Power-efficient wireless OFDMA using limited-rate feedback

Antonio G. Marques, Georgios B Giannakis, Fadel F. Dignam, F. Javier Ramos

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Emerging applications involving low-cost wireless sensor networks motivate well optimization of multi-user orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) in the power-limited regime. In this context, the present paper relies on limited-rate feedback (LRF) sent from the access point to terminals to minimize the total average transmit-power under individual average rate and error probability constraints. Along with the characterization of optimal bit, power and subcarrier allocation policies based on LRF, suboptimal yet simple schemes are developed for channel quantization. The novel algorithms proceed in two phases: (i) an off-line phase to construct the channel quantizer as well as the rate and power codcbooks with moderate complexity; and (ii) an on-line phase to obtain, based on quantized channel state information, the optimum, rate, power and user-subcarrier allocation with linear complexity. Numerical examples corroborate the analytical claims and reveal that significant power savings result even with suboptimal schemes based on practically affordable LRF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4450837
Pages (from-to)685-696
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008


  • Feedback communication
  • Frequency division multiaccess
  • Minimum energy control
  • Optimization methods
  • Quantization
  • Resource management

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