The Korean Society of Marine Engineering
[ Original Paper ]
Journal of Advanced Marine Engineering and Technology - Vol. 46, No. 4, pp.196-203
ISSN: 2234-7925 (Print) 2765-4796 (Online)
Print publication date 31 Aug 2022
Received 15 Aug 2022 Revised 19 Aug 2022 Accepted 19 Aug 2022

Energy-efficient simultaneous wireless information and power transfer-enabled orthogonal multiple access under distributed antenna systems

Dongjae Kim1 ; Dong-Wook Seo
1Ph. D., Artificial Intelligence Convergence Research Center for Regional Innovation, Korea Maritime & Ocean University, Tel: +82-51-410-4427

Correspondence to: Professor, Division of Electronics and Electrical Information Engineering/Interdisciplinary Major of Maritime AI Convergence, Korea Maritime & Ocean University, 727, Taejong-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan, Korea, E-mail:, Tel: +82-51-410-4427

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The application of distributed antenna systems (DAS) to simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT)-enabled orthogonal multiple access (OMA) systems is a potential solution for improving the energy efficiency (EE) of next-generation wireless networks, including wireless sensor networks of the Internet of Things (IoT). In this paper, we propose a framework for applying single-selection DAS to the SWIPT-enabled OMA system and analyze the synergetic effects of SWIPT and DAS collaboration. Moreover, we jointly optimize the power allocation for OMA signals and power splitting (PS) ratio assignments for SWIPT in the DAS to maximize EE while satisfying the minimum harvested energy and data rate constraints. However, the EE maximization problem is nonconvex; thus, it is challenging to find the optimal solution analytically. To resolve this difficulty, we divide the optimization problem into subproblems and apply an iterative algorithm to find the optimal solution. Numerical results validate the theoretical findings and demonstrate that the proposed framework using SWIPT-enabled OMA in DAS achieves a higher EE than the existing SWIPT-OMA and sum-rate-optimized SWIPT-OMA-DAS.


Energy efficiency (EE), Simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT), Orthogonal multiple access (OMA), Distributed antenna system (DAS)

1. Introduction

Future communication systems will lead to an increase in energy consumption owing to the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), which supports numerous wireless devices. This will cause a rapid increase in research focused on energy consumption [1]. In many IoT scenarios, charging a wireless-device battery over a wired connection incurs significant operating costs. As a method to solve this problem, radio frequency (RF) energy harvesting (EH) is garnering attention, which is one of the technologies for improving the energy efficiency (EE) of IoT [2].

Wireless power transfer (WPT) is regarded as a promising technology for efficiently managing battery charging problems through a reliable power supply [3]-[6]. Recently, simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT), which simultaneously performs EH and information decoding (ID) from a single RF signal, has been studied as a future technology [7]. There are two types of SWIPT receiver structures: power splitting (PS) receivers and time switching (TS) receivers. The PS receiver divides the received signal into two streams by an appropriate ratio and uses them for EH and ID [8]. In contrast, the TS receiver performs EH and ID in different time slots [9]. Several studies have been performed under the assumption that SWIPT has a linear EH model. However, practical EH circuits typically exhibit nonlinear features owing to nonlinear components, such as diodes. Thus, the authors of [10] conducted a study on a nonlinear EH model for a more practical analysis.

However, SWIPT has a fatal disadvantage in that the energy transfer efficiency rapidly decreases with distance. A distributed antenna system (DAS) could be a solution to this transfer efficiency problem. In DAS, distributed antenna (DA) ports are geographically separated in the cell and connected to the base station (BS) via wired cables. DAS that are relatively close to celledge users can increase the throughput or reduce power consumption by cooperating with the BS [11]-[13]. Moreover, the authors of [14] proposed a method to maximize the EE of SWIPT through the application of DAS. Power allocation and PS control for the SWIPT-DAS system were optimized for composite fading channels [15] and imperfect channel state information (CSI) [16].

The contributions of this paper are as follows:

  • · This paper proposes a framework for applying single-selection DAS to a SWIPT-enabled orthogonal multiple access (OMA) system and analyzing the synergetic effects of SWIPT and DAS collaboration. The DA ports can help the ID and EH for cell-edge users to improve their EE.
  • · In terms of the EE, we jointly optimize the power allocation and PS control for the SWIPT-OMA signal when the DA port can support the cell-edge user. The optimization problem is divided into subproblems, and solutions of the subproblems can be found using a bisection method. Subsequently, an iterative algorithm is applied to find the joint optimal solution.
  • · The simulation results demonstrate that the proposed method can improve the EE more than the sum-rate maximized SWIPT-OMA-DAS or SWIPT-OMA, while ensuring the minimum rate and harvested energy constraints.

