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1. (WO2007004019) APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED METHOD, FOR ALLOCATING COMMUNICATIONS IN A MULTI-CHANNEL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
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We Claim:
1. Apparatus for a sending station operable pursuant to a multi-channel
communication scheme to send representations of data bits upon a first communication channel and at least a second communication channel, said apparatus comprising:
a coder adapted to receive the data bits, said coder for coding the data bits at a selected code rate into coded form;
a selector adapted to secure indications of channel state information related to at least one of the first and at least second channels, said selector for selecting the communication allocation to each of the first and at least second channels upon which to communicate selected portions of the representations of the data, selection made by said selector of the selected code rate at which said coder codes the data bits together with a selected power level and a selected modulation level.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said coder comprises a binary coder and wherein the coded form into which said coder codes the data bits according to the selected coding scheme comprises a binary-coded form of the data bits.

3. The apparatus of claim 2 wherein said binary coder forming said coder comprises an iterative coder having a puncture sequence.

4. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said coder comprises a low density parity check LDPC coder that exhibits an adaptively selectable coding rate.

5. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the multi-channel communication scheme comprises an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing scheme and wherein the
communication allocation selected by said selector comprises communication allocation to each of a first and at least second sub-carriers defined in the orthogonal frequency division multiplexing scheme,

6. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the multi-channel communication scheme comprises a multi-carrier code division multiple access CDMA scheme and wherein the communication allocation selected by said selector comprises communication allocation to each of a first and at least second carrier defined in the multi-carrier CDMA scheme.

7. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the sending station further comprises a modulator for separately modulating the representations of the data bits that are sent upon the first communication channel and the at least the second communication channel, and wherein said selector further selects the selected modulation level at which the representations of the data bits are separately modulated upon the first and at least second communication channels.

8. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the selected optimization criteria according to which said selector selects the communication allocation optimizes a collective data throughput rate upon the first and at least second communication channels.

9. The apparatus of claim 8 wherein the selected optimization criteria according to which said selector selects the communication allocation further optimizes the collective data throughput rate at least at selected performance levels upon the first and at least second communication channels.

10. The apparatus of claim 9 wherein the selected optimization criteria according to which said selector selects the communication allocation further optimizes the collective data throughput rate at a total power level less than a maximum power level.

11. The apparatus of claim 8 wherein the selected optimization criteria according to which said selector selects the communication allocation optimizes the collective data throughput rate at an optimal power level.

12. The apparatus of claim 11 wherein the selected optimization scheme according to which said selector selects the communication allocation further optimizes the collective data throughput rate at a level less than a maximum throughput rate level.

13. The apparatus of claim 8 wherein the selected optimization scheme according to which said selector selects the communication allocation optimizes the collective data throughput rate at least to attain a symbol error rate beneath a maximum symbol-error-rate level.

14. The apparatus of claim 13 wherein the said selected optimization scheme according to which said selector selects the communication allocation further optimizes the collective data throughput rate at a collective power level less than a maximum power level.

15. A method for facilitating sending, by a sending station operable pursuant to a multi-channel communication scheme, representations of data bits upon a first communication channel and at least a second communication channel, said method comprising the operations of:
detecting channel state information associated with at least one of the first and at least second communication channels;
selecting, responsive to the channel state information detected during said operation of detecting, a selected coding scheme by which to code the data bits into coded form according to a selected optimization criteria; and
selecting, responsive to the channel state information detected during said operation of detecting, the communication allocation to each of the first and at least second channel upon which to communicate selected portions of the representations of the data, once coded into the coded form, according to the selected optimization criteria.

16. The method of claim 15 wherein the selected coding scheme comprises a low density parity check LDPC coding scheme that exhibits a selectable coding rate and wherein said operation of selecting the selected coding scheme comprises selecting the coding rate.

17. The method of claim 15 wherein said operations of selecting the selected coding scheme and of selecting the communication allocation are together performed pursuant to the selected optimization criteria.

18. The method of claim 15 wherein the selected coding scheme selected during said operation of selecting the coding scheme selected during said operation of selecting the coding scheme comprises a binary coding scheme.

19. The method of claim 15 wherein the selected optimization criteria comprises an optimizing parameter together with a constraint parameter.

20. Apparatus for a. receiving station operable pursuant to a frequency-multiplexed communication scheme to receive representations of coded data bits sent upon a first communication channel and at least a second communication channel, said apparatus comprising:
a determiner adapted to receive indications of the coded data bits sent upon the first and at least second channels, once delivered to the receiving station, said determiner for determining channel state information associated with at least one of the first and at least second channels; and - a profile indicia generator adapted to receive the channel state information determined by said determiner, said profile indicia generator for generating channel profile indicia, the channel profile indicia for use by the receiving station to operate upon the coded data bits.

21. Apparatus that selects a selected code rate at which to code data at a
communication station, said apparatus comprising:
a determiner adapted to receive an initial code rate, said determiner determining a symbol size required of symbols into which the data is to be modulated to be communicated using the initial code rate;
a performance calculator adapted to receive values responsive to determinations made by said determiner, said performance calculator calculating a performance indicia associated with communication of the data at the initial code rate and determining, responsive thereto, whether a code-rate increase improves performance of communications; and
a selected code rate selector for selecting the selected code rate responsive to calculations made by said performance calculator.