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Beamforming vs. transmit diversity in the downlink of a cellular communications system

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2 Author(s)
Friedlander, Benjamin ; Dept. Electr. Eng., California Univ., Santa Cruz, CA, USA ; Scherzer, S.

Transmit diversity and beamforming are two complementary techniques for using multiple antennas in the forward link of a cellular communication system. The first provides the benefit of diversity with no array gain, while the second provides array gain, but no diversity. We present a comparative analysis of the two systems, using outage capacity as the performance measure. The effects of handoff and correlated fading are considered.

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Signals, Systems and Computers, 2001. Conference Record of the Thirty-Fifth Asilomar Conference on  (Volume:2 )

Date of Conference:

4-7 Nov. 2001