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Performance Analysis of Multi-Hop MIMO Relay Network

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6 Author(s)
Yiling Wang ; Broadband Wireless Commun. & Multimedia Lab., Tongji Univ., Shanghai ; Fuqiang Liu ; Shangzhi Xu ; Xinhong Wang
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Without any doubt MIMO techniques count to the few emerging key technologies for wireless communications. It is obviously that MIMO techniques can improve the system capacity and performance. On the other hand, there has been an upsurge of interest in multi-hop infrastructure-based networks in both industry and academia. In this article, multi-hop MIMO relay network is studied and different channel models are analyzed. At first, 2-hop relay network is worked on within both SISO and MIMO systems. Three channel models are applied into the system and different value of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of direct link between BS and MS are observed. Results show that when meeting 100% system efficiency, the required relay SNR gain of 2-antenna system can be reduced to half of that with only one transceiver antenna. After that, multi-hop network is researched. Statistics figures out that when passing through ideal channel, 4-hop relays is possible with given SNR of more than 10 dB whereas, 5-hop communication can be realized in 4times4 MIMO under the assumption of 0 dB of SNR of direct link between BS and MS and 100% system efficiency. With respect to Rayleigh frequency-selective fading channel, SISO system can only ensure 2-hop relays whereas one more hop is supported in 4times4 MIMO network. Furthermore, in 4times4 MIMO, with the increase of hop, extra 3 dB is needed.

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Communications Workshops, 2008. ICC Workshops '08. IEEE International Conference on

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19-23 May 2008