2. System model

This section presents the system model of SWIPT-enabled OMA with DAS. We then derive the EE with respect to the allocated power and PS ratios.

2.1 Multi-cell distributed antenna systems

As shown in Figure 1, we consider a multi-cell DAS, where (N + 1) DA ports including BS. Each DA port and the user are equipped with a single antenna, and the BS and (N) DA ports are indexed by n = 0,1, . . . , N. DAs have their own coverage and serve users only within the coverage, whereas the BS can transmit signals to all users in the cell. L cells surround the main cell and interfere with the users of the main cell and are indexed as l = 1, . . . , L. The transmit powers of the BS and DA are denoted as PBS and PDA, respectively. The total transmit power in the cell is P = PBS + NPDA. In this study, we consider a two-user scenario, in which the cell-center user is referred to as user 1 and the cell-edge user is referred to as user 2.

Figure 1:

System model for SWIPT-OMA with DAS

2.2 Channel model

In this study, we assumed a Rayleigh fading channel. The channel coefficient from DA i in cell l to user j in the target cell is denoted as hi,jl=di,jl-η2h~i,jl, where di,jl indicates the transmission distance; η denotes the path-loss exponent; and h~i,jl denotes the fast fading component with h~i,jl~CN(0,1). For simplicity, we drop the target cell index; that is, hi,jl=hi,j. The BS uses the channel gain to determine users 1 and 2 to satisfy |h0,1|2 ≤ |h0,2|2.

2.3 Nonlinear energy harvesting (EH) model

In this subsection, the nonlinear EH model is introduced. The RF-to-DC power conversion function can be modelled as [17]


where Pin and M denote the input power and maximum harvested power at the receiver, respectively. The constants a and b are determined by the EH circuit properties.

2.4 SWIPT-enabled OMA in DAS

Let xi,j be the data symbol transmitted from DA i to user j, and assume Exi,j2=1. The received signals can then be expressed as


where vj and wj represent the inter-cell interference and additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN), with CN(0, σw2) at user j ∈ {1,2}, respectively. Here, the interference to user j ∈ {1,2} from the L interfering cells can be derived as


where P1l and P2l represent the allocated power levels of the BS in interfering cell l, and PDAl denotes the allocated power of the DA in cell l. xi,jl corresponds to a transmitted symbol from cell l. As it is based on a single selection DAS, only one DA indexed by nl in cell l interferes with the target cell. Each user uses a PS receiver, which divides the received signal by the ratio α ∈ [0,1] and 1 − α and uses them for ID and EH, respectively. The signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) can be derived as follows:


where σv12 and σv22 denote the average powers of inter-cell interferences v1 and v2, respectively. These can be obtained as


As a result, the data rates achievable to users are given by

R1=γ log21+α1P1+r1PDAq1,(10) 

where γ ∈ (0,1) represents the portion used for user 1’s transmission in the total bandwidth B, whereas user 2 uses (1 − γ). Additionally, q1, q2, and r1 are defined as q1=σv12+σw2h0,12;q2=σv22+σw2h0,22; and r1=hn,12h0,12. Consequently, the sum-rate achieved by SWIPT-OMA in DAS is given by Rsum = R1 + R2. The harvested powers of users 1 and 2 are


The total power consumption of the system is defined as Ptotal = P1 + P2 + PDA + PCE1E2 , where PC denotes the circuit power consumed by the system circuit. EE can be defined as the ratio of the sum-rate to the total power consumption. Therefore, the EE of the system can be written as


3. Energy efficiency maximizing power allocation and PS ratio assignment algorithm

This section optimizes the power allocation and PS ratio control to maximize the EE. Because PBS = P1 + P2, the EE maximization problem can be expressed as follows:

s.t. minR1,R2Rmin,(15a) 
EjE-j for j1,2,(15b) 
0αj1 for j1,2,(15f) 

where P¯BS and P¯DA denote the maximum transmit powers of the BS and DA, respectively. Rmin refers to the minimum rate constraint, and E¯j denotes the minimum harvested energy requirement for user j.

3.1 Outage condition

In this subsection, we discuss the outage conditions for problem (15). Using (10)-(13), constraints (15a) and (15b) can be reexpressed as follows:


Thus, the conditions for the feasible region to be a nonempty set are as follows:




In Figure 2, the feasible regions of α1 and α2 are graphically represented. Equations (18)(21) constitute the boundaries of the region. An outage event occurs when a feasible region does not exist. Using this, we can state the following lemma:

Figure 2:

Graphical illustration of the feasible region

Lemma 1. The system becomes outage when the inequality t1 + t2 + s1 + s2 > Q holds.
Proof) As shown in Figure 2, the feasible region should satisfy t1Q-t2+s21-s1Q-t2+s2 and t2Q-t1+s11-s2Q-t1+s1 to avoid an outage event. Combining the above equations, t1 + t2 + s1 + s2Q. Therefore, the condition t1 + t2 + s1 + s2 > Q, causes an outage event.

