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Spatial multiplexing in UWB MIMO For a quantitative analysis we thus define the inter-channel interference

communications coefficient s as:

V.P. Tran and A. Sibille s ¼ Meani;j;m ðsijim =simim Þ with m 6¼ j ð2Þ

A spatial multiplexing coherent scheme for pulse based ultra-

wideband (UWB) multiple input multiple output (MIMO) radio is Ð r is definedpby
The transmit side IR correlation coefficient Ð the same
Ðformula, with sijlm replaced by rijlm ¼ hij (t)hlm(t) dt= ( h2ij (t) dt 
discussed and experimentally investigated. In favourable channel
h2lm(t) dt).
conditions, it is shown that a multiplexing rate equal to the number
of transmitters may be obtained, at small or no signal-to-noise ratio

Introduction: Certain applications of UWB radio technology such as Measurements and simulations: These ideas were tested by carrying
in-home high definition video transmission requires rates up to out a 2  2 MIMO channel measurement campaign over a few line
1.6 Gbit=s, which is very demanding especially under a severe emitted of sight (LOS) and non-line of sight (NLOS) locations in the
isotropic radiated power limitation such as imposed by the Federal laboratory. The channel IR hij(t), which incorporated antenna IR
Communications Commission (FCC) in the USA (41.3 dBm=MHz). (UWB bicones), were obtained as the Fourier transforms of properly
Spatial multiplexing (SM) is one solution in order to increase windowed frequency domain transfer functions. The latter were
throughput. With respect to narrowband, SM in UWB is made measured at night with a vector network analyser (Agilent
easier because of the superior spatial decorrelation capability and HP8510C) in the band 2–10 GHz with 10 MHz steps. Two antenna
the absence of fading, reducing the processing load at the receiver. separations d ¼ 4 cm and 20 cm were considered identical on both
Our goal in the work reported in this Letter has been to investigate SM arrays. While the transmitting array was kept fixed, the receiving one
in the case of a pulse based physical layer. was horizontally scanned over 11  11 ¼ 121 positions, with 4 cm
increment in each direction. The resulting small-scale statistical set
Ú was used for averaging purposes. In addition, a single input-single
h11 R W1,1 output (SISO) reference configuration was measured for the same
in1 h11
antenna positions. The SM performance (multiplexing rate ¼ 2) was
h12 n1 Ú
R W1,2
simulated for a binary antipodal modulation (BAM), and a few
h21 h12 out1
in2 simple detection schemes: (i) direct detection (DD), where the

h22 estimated symbol writes p d ¼ sign(y); (ii) zero forcing detection

h21 W2,1
out2 (ZF), where d̂ ¼ sign( (M)H1y); (iii) maximum likelihood (ML)
n2 detection, with d̂ ¼ sign(arg mind2{1,þ1}Mky  M1=2Hdk). Unless
R W2,2
specified, the simulations analysed below assume ideal channel
h22 estimation and make use of a pulse respecting the FCC mask and
occupying a 3 dB bandwidth from 4.22 to 7.03 GHz. The horizontal
Fig. 1 2  2 UWB spatial multiplexing architecture
axis is the SISO received Eb=N0 for p BAM, thus the SISO bit error
rate (BER) curve is given by erfc( (Eb=N0))=2 and serves as a
MIMO UWB architectural principle: A model of the considered reference. This allows evaluation of the SNR loss incurred by SM,
system architecture is depicted in Fig. 1 for the 2  2 MIMO case. irrespective of path-loss effects. In all cases 10 fingers per rake stage
The number of independent input binary streams, i.e. the multiplexing have been used.
rate, is equal to the number of transmitting antennas. For each
receiving antenna the signals are passed through a bank of rake
combiners, and the outputs are correlated with a reference template
clocked at the symbol frequency. Each selective rake stage is char-
acterised by an impulse response (IR) hRij (t), which is chosen to be Results and discussion: Representative performance results are
associated with the channel IR hij(t), and it performs a partial shown in Figs. 2–4. While DD never succeeds in providing acceptable
equalisation of this channel. A similar scheme was first investigated performance, ZF often approaches ML and even SISO performance.
in [1], although with an all-rake combiner. Here, through additional Comparing the various locations and scenarios, it appears clearly that
antenna combining with weights Wij, we further exploit receiver the BER is most often directly related with s as defined in (2). Table 1
diversity to improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). In the present shows the values of s and r for a selection of various locations=
work we restrict ourselves to a 2  2 MIMO configuration with equal scenarios, and the corresponding value of Eb=N0 at 105 BER. It also
gain antenna combining at the receiver (Wij ¼ 1). Assuming perfect appears that s is generally very close to r, which can thus be used to
synchronisation, the output amplitude for channel hij and rake hRlm is evaluate SM performance directly from channel measurements. The
written as: favourable effect of the BW can also be seen in Fig. 4, with close to
ð  optimal performance for 5.9 GHz BW and much worse for 400 MHz
  BW. This demonstrates the superior performance of UWB over
sijlm ¼ Maxt  ½hij *hRlm *pðtÞref ðt  tÞdt  ð1Þ narrowband for SM.

