Cooperative receive diversity for coded GFSK body-area communications

J. Dong*, D. B. Smith

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    Performance of cooperative communications receive diversity, with relays, for the everyday body-area-network (BAN) radio channel is determined, based on extensive BAN measurements. In accordance with an option for physical layer transmission in the IEEE 802.15.6 BAN draft standard, BCH-coded Gaussian frequency-shift keying (GFSK) modulation is considered at 2.4GHz carrier frequency. Large improvements over single-link communications are demonstrated with the use of one and two on-body relays, with cooperative selection combining and maximum-ratio combining. The importance of careful relay placement is also demonstrated.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1098-1100
    Number of pages3
    JournalElectronics Letters
    Issue number19
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2011


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