Non-Coherent MIMO Scheme Based on OFDM-MFSK

Evgeny Tsimbalo, Robert Piechocki, Andrew Nix, Paul Thomas

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We propose a non-coherent transmission system based on orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) for low-power applications. The proposed system uses M-ary frequency shift keying (MFSK) and employs two transmitting and two receiving antennas, with encoding across the space, frequency and time domains. For the resulting scheme, we develop a novel optimal non-coherent detector that produces soft bit information for a state-of-the-art error correction decoder. The proposed solution eliminates the need for channel knowledge and enables a simple receiver structure. Simulation results demonstrate an up to 8 dB coding gain of the proposed scheme over single-antenna OFDM-MFSK. When compared with coherent systems based on OFDM and binary phase shift keying (BPSK), the designed scheme offers a receiver sensitivity gain of 9 dB and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-409
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications Letters
Issue number3
Early online date27 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • OFDM
  • MFSK
  • MIMO
  • non-coherent detection


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