Measurement-Based Performance Evaluation of Advanced MIMO Transceiver Designs

  • Uwe Trautwein
  • Christian Schneider
  • Reiner Thomä
Open Access
Research Article
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  1. System-Integration-Oriented Transceiver Designs for Wireless Networks Beyond 3G


This paper describes the methodology and the results of performance investigations on a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) transceiver scheme for frequency-selective radio channels. The method relies on offline simulations and employs real-time MIMO channel sounder measurement data to ensure a realistic channel modeling. Thus it can be classified in between the performance evaluation using some predefined channel models and the evaluation of a prototype hardware in field experiments. New aspects for the simulation setup are discussed, which are frequently ignored when using simpler model-based evaluations. Example simulations are provided for an iterative ("turbo") MIMO equalizer concept. The dependency of the achievable bit error rate performance on the propagation characteristics and on the variation in some system design parameters is shown, whereas the antenna constellation is of particular concern for MIMO systems. Although in many of the considered constellations turbo MIMO equalization appears feasible in real field scenarios, there exist cases with poor performance as well, indicating that in practical applications link adaptation of the transmitter and receiver processing to the environment is necessary.

Keywords and phrases

MIMO systems channel modeling channel sounding turbo equalization link-level simulations 

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© Uwe Trautwein et al. 2005

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Uwe Trautwein
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christian Schneider
    • 3
  • Reiner Thomä
    • 3
  1. 1.MEDAV GmbHUttenreuthGermany
  2. 2.TeWiSoft GmbHIlmenauGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Communications and Measurement EngineeringIlmenau University of TechnologyIlmenauGermany

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