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Optimizing MIMO antenna systems with channel covariance feedback

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2 Author(s)
Simon, S.H. ; Theor. Phys. Dept., Lucent Technol. Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ, USA ; Moustakas, A.L.

We consider a narrowband point-to-point communication system with nT transmitters and nR receivers. We assume the receiver has perfect knowledge of the channel, while the transmitter has no channel knowledge. We consider the case where the receiving antenna array has uncorrelated elements, while the elements of the transmitting array are arbitrarily correlated. Focusing on the case where nT=2, we derive simple analytic expressions for the ergodic average and the cumulative distribution function of the mutual information for arbitrary input (transmission) signal covariance. We then determine the ergodic and outage capacities and the associated optimal input signal covariances. We thus show how a transmitter with covariance knowledge should correlate its transmissions to maximize throughput. These results allow us to derive an exact condition (both necessary and sufficient) that determines when beamforming is optimal for systems with arbitrary number of transmitters and receivers.

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 3 )