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 supports a wide array of antenna configurations with up to 128 antennas at the eNB and up to 12 antennas at the UE. 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 single-user MIMO, multi-user MIMO, and massive MIMO. The open and modifiable MIMO PHY layer includes real-time implementations of operations such as channel reciprocity calibration, channel estimation, linear precoding, MIMO decoding, and OFDM modulation.

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