where p(t) is the transmitted pulse, ref(t) is the correlator template 0

waveform, and * denotes the convolution. Thus the input–output
relation is written as y ¼ M –1=2Hx þ n, x being the input data
log (BER)

signal, n a Gaussian noise vector of variance N0=2 per component, –2

and M ¼ 2 with the factor M –1=2 ensuring a transmitted energy –3

independent of M. The matrix H contains channel and rake stage –4
IR, and receiver correlator. In the following we assume single pulse
transmission and binary amplitude modulation. Other modulations 0 5 10 15 20 0 5 10 15 20
Eb /N0, dB Eb /N0, dB
such as DS-CDMA or PPM differing only by the template are a b
usable as well, but they would not be relevant for very high data
rates. The asymmetrical scheme discussed here assumes a very good Fig. 2 Performance for NLOS1 (3 GHz BW)
decoupling of received signals whenever (l, m) 6¼ (i, j), through the a NLOS1 d ¼ 20 cm
transmission decorrelating role of the rake stages. This implies the b NLOS1 d ¼ 4 cm
- - - - - DD
double condition on inter-channel interference sijlm < sijij and slmij < sijij.       ZF
The performance thus relies on the high spatial decorrelation capabil-  ML
ity of UWB signals, pointed out and analysed by several authors [1–4]. —— SISO

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scheme is promising. It could apply to short distance LOS scenarios
–1 where throughput is the prime requirement, rather than to time variant
low SNR situations where space-time codes are more appropriate in

log (BER)
order to increase the link robustness [6, 7]. Additional work showed
–3 that intersymbol interference (ISI) at high rates was partly mitigated
–4 by the rake combiner, and that the present MIMO approach relaxed
requirements on the equaliser by providing four times higher through-
0 5 10 15 20 0 5 10 15 20 put at the same symbol frequency [8]. This leads in, for example,
Eb/N0, dB Eb/N0, dB
a b LOS2 (delay spread 5.2 ns) and NLOS2 (delay spread 6.9 ns) loca-
tions to 500 and 440 Mbit=s, respectively, at an ISI limited error floor
Fig. 3 Performance for LOS2=NLOS2 (3 GHz BW) of BER  103 (10 rake fingers, d ¼ 20 cm, 2.8 GHz BW). These
a NLOS2 d ¼ 4 cm figures are very close to twice the SISO throughputs, as expected for
b LOS2 d ¼ 4 cm an SM scheme. In the future the requirements on channel estimation
- - - - - DD
and synchronisation, which are among the key issues in coherent
 ML schemes and assume further importance in MIMO configurations, will
—— SISO have to be addressed.

–1 Acknowledgment: The authors thank S. Bories for providing the

specially designed UWB bicones used in this work.
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     ZF References
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