is assumed to generate the binary code sequence c at the source. If the bitwise interleaver is ideal, the PEP of two codewords c and ˜ c conditioned on Hsr , Hrd , Hsd can be expressed by [13] ⎡ ⎤

Pr(c → ˜ c|Hsr , Hrd , Hsd ) ≤ Pr ⎣ λict (k) ≥ λic˜t (k)⎦ . t,dfree

(12) As mentioned in the previous section, the suppression of amplitude bits can be considered as puncturing coded bits. From this observation, we assume that the amplitude of starQAM is fixed at A0 and consider a new (virtually punctured) codeword c with minimum free distance dfree ≥ dfree , which is assumed to be transmitted by phase bits. Then, the above PEP can be further bounded by Pr(c → ˜ c|Hsr , Hrd , Hsd ) ≤ Pr(c → c˜ |Hsr , Hrd , Hsd ) ⎡ ⎤

≤ Pr ⎣ λict (k, 1) ≥ λic˜ t (k, 1)⎦ . (13)

D. Diversity Combining at the Destination In the first phase, the bit metric for the ith bit in the label of X(k) is given by λict (k, 1) = min

i ˆ X∈X ct

   ˆ2 , |Ysd (k) − Es Hsd X|


Then, this PEP can be rewritten by

where i = 1, 2, · · · , m and denotes the subset of all symbols X ∈ X whose label has the value b ∈ {0, 1} in the ith position. In the second phase, the bit metric for the ith bit in the label of Z(k) is given by i ˆ Z∈M ct




λict (k, 2) = min


   ˆ2 , |Yrd (k) − Er Hrd ejψ Z|


where i = 1, 2, · · · , n, ψ indicates the angle of the channel coefficient Hsr , and Mib denotes the subset of all symbols Z ∈ M whose label has the value b ∈ {0, 1} in the ith position. Finally, the calculated bit metrics are combined as  λict (k, 1) + λict (k, 2) for i = 1, 2, · · · , n λict (k) = λict (k, 1) otherwise. (11) These calculated metrics are passed to Viterbi decoder to retrieve the original information bit sequence. Note that we here omit the explanation of metric calculation for conventional approaches but details are given in [3]. 1 In this sense, the position of label to map each coded bit should be carefully chosen since this clearly affects the overall performance, similar to the punctured convolutional code [12]

Pr(c → c˜ |Hsr , Hrd , Hsd ) ⎤ ⎡ 2

(Es A2 |Hsd |2 + Er |ejψ Hrd |2 ) 1 d 0 ⎦ ≤ exp ⎣− min 2 4 σ2  k,d 

2  free 1 d d (Es A20 |Hsd |2 + Er |Hrd |2 ) , = exp − min free × 2 4 σ2 (14) where dmin denotes the minimum Euclidean distance of signal constellation M. Averaging all the channel coefficients, we get Pr(c → c˜ ) ≤ 


Es 2 A20 d2 free dmin N0


Er 2 2 + d2 free dmin N0


(15) From (15), the proposed cooperation can achieve the diversity order of two subject to the following two conditions: (a) Coded bits should be carefully allocated to amplitude bits to obtain the large minimum free distance dfree after amplitude suppression. (b) Coding rate at the source should be carefully chosen. After the amplitude suppression at the relay, the resulting coding rate should be less than one. Clearly, the above statements can be considered as the design criteria of our proposed cooperation.


IV. N UMERICAL E XAMPLES In this section, we evaluate the performance of our proposed approach by computer simulations. We first introduce the baseband signal model and complementary cumulative distribution function (CCDF) of its signal instantaneous power and then define a relative IBO gain to evaluate PA efficiency. Then, we show the performance comparison in terms of bit error rate (BER) without considering the effect of PA. Afterwards, we investigate the performances of the three different cooperative approaches in the presence of IBO of PA. A. Preliminaries 1) CCDF of Instantaneous Power: To consider the effect of PA efficiency, it is essential to investigate the distribution of the instantaneous power. Therefore, we here introduce the baseband signal model with the pulse shaping filter, following the notations used in [4]. Let s(τ ; H) indicate a complex baseband signal at the relay with the  arbitrary fading realization H, ∞ which is denoted as s(τ ; H)  k=−∞ Z(k)g(k + τ ), where τ is continuous time scale normalized by its symbol period, 0 ≤ τ < 1, and g(τ ) is the impulse response of the pulse shaping filter with unit average energy [6]. For a given time instant τ ∈ [0, 1) and fading coefficient H, the probability that the instantaneous power p(τ ; H) = |s(τ ; H)|2 is below a given level z, or the cumulative distribution function (CDF) of p(τ ; H), is expressed as 2

Fp (z; τ, H)  Pr[p(τ ; H) < z] = Pr[|s(τ ; H)| < z]. (16) The probability that p(τ ; H) exceeds a given level z is given by Γp (z; τ, H)  1 − Fp (z; τ, H), where Γp (z; τ, H) is the CCDF of p(τ ; H). Our main interest is the average statistical behavior of instantaneous power at the relay through sufficiently long observation interval rather than that at a particular time instant τ and fading coefficient H. Therefore, considering the cyclostationarity of the pulse-shaped signals, we use the time-averaged CCDF defined as follows;

