Low RF-complexity technologies to enable millimeter-wave MIMO with large antenna array for 5G wireless communications

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Authors Xinyu Gao, Linglong Dai, Akbar M. Sayeed
Journal/Conference Name IEEE Communications Magazine
Paper Category
Paper Abstract mmWave MIMO with large antenna array has attracted considerable interest from the academic and industry communities, as it can provide larger bandwidth and higher spectrum efficiency. However, with hundreds of antennas, the number of RF chains required by mmWave MIMO is also huge, leading to unaffordable hardware cost and power consumption in practice. In this article, we investigate low RF-complexity technologies to solve this bottleneck. We first review the evolution of low RF-complexity technologies from microwave frequencies to mmWave frequencies. Then, we discuss two promising low RF-complexity technologies for mmWave MIMO systems in detail, that is PAHP and LAHP, including their principles, advantages, challenges, and recent results. We compare the performance of these two technologies to draw some insights about how they can be deployed in practice. Finally, we conclude this article and point out some future research directions in this area.
Date of publication 2018
Code Programming Language MATLAB

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