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Massive MIMO Prototyping System

 

Future 5G networks will require huge increases in capacity unobtainable by current 4G solutions. Applications of multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology such as massive MIMO promise tremendous gains in capacity and spectral efficiency by using large numbers of antennas. Learn how researchers at the University of Bristol and Lund University have broken spectral efficiency records using the MIMO Prototyping System.

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Massive MIMO Research

Accelerate your 5G research with the world’s first real-time massive MIMO testbed featuring a ready-to-run hardware and software architecture. The modular hardware can scale to meet research needs, while the open and fully reconfigurable software IP saves years of development time and provides an advanced starting point for massive MIMO prototyping.

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MIMO Prototyping System Hardware

The modular MIMO Prototyping System is based on the USRP RIO software defined radio (SDR) and PXI hardware that makes possible a wide array of antenna configurations up to 128. The multi-FPGA architecture also offers scalable computational resources to meet the demands of real-time applications.

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MIMO Application Framework—Real-Time PHY Layer

The LabVIEW Communications MIMO Application Framework is a multi-FPGA PHY layer reference design that supports both small- and large-scale MIMO, including massive MIMO. The multiuser MIMO PHY layer includes real-time implementations of operations such as channel estimation, linear precoding, and MIMO decoding.

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Additional Resources

Learn more about wireless communications research and MIMO prototyping.

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