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On transceiver design and channel quantization for downlink multiuser MIMO systems with limited feedback

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We consider a MIMO broadcast channel where both the transmitter and receivers are equipped with multiple antennas. Channel state information at the transmitter (CSIT) is obtained through limited (i.e., finite-bandwidth) feedback from the receivers that index a set of precoding vectors contained in a predefined codebook. We propose a novel transceiver architecture based on zero-forcing beamforming and linear receiver combining. The receiver combining and quantization for CSIT feedback are jointly designed in order to maximize the expected SINR for each user. We provide an analytic characterization of the achievable throughput in the case of many users and show how additional receive antennas or higher multiuser diversity can reduce the required feedback rate to achieve a target throughput.We also propose a design methodology for generating codebooks tailored for arbitrary spatial correlation statistics. The resulting codebooks have a tree structure that can be utilized in time-correlated MIMO channels to significantly reduce feedback overhead. Simulation results show the effectiveness of the overall transceiver design strategy and codebook design methodology compared to prior techniques in a variety of correlation environments.

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IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 8 )