 1  Γp (z)  EH Γp (z; τ, H)dτ . (17) 0

B. Threshold Peak Power and IBO From the above observations, the signal instantaneous power can be characterized as a probabilistic variable. We here associate the peak power with its occurring probability. For a given (sufficiently) small probability , we define the threshold peak power zmax at Γp (zmax ) = . If the input signal power (voltage) is kept less than the threshold peak power by reducing the average power, the amplification process would not yield out-of-band radiation (i.e., bandwidth regrowth) in principle. Hereinafter, we use the threshold peak power zmax at  = 10−3 and define this threshold peak power as a required IBO. We also define the relative IBO gain as follows. While the transmit signals at the source requires an arbitrary IBO, (s) zmax , to avoid a nonlinear distortion, the relay also requires (r) an arbitrary IBO, zmax , according to the given relay function.

Fig. 2. BER Performance of three different cooperative communications; AF, DetF, and proposed cooperation, where the average received signal power at the relay is assumed 10 dB or 20 dB higher than that at the destination.

The difference of threshold peak power between the source and the relay provides the relative IBO gain, which results in the increase (or decrease) of the average power Er at the relay. z (r) Es . Namely, it is denoted as Er = max (s) zmax

C. BER Comparison without IBO Effects We start with the BER comparison without IBO effects. The covolutional code is assumed to be half rate (133, 171)8 with dfree = 10 and a block interleaver is used, which meet all the design criteria provided in Section III. The information size is 2 048 bits and the ring ratio α of star-QAM is assumed to be 2.0 as a typical value. In practice, the nearby terminals are easier to cooperate than those located apart. To model this proximity, we assume that the average received signal power at the relay is assumed 10 dB or 20 dB higher than that at the destination and this geometrical gain is denoted as G in the following. Figure 2 shows the BER performance of the above mentioned three cooperative transmissions where Eb is the average received energy per information bit. From the figure, the AF cooperation always provides the superior performance to the other cooperation techniques since AF cooperation can exploit all the information included in all the received signals. On the other hand, especially in the case of G = 10 dB, the performances of both the DetF and proposed approaches are significantly degraded because of the presence of the noise at the relay. However, in the case of G = 20 dB, the performances almost converge and achieve the diversity order of two. D. Performance Comparison with IBO Effects We further show the BER performances in the presence of IBO effects. In the following, the root raised-cosine (RRC) pulse with a roll-off factor γ is assumed for g(τ ) [6]. To calculate CCDFs, 1 000 000 symbols are randomly generated and averaged in each Monte-Carlo simulation.


mances of AF, DetF, and the proposed relays in the presence of relative IBO gain at the relay. Interestingly, the performance of the proposed approach is always superior to that of the other relays when the PA efficiency is considered because of effective reduction of instantaneous high power signals. The performance gain of our proposed approach becomes about 2.4 dB and 0.4 dB compared with AF and DetF cooperation at BER = 10−3 , respectively.

Fig. 3. CCDF performances of three relaying techniques; AF, DetF (16-ary star-QAM), and proposed relaying (8PSK) where roll-off factor γ = 0.4 and the SNR at the relay is assumed to be 10 dB and 20 dB.

V. C ONCLUSIONS In this paper, we proposed the power efficient relaying strategy with bit-interleaved convolutionally coded star-QAM. Based on the asymptotic PEP analysis, the design criteria of our proposed approach were investigated. Theoretical results and effectiveness of PA efficiency were confirmed by computer simulations. It is worth noting that this approach has the capability of the use of the differential detection at the destination [14] and it would simplify the detector and decoder at the destination. Also, the optimal design of ring ratio is our important future work. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This work was supported in part by KAKENHI (21760284) and in part by the Strategic Information and Communications R&D Promotion Programme (SCOPE), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan.


Fig. 4. BER performance of the three different cooperative communications in the presence of IBO effects where the average received signal power at the relay is assumed 20 dB higher than that at the destination.

Figure 3 shows the average CCDFs of AF, DetF (16-ary star QAM), and the proposed relaying (8PSK) where γ = 0.4 and the SNR between the source and relay is assumed to be 10 dB or 20 dB. As observed from the figure, 8PSK exhibits the lower CCDF curve than that of 16-ary star-QAM. On the other hand, AF relaying has much higher instantaneous power than that of the other relay due to the noisy characteristic of transmit signals before the pulse shaping filter. Thus, the higher the SNR between the source and relay, the more rapidly the CCDF curve of the variable gain AF relay drops because of the diminution of noisy components. From the figure, their IBOs can be observed as 2.95 dB, 4.57 dB, 6.57 dB, and 8.71 dB for 8PSK, 16-ary star-QAM, AF relay at 10 dB, and AF relay at 20 dB, respectively. If the source is assumed to use 16-ary star-QAM, relative IBO gains can be given by 1.62 dB and −4.14 dB for proposed and AF relays, respectively. Note that we calculate relative IBO gain of AF relay at SNR=10 dB to sufficiently mitigate the nonlinear distortion at the PA. From the above observations, Fig. 4 shows the BER perfor-

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