M4 - Ultra Wideband Communications based on Massive MIMO and Multi-mode Antennas Suitable for Mobile Handheld Devices


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter A. Höher

Kiel University

Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Information and Coding Theory

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Manteuffel

Leibniz University Hannover

Elektrotechnik und Informatilk

Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Funksysteme


Ultra-high-speed wireless communications with peak data rates of 100 Gbps and beyond, as targeted in the DFG research focus area SPP 1655, requires an ultra-wide system bandwidth in conjunction with suitable antennas and advanced baseband processing techniques to increase spectral efficiency and energy efficiency simultaneously.

In this project proposal, additional constraints arise as our focus is on low-cost low-complexity miniature consumer electronic devices, such as ultra books, tablets or smart phones. Both downlink and uplink will be studied, and limited mobility shall be supported. Emphasis is on indoor scenarios. In order to achieve these goals, interdisciplinary research shall be conducted in the area of antenna design and baseband processing. For various reasons, we concentrate on the frequency range of 6.0 - 8.5 GHz, where the spectral mask is most relaxed in Europe (-41.3 dB/MHz EIRP). Hence, a spectral efficiency of at least 40 bps/Hz must be achieved, with is a rather challenging goal with respect to miniature devices.

There are two main concepts to achieve this goal: A novel antenna design and an advanced signal processing concept called massive MIMO. Concerning the antenna design, the new feature is that multiple modes can be activated per antenna element. Each mode owns an individual antenna port. Hence, many antenna ports can be realized given just a few antenna elements. This concept can be integrated well into miniature devices and it is easily reconfigurable.

Concerning baseband processing, the main focus is on a transmitter design supporting the flexibility offered by the antennas, as well as an advanced, highly parallel receiver design enabling low-cost implementation. The limited EIRP, the demanding bandwidth efficiency, as well as the small size and limited computational complexity of the terminal are among the biggest challenges. In massive MIMO, the access point is equipped with a vast number of antenna elements, whereas the terminal is equipped with a single antenna, preferably.

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