ECE 4243 - Wireless Communications - Fall 2009

Course Description:

This course will cover the physical-layer design issues in wireless communication systems. The major topics covered are: characterization of the multipath propagation channel; digital modulation techniques over wireless channels; diversity reception, including the linear combining and channel equalization; basic concepts of cellular communications, such as cell splitting and frequency reuse; FDMA, TDMA, CDMA/WCDMA, and OFDM/OFDMA multiple access techniques for spectrum sharing among users.


Communication systems is the required prerequisites for this course. You will also be expected to be able to program in MATLAB.

Text Books

Andrea Goldsmith. Wireless Commununications. Cambridge. 2005.

D. Tse and P. Viswanath. Fundamentals of Wireless Communication. Cambridge. 2005.



The final exam will be taken on December 14th, 15:00 to 18:00, in room 26310.

It will cover topics such as diversity techniques, multiple antennas (beamforming/space-time codes/spatial multiplexing), frequency diversity via single carrier/spread-spectrum/OFDM, multiple access and interference management in cellular systems, and trade-offs among cellular standards (GSM, 1x CDMA (IS-95), Flash OFDM, 1x EV-DO).

Last modified: Sat Nov 28, 2009