3.2 Optimal power PS ratio control

In this subsection, we find that the optimal PS ratios maximizing the EE for a given power allocation of the BS and DA is fixed. The optimal α1* and α2* values are obtained sequentially for the other.

First, we obtain the optimal PS ratio for user 1. For a fixed value of α2, α1 should satisfy


where α1,min=t1P1+r1PDA, and α1,max=1-s1P1+v1PDA. Accordingly, the derivative gα1α1=λα1 can be derived as


Here gα1(α1) is a decreasing function. Similarly, for a given α1, gα2α2=λα2, and the constraint of α2 can also be derived as:


Where α2,min=t2P2, and α2,max=1-s2P2gα2α2 is also a decreasing function of α2. We can then find the optimal (α1*,α2*) by applying the bisection method, as summarized in Algorithm 1.

Optimal PS ratio assignment based on bisection method

3.3 Optimal power allocation

In this subsection, the optimal power allocation that maximizes the EE is described for the given PS ratios α1 and α2.

3.3.1 Optimal power allocation of base station

First, we obtain the optimal power allocation of the BS, that is, P1* and P2*. Similar to Subsection 3.1, g1P1=λP1, and the constraint of P1 can be derived as


where P1,min=maxt1α1-r1PDA,s11-α1-r1PDA,0,  and  P1,max=P-BS-P2. As g1P1 is a negative function of P1, the optimal P1* for a given P2 can be obtained by applying the bisection method.

The optimal P2* can be obtained in a similar manner. For a given P1, g2(P2) and the constraint of P2 are expressed as

g2P2=1Ptotal 21-γln2Ptotal P2+q2α2-Rsum 1-E2P2,(33) 

where P2,min=maxt2α2,s21-α2, and P2,max=P-BS-P1.

Thus, the optimal power allocation of BS, P1*  and  P2*, can be obtained via an iterative algorithm in a manner similar to that of Algorithm 1.

3.3.2 Optimal power allocation of distributed antenna

Finally, we focus on finding the optimal power allocation of the DA for given P1, P2, α1, and α2. The derivative gDAPDA=λPDA and the constraint of PDA are derived as

gDAPDA=1Ptotal 2γln2r1Ptotal P1+r1PDA+q1α1-Rsum 1-E1PDA,(35) 

where PDA,min=max1r1t1α1-P1,1r1s11-α1-P1,0. The optimal PDA* can also be obtained using the bisection method.

We now demonstrate the joint PS ratio control and power allocation, maximizing EE λ. In our design, we successively find the optimal power allocation and PS ratio when the other variables are fixed and apply an alternating algorithm to obtain a joint optimal solution. Algorithm 2 summarizes the overall algorithm for maximizing the EE of SWIPT-OMA in DAS. The proposed method does not ensure a global optimum because of the nonconvexity of the joint optimization problem but finds a local maximum. Therefore, we set Nt random initial points.

Joint optimal power allocation and PS ratio control

4. Numerical results

This section presents the numerical results of the proposed power allocation and PS ratio control for SWIPT-enabled OMA in DAS. We assume that the radii of the cell and local area of the DA are 20 m and 20/3 m, respectively. The bandwidth B = 5 MHz, γ = 0.5; noise variance σw2 = −90 dBm/Hz; minimum rate constraint Rmin = 0.4 bps/Hz; and circuit power PC = 1 W are used. Moreover, we assume N = 6; L = 6; Nt = 10 initial points; P-BS=10P-DA for the power budget, and E-1=E-2 = 10 mW for the minimum harvested energy requirement. For the nonlinear EH model, we use M = 24 mW; a = 150; and b = 0.014 [10]. For user locations, the cell-center user is uniformly distributed within a circle with a normalized cell radius of 0.3, and the cell-edge user is uniformly distributed within the area between the inner circle with a normalized cell radius of 0.7 and the outer circle with a normalized cell radius of 1.0. To verify the performance of the proposed method, it is compared with the following schemes.

- SWIPT-OMA: SWIPT is used, but DAS does not consider the OMA method. The BS has a power budget P and serves two users with appropriate power allocation.

