Sacchi, Claudio and Conci, Nicola and Berlanda Scorza, Giovanni and De Natale, Francesco G.B. (2004) Multi-Carrier Code Division Multiplexing of Multi-Layered MPEG4 Video Signals for Real-time Mobile Streaming Applications. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)
In this report, a novel methodology for the efficient multiplexing and transmission of MPEG4- coded video signals over wireless networks will be presented and discussed. The proposed approach relies on the joint exploitation of variable-bit-rate (VBR) multicarrier code-division multiplexing (MC-CDM), together with MPEG4 coding with Fine-Grain-Scalability (FGS) in order to provide unequal error protection to the transmitted video stream.The innovative scheme proposed employs a shared bandwidth partitioned into orthogonal sub-channels in order to multiplex different layers of MPEG-4-coded signals. The highest number of sub-channels (and hence an increased frequency diversity) is assigned to the lowest-bit-rate base layer and the lowest number of sub-channels is assigned to the highest bit-rate enhancement layer. In such a way, base layer information contents are more protected against channel degradations than information contained in FGS enhancement layers, which can only yield a refinement of the quality of the decoded streams. A 2GHz LEO multicast satellite transmission to mobile users has been regarded as the application testbed for the proposed method. Results achieved in terms of PSNR point out that the VBR MC-CDM technique can provide better results than a conventional MPEG-4 single-layer MC-SS transmission.In the framework of a full-digital implementation of reconfigurable multimedia transceivers, the proposed VBR MC-CDM technique may be regarded as an interesting solution for reliable multimedia transmissions in mobile environments.
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