The theoretical bandwidth advantage of CDMA over FDMA in a gaussian MAC

Biao Chen, Peter Willett

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Abstract

We develop an expression for the minimum extra bandwidth needed for a frequency-division multiple-access (FDMA) system to outperform its code-division (CDMA) counterpart uniformly (that is, for all rate n-tuples) in a Gaussian multiple-access channel (MAC). For equalpower sources, the behavior of this factor is as an iterated logarithm of the number of users; hence it increases slowly yet is unbounded. Asymmetric power cases are also studied and it was shown that the equal power scenario provides the least bandwidth expansion factor assuming constant constraint on total power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2046-2053
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CDMA
  • Capacity region
  • FDMA
  • MAC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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