MIMO, as the state of the art of Intelligent antenna (IA), improves the performance of radio systems by embedding electronics intelligence into the spatial processing unit. Spatial processing includes spatial precoding at the transmitter and spatial postcoding at the receiver, which are dual each other from information signal processing theoretic point of view. Intelligent antenna is technology which represents smart antenna, multiple antenna (MIMO), self-tracking directional antenna, cooperative virtual antenna and so on.
- 1 Technology
- 2 Comparisons
- 3 Principal Issues of Research
- 4 Principal Definitions
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Spatial precoding of intelligent antenna includes spatial beamforming and spatial coding. In wireless communications, spatial precoding has been developing for high reliability, high rate and lower interference as shown in the following table.
Summary of 3G MIMO
The table summarizes the history of 3G MIMO techniques candidated for 3G standards. Although the table additionally contains the future part but the contents are not clearly filled out since the future is not precisely predictable.
|Generation||3G||3G evolution||Beyond 3G||Future|
|Bandwidth||5 MHz||5 MHz/20 MHz||20~100 MHz||>100 MHz|
|Requirement Paradigm||High reliability (High quality)||High rate (High capacity)||Lower interference||High intelligence|
|Method||Spatial diversity||Spatial multiplexing||Spatial cancellation||Ambient intelligence|
|Spatial coding (SC)||Spatial diversity coding||Spatial multiplexing coding||Spatial cancellation coding||Ambient intelligence coding|
|Spatial beamforming (SB)||Single-stream beamforming||Multi-stream beamforming||Interference nulling beamforming||Ambient intelligence beamforming|
|Examples||SC: Alamouti coding, SB: TxAA||SC: BLAST coding, SB: SVD||SC: DPC, SB: MU-BF||Such as cooperative MIMO|
IA in ad hoc networking
IA technology enables client terminals, which have either multiple antennas or a self-tracking directional antenna, to communicate to each other with as high as possible signal-to-interference-and-noise ratio (SINR). Assume that there is a source terminal, a destination terminal, and some candidate interference terminals. Compared to conventional approaches, an advanced IA based terminal will perform spatial precoding (spatial beamforming and/or spatial coding) not only to enhance the signal power at the destination terminal but also to diminish the interfering power at interference terminals. As a human does, the advanced IA terminal is given to know that occurring high interference to other terminals will eventually degrade the performance of the associated wireless network.
Intelligent antenna (IA) vs. Cognitive radio (CR)
However, it requires intelligent multiple or cooperative antenna array. On the contrary, cognitive radio (CR) allows user terminals to sense the other service usage of spectrum beans to share the spectrum among users, which is so, cognitive spectrum sharing technology. The following table compares the different points between two approach for future wireless systems: Intelligent antenna (IA) vs. Cognitive radio (CR).
|Point||Intelligence antenna (IA)||Cognitive radio (CR)|
|Interference processing||Cancellation by spatial pre/post-coding||Avoidance by spectrum sensing|
|Key cost||Multiple or cooperative antenna arrays||Spectrum sensing and multi-band RF|
|Solution||Intelligent spatial beamforming/coding tech||Cognitive spectrum management tech|
|Application||Ambient Spatial Reuse||Open Spectrum Sharing|
|Applied theory||Dirty paper and Wyner-Ziv coding (DP-WZ coding)||Software radio and cognition|
|Summary||Intelligent spectrum reuse technology||Cognitive spectrum sharing technology|
Fundamental concepts and theories
- Intelligence is a property of mind that includes many related abilities.
- Cooperation is the practice of social elements working in common, instead of working individually.
- Cognition can be interpreted as understanding and responding to the world.
- Ambient intelligence (AmI) refers to artificial environments that responses to the movement of people, the paradigm of which builds upon Ubiquitous computing.
- Wireless ubiquitous computing (WUC) is post-desktop computing where information processing is integrated into anytime and anywhere human activities.
- Game theory is a mathematical theory that studies the strategic interaction between players, which are usually organized into a friend group and an enemy group.
Principal Issues of Research
The following items list the issues of the multiple antenna research aims to improve the performance of radio communications.
- Intelligent antenna
- Smart antenna
- Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO)
- Diversity combining
- Diversity scheme
- Space–time code
- Spatial multiplexing
- Space-division multiple access (SDMA)
- Advanced MIMO communications
- Multi-user MIMO
- Dirty paper coding (DPC)
- Cooperative wireless communications
- Cooperative diversity
Here are the definition of principal keywords to clarify the objective and the operations of intelligent antenna.
|Intelligent antenna||Antenna technology that uses some sort of electronic intelligence to enhance wireless system performance. Electronic intelligence is implemented by spatial pre/post-coding techniques such as spatial information coding and spatial signal beamforming. Notice that smart antenna has been more widely used to represent the similar meaning.|
|Smart antenna||In the narrow sense, antenna technology that employs array antennas with beamforming techniques to enhance wireless system performance. In the wide sense, equivalent terminology to intelligent antenna.|
|MIMO||Wide sense and well-known: MIMO is the state of the art of IA and SA.
