Rateless coding for MIMO fading channels: Performance limits and code construction

Yijia Richard Fan, Lifeng Lai, Elza Erkip, H. Vincent Poor

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In this letter the performance limits and design principles of rateless codes over fading channels are studied. The diversity-multiplexing tradeoff (DMT)is used to analyze the system performance for all possible transmission rates. It is revealed from the analysis that the design of such rateless codes follows the design principle of approximately universal codes for multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) channels. It is also shown that for a single-input single-output (SISO) channel, simple permutation codes of unit length for parallel channels can be transformed directly into rateless codes that achieve the DMT performance limit of the channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5441348
Pages (from-to)1288-1293
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Block fading channels
  • MIMO
  • Rateless codes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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