• Course Length:
  • 3 hours of eLearning

Advanced multiple antenna technologies enable emerging 4G cellular technologies to achieve superior data rates over the air interface (e.g., in excess of 100 Mbps). While 4G networks utilize an efficient multiple access technique called Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA), OFDMA on its own cannot deliver the expected superior throughput in 4G systems. Multiple antenna techniques play a critical role in increasing spectral efficiency. This course provides fundamental knowledge of numerous multiple antenna techniques that will be an integral part of emerging radio access standards. The antenna basics are explained, along with typical antenna configurations in commercial cellular deployments. Major antenna techniques are covered in the course, providing a strong foundation for advanced antenna technologies.

This course is intended for those seeking a fundamental understanding of how various multiple antenna techniques work. This includes those in a design, test, systems engineering, sales engineering, network engineering, or verification role.

After completing this course, the student will be able to:
• Outline key benefits and challenges of multiple antenna techniques
• Provide examples of various types of multiple antenna techniques
• Explain transmit and receive diversity techniques such as Space Time Coding (STC) and antenna grouping
• Contrast a switched-beam system with an adaptive beamforming technique
• Describe MIMO spatial multiplexing techniques
• Discuss the implementation of SDMA
• Give examples of the multiple antenna techniques defined in emerging 4G cellular networks

1. Introduction to Antenna Techniques
1.1. Antenna basics: Transmit and receive operation, antenna parameters, and antenna gain characteristics
1.2. Motivation for advanced antenna techniques
1.3. Example of antenna configurations: Omni and sectorized systems, 1 transmit and 1 receive antenna, 1 transmit and 2 receive antennas with space and polarization diversity
1.4. Summary of multiple antenna techniques, including advantages and challenges

2. Transmit and Receive Diversity Techniques
2.1. Basic techniques (space, time, and frequency)
2.2. Advanced transmit diversity techniques including STC, frequency/space, and antenna grouping/selection
2.3. Receive diversity

3. Beamforming Techniques
3.1. Construction of a beam
3.2. Transmit and receive beamforming
3.3. Switched-beam system
3.4. Adaptive beamforming system
3.5. Benefits and challenges of beamforming

4. MIMO - Spatial Multiplexing
4.1. Basics of spatial multiplexing
4.2. Horizontal and vertical encoding, single-code word and multi-code word
4.3. MIMO transmitter and receiver examples
4.4. Closed-loop MIMO (MIMO + precoding)
4.5. Collaborative spatial multiplexing
4.6. Benefits and challenges of MIMO-SM

5. Summary

Put It All Together
Assess the knowledge of the participant

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