Reference Web Sites
The following items list the web sites related to the multiple antenna research.
- MARS, Bell Laboratories — http://mars.bell-labs.com/
- Multiple Antenna Research and Solutions (MARS) is a research group on multiple antenna and space time coding
- Lucent — http://www.cdg.org/news/events/CDMASeminar/cdg_tech_forum_02/3_lucent_ia_blast_final_release.pdf
- The goal of intelligent antennas is to achieve higher capacity noting that advanced solutions provide higher capacity than basic solutions.
|Types||Antenna configuration||Basic solution||Advanced solution|
|Diversity||d > wavelength||Rx: MRC, MMSE, etc., Tx: STTD, CLTD||BLAST (spatial multiplexing)|
|Phased Array||d < wavelength||Switched beams||Steered beams|
- IMEC — http://www.imec.be/wireless/mimo/
- Multiple antenna systems are the key to the high-capacity wireless universe. Indeed, they allow increasing the rate, improving the robustness, or accommodating more users in the cell.
- Georgia Institute of Technology — http://users.ece.gatech.edu/~mai/tutorial_sa_def.htm
- A smart antenna is an array of antenna elements connected to a digital signal processor
- IEC — http://www.iec.org/online/tutorials/smart_ant/index.html, http://www.iec.org/online/tutorials/acrobat/smart_ant.pdf
- A smart antenna system combines multiple antenna elements with a signal-processing capability to optimize its radiation and/or reception pattern automatically in response to the signal environment.
- Spatial division multiple access (SDMA) — Among the most sophisticated utilizations of smart antenna technology is SDMA, which employs advanced processing techniques to, in effect, locate and track fixed or mobile terminals, adaptively steering transmission signals toward users and away from interferers.
- SearchMobileComputing.com — http://searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,290660,sid40_gci1026138,00.html
- A smart antenna is a digital wireless communications antenna system that takes advantage of diversity effect at the source (transmitter), the destination (receiver), or both.
- MIMO is an antenna technology for wireless communications in which multiple antennas are used at both the source (transmitter) and the destination (receiver).
- Smart Antennas Research Group, Stanford Univ. — http://www.stanford.edu/group/sarg/
- Our research goal is to advance the state-of-the-art in the applications of multiple antennas and space-time signal processing in mobile wireless networks, and to improve network performance and economics.
- CDG — http://www.cdg.org/technology/cdma_technology/smart_antennas/index.asp, http://www.cdmatech.com/products/how_mimo_works.jsp
- Smart antennas provide greater capacity and performance benefits than standard antennas because they can be used to customize and fine-tune antenna coverage patterns that match the traffic conditions in a wireless network or that are better suited for complex radio frequency (RF) environments.
- MIMO employs multiple, spatially separated antennas (at both TX and RX) to take advantage of these "virtual wires" and transfer more data.
- Nortel — http://www2.nortel.com/go/solution_content.jsp?segId=0&catId=0&parId=0&prod_id=61701
- MIMO is an antenna technology that is used both in transmission and receiver equipment for wireless radio communication.
- MIMO is the only advanced antenna technology that simultaneously offers high bandwidth, improved range, and high mobility at a lower cost.
- Visant Strategies — http://www.visantstrategies.com/market_research/mimo_intelligent_antenna.html, http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c21454
- Intelligent antennas are antenna systems that use some sort of computational or electronic resource to enhance system performance.
- According to the amounts of intelligence employed, antenna diversity represents the simplest form in the progressive complexity chain, followed by basic beamforming, which is the process of narrowing radiated energy, which is then followed by the more complex space-time processing and finally by MIMO.
- VK5ZAI — http://www.electric-web.org/tracking_antenna.htm
- Following numerous requests for details of my home brewed satellite tracking system I have finally got around to writing an article on it, with a photograph or two, hoping it's of interest to others.
- Magnetic Sciences — http://www.magneticsciences.com/SatelliteTrackingUnits.html
- Satellite tracking systems and self-steering antennas are used aboard ships, vehicles, or aircraft to maintain contact with satellites.
- Antenna diversity
- Smart antenna
- Multiple antenna research
- Multiple-input multiple-output communications
- Cooperative wireless communications
- Precoding includes spatial coding (SC) and spatial beamforming (SB)
- Smart antenna for 3G MIMO benefits
- Dr. Erik Dahlman, LTE, 3G Long Term Evolution
- "The WINNER II Air Interface: Refined Spatial-Temporal Processing Solutions". WINNER II. 30 Nov 2006.