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In MIMO-OFDM communications over channels subject to co-channel interference, beamforming (BF) is conventionally applied independently to all subcarriers. Whilst this approach maximises mutual information, it is highly computationally complex. Symbol-wise BF considerably reduces the complexity by carrying out BF in the time domain. In this paper, we generalise symbol-wise BF to take co-channel interference into account. Maximising the mutual information is infeasible in this case and instead, we propose a novel iterative algorithm that maximises the SINR before OFDM demodulation. Computer simulations show that the performance loss relative to subcarrier-wise BF reduces with decreasing frequency selectivity or increasing spatial correlation.
Date of Publication: December 2009