Peak to Average Power Ratio Reduction in Single Carrier OFDMA Systems

Document Type : Original Article


1 Teach. Assist., MTI University.

2 Prof. Dr., Helwan University.

3 Associate Prof. Dr., Helwan University.


Single carrier frequency division multiple access (SC-FDMA) which utilizes single carrier modulation at the transmitter and frequency domain equalization at the receiver is a technique that has similar performance and essentially the same overall structure as those of an OFDMA system. One prominent advantage over OFDMA is that the SC-FDMA signal has lower peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR). SC-FDMA has drawn great attention as an attractive alternative to OFDMA, especially in the uplink communications where lower PAPR greatly benefits the mobile terminal in terms of the transmit power efficiency. SC-FDMA is currently a working assumption for the uplink multiple access scheme in 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE). To achieve low PAPR, a novel scheme, SC-OFDMA with super frame using intermediate mapping (SF-IFDMA), is proposed in this paper. In our proposed scheme, B frames with N subcarriers will be combined into one super frame, then SC-OFDM technique is applied to reduce the PAPR of the super frame, the super frame with lowered PAPR will finally be divided into B OFDM frames for the transmission. The combining and dividing process is equivalent to the concatenation process. The proposed scheme requires no side information and can significantly reduce PAPR while maintaining small number of subcarriers.