CDMA systems in fading channels: admissibility, network capacity, and power control

Junshan Zhang, Edwin K.P. Chong

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We study the admissibility and network capacity of imperfect power-controlled Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA) systems with linear receivers in fading environments. In a CDMA system, a set of users is admissible if their simultaneous transmission does not result in violation of any of their Quality-of-Service (QoS) requirements; the network capacity is the maximum number of admissible users. We consider a single-cell imperfect power-controlled CDMA system, assuming known received power distributions. We identify the network capacities of single-class systems with matched-filter (MF) receivers for both the deterministic and random signature cases. We also characterize the network capacity of single-class systems with linear Minimum-Mean-Square-Error (MMSE) receivers for the deterministic signature case. The network capacities can be expressed uniquely in terms of the users' signal-to-interference ratio (SIR) requirements and received power distributions. For multiple-class systems equipped with MF receivers, we find a necessary and sufficient condition on the admissibility for the random signature case, but only a sufficient condition for the deterministic signature case. We also introduce the notions of effective target SIR and effective bandwidth, which are useful in determining the admissibility and hence network capacity of an imperfect power-controlled system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)962-981
Number of pages20
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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