- Rate-max SWIPT-OMA-DAS: This is a method of determining resource allocation to maximize the sum-rate rather than EE in the SWIPT-OMA-DAS environment. Therefore, in this method, both the BS and DA use the maximum transmit power; that is, PBS=P-BS, and PDA=P-DA.

Figure 3 illustrates the impacts of the number of initial points, Nt, on EE performance. When there are more than seven initial points, the proposed method exhibits an almost converged performance, which is close to the global optimum. Therefore, we set Nt = 10 for the simulation.

Figure 3:

Impact of Nt on EE

In Figure 4, an EE performance comparison for different power budgets is presented. It is evident that the proposed method outperforms the other methods in all ranges of P. This indicates that using DAS is beneficial in terms of EE. Because the proposed method and ‘SWIPT-OMA’ are methods for maximizing EE, the performance increases as P increases. However, the graph of ‘Rate-max SWIPT-OMA-DAS’ has a tendency to increase and then decrease. The power allocation and PS ratios of ‘Rate-max SWIPT-OMA-DAS’ are obtained to maximize the sum rate, which increases as P grows. This means that the gain in the acquired data rate decreases compared to the increase in power consumption.

Figure 4:

EE comparison for different P

Figure 5 presents a comparison of the average PS ratio for different power budgets. In all the methods, the PS ratio of user 2, which has a relatively large channel gain, has a larger value than that of user 1. Here, α values of ‘Rate-max SWIPT-OMA-DAS’ are higher than those of the other schemes. This is because maximum power is devoted to the ID to maximize the sum-rate. In addition, it is evident that the proposed method has higher alpha than ‘SWIPT-OMA’ because DAS allows additional power to be invested in ID.

Figure 5:

Average α comparison for different P

Figure 6 presents a performance comparison of the EE as the minimum harvested energy requirement, E-=E-1=E-2, when the power budget P = 20W. It is evident that the performance of the proposed method is superior to that of the other comparative methods. Because EH is performed more efficiently by applying DAS, it exhibits high performance even for large E-.

Figure 6:

EE comparison for different E-

5. Conclusion

In this paper, we proposed an energy-efficient method for SWIPT-OMA-DAS under a nonlinear EH model. We found that applying DAS to the SWIPT-OMA system could greatly improve EH and energy efficiency. In the proposed system, the optimal power allocation and PS ratio control for maximizing the energy efficiency while satisfying both the minimum EH and data rate constraints were presented. The numerical results demonstrated that the energy efficiency of the SWIPT-OMA system was improved by applying DAS.


This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2021R1A6A3A01087324, 2021R1I1A3044405).

Author Contributions

Conceptualization, D. Kim and D. -W. Seo; Methodology, D. Kim; Software, D. Kim; Validation, D. Kim and D. -W. Seo; Formal Analysis, D. Kim; Investigation, D. Kim; Resources, D. Kim; Data Curation, D. Kim; Writing—Original Draft Preparation, D. Kim; Writing—Review & Editing, D. -W. Seo; Visualization, D. Kim; Supervision, D. -W. Seo; Project Administration, D. -W. Seo; Funding Acquisition, D. Kim and D. -W. Seo.


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Figure 1:

Figure 1:
System model for SWIPT-OMA with DAS

Figure 2:

Figure 2:
Graphical illustration of the feasible region

Figure 3:

Figure 3:
Impact of Nt on EE

Figure 4:

Figure 4:
EE comparison for different P

Figure 5:

Figure 5:
Average α comparison for different P

Figure 6:

Figure 6:
EE comparison for different E-

Algorithm 1:

Optimal PS ratio assignment based on bisection method

Set ε, ε1, and ε2 as stopping criterions
Initialize λ(0) = 0 and (α1, α2) satisfying (18)-(21)
While λ(n+1)λ(n) > ε do
For j = 1,2 do
  aj = αj,min and bj = αj,max
  If gαj (aj) < 0 then αj = aj
  Else if gαj (bj) > 0 then αj = bj
   While bjaj > εj do
    μj = (aj + bj)/2
    If gαj (μj) > 0 then aj = μj
    Else bj = μj
 Compute λ(n)
nn + 1

Algorithm 2:

Joint optimal power allocation and PS ratio control

For i = 1 ∶ Nt do
 Set ε as a stopping criterion
 Initialize λ(0) = 0 and (P1, P2, PDA, α1, α2) satisfying (18)-(21)
While λ(n+1)λ(n) > ε do
 Update P1 and P2 using the Algorithm 1
 Update PDA applying bisection method to (35) and (36)
 Update α1 and α2 using the Algorithm 1
 Compute λ(n)
nn + 1
Select (P1, P2, PDA, α1, α2) which achieve the maximum λ