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A Flexible Antenna Selection Scheme for 60 GHz Multi-Antenna Systems Using Interleaved ADCs

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8 Author(s)
Van Thillo, W. ; Interuniversity Micro-Electron. Center (IMEC), Leuven, Belgium ; Pollin, S. ; Nsenga, J. ; Ramon, V.
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We present a new scheme for maximizing the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in wideband multi-antenna receivers that employ time-interleaved analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). Current wideband receivers interleave a fixed number of slower ADCs into one fast ADC and assign this latter to one antenna according to an antenna selection algorithm. However, this does not always guarantee an optimal trade-off between thermal noise and quantization noise. This results in an overall SNR that is lower than what could be obtained with the same number of ADCs, assigned in a more optimal way. Therefore, we propose to adjust the number of slower ADCs assigned to a certain fast, interleaved ADC dynamically, according to the SNR of every individual antenna. Our proposed algorithm can be implemented at the expense of a very limited hardware complexity increase. The SNR gain of our new scheme can exceed 7 dB, depending on channel conditions and ADC specifications.

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Communications, 2009. ICC '09. IEEE International Conference on

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14-18 June 2009