Series in Microelectronics

edited by        Wolfgang Fichtner
                        Qiuting Huang
                        Heinz Jäckel
                        Gerhard Tröster
                        Bernd Witzigmann

Vol. 213


Markus Wenk,

MIMO-OFDM Testbed:

Challenges, Implementations,
and Measurement Results.

2010. XIV, 168 pages. € 64,00.
ISBN 3-86628-366-0 and 978-3-86628-366-4


TOC of book


In recent years, multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) communication techniques have established as main means to put wireless communication to a new performance level. MIMO communication employs multiple antennas at the transmitter and at the receiver and transmits multiple data streams concurrently and within the same frequency band. However, the benefits of MIMO technology come at the cost of significantly increased computational complexity (compared to single antenna systems), especially in the receiver.

This dissertation presents the design of a modular hardware platform (i.e., testbed) for testing and experimentation of MIMO communication aspects. Different MIMO detection algorithms are realized on the testbed or as stand-alone VLSI circuit. Algorithmic and architectural optimizations are presented that eventually lead to more efficient solutions. Finally, measurements are carried out on the testbed to verify our theoretical findings through our practical implementations.


About the Author


Markus Wenk was born in 1980 in Altstaetten, Switzerland. He received the MSc degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, in 2005. Since 2006, he has been a research assistant at the Integrated Systems Laboratory (IIS) of ETH Zurich. His research interests include rapid prototyping and algorithms for wireless communication and its realization in practical systems.



Keywords: MIMO-OFDM Testbed, detection algorithms, VLSI

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