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Hänninen, T., Ketonen, J. & Juntti, M. J Sign Process Syst (2019) 91: 423.

MIMO detector for LTE/LTE-A uplink receiver

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Author: Hänninen, Tuomo1; Ketonen, Johanna1; Juntti, Markku1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-10-16


We propose a carefully selected receiver structure, detector and detector implementation architecture for multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) uplink base station receiver for fourth generation (4G) wireless cellular systems. First, we compare different receiver algorithms and structures for single-carrier frequency-division multiple access (SC-FDMA) uplink transmission to get a good understanding of the performance and complexity of these algorithms and their suitability for practical realization. One of those structures, namely the frequency domain MMSE equalization with sphere detection (SD), is proposed for implementation. The receiver consists of separate stages for inter-symbol interference (ISI) and inter-antenna interference (IAI) mitigation in frequency selective MIMO channels. Frame error rate (FER) performance is studied via simulations in realistic wireless channels and practical system parameters. K-best SD is selected as a detector algorithm for this receiver. There are several publications proposing a sort-free architecture for tree search type of detectors. Both a conventional K-best architecture and a sort-free architecture are implemented on a Xilinx Virtex-6 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) using High Level Synthesis (HLS) tool. Both architectures support 4 × 4 MIMO with 64-level modulation (64-QAM). Complexity results confirm that avoiding the sorter is not always recommended. The benefit of sort-free architecture depends on the system parameters.

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Series: Journal of signal processing systems for signal image and video technology
ISSN: 1939-8018
ISSN-E: 1939-8115
ISSN-L: 1939-8018
Volume: 91
Issue: 5
Pages: 423 - 435
DOI: 10.1007/s11265-018-1329-z
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This research was partially done in the CoMIT project which was supported by Elektrobit, Nokia, Xilinx and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).
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