Advanced Indoor MIMO Platform
20061201 - 20080531
Dr I Chih-Lin
The project deliverables are listed in the following: a) Hardware platforms: • Enhanced 802.11g/n platform with ASTRI’s Innovations in antenna selection and rate/mode selection – MIMO1000 – A 802.11g system with antenna selection schemes – MIMO2000 – A 802.11n system with mode and rate selection schemes – MIMO3000 – A 802.11n system with mode and rate selection and antenna selection schemes • Wireless Home AV distribution system Note: For each of the above Hardware Platforms, the deliverables include • System design documents – Architecture specification – Schematic – PCB • Demonstration hardware platform based on third part chipset • Source code (firmware) for advanced MIMO design • Reference designs for licensing b) Software Simulation Platform -- Advanced MIMO Matlab Simulation Code • Platform design documents • Entire simulation platform (Matlab code) with developed functional blocks • Detailed manual for each developed functional blocks • Comprehensive simulation results and analysis report c) Broadband MIMO channel measurement system • System architecture specification • Hardware platform for channel measurement – Base band board – RF chains • Software code for channel data collection and analysis • Collected channel data set d) Advanced MIMO algorithm development • Detail report on algorithm description • Simulation results compared with existing algorithms • Paper publications e) More than 7 Patent Applications in the fields of (but not limited to) • Smart mode selection • Intelligent antenna selection • Pre-coder design • Multi-user MIMO • Interference mitigation f) More than 7 technical papers to be published g) Project Final Report
Atheros Communications [Sponsor] Georgia Institute of Technology HKUST R and D Corporation Limited
This project aims at developing core technologies of Practical MIMO design and integrate them into terminal devices, PDA, sub notebook for example. There are many challenging technical barriers to implement MIMO onto terminal devices, such as performance degradation due to antenna correlation and coupling with closely spaced antennas, cost and power consumption, need to be well defined and resolved. The IEEE 802.11g/n indoor platform will be used as the baseline system to evaluate ASTRI’s innovations. The enhanced 802.11g/n system will be applied to a high end home AV distribution system to demonstrate the significance of ASTRI’s inventions. Reference designs and core IP modules will be delivered as the achievements of this project. In the meantime, the wireless communication R&D talents trained in this project will benefit the local as well as greater China industry to strengthen their competitiveness in the world market. This project will be carried out in terms of several major deliverables and processed in steps. A comprehensive software simulation platform will be generated to verify and assess the innovations developed by ASTRI's MIMO R&D team. After that, these innovations will be implemented in an advanced indoor MIMO hardware platform based on a third part’s chipset. A wideband MIMO channel measurement platform will also be built to record real MIMO channel data. Patents and papers will be pursued to enhance our IP portfolio. This project will leverage from other ASTRI R&D teams such as Internal Antenna & Re-configurable OFDM teams. Consultation from leading local and international universities will guarantee that this project will stay on the cutting edge of technical development. This project will have significant impacts and benefits to the local industry. Reference designs for hand-held devices can be immediately delivered to design houses, equipment venders and OEM/ODM manufacturers. Meanwhile, patented and developed ideas and IP blocks can be licensed to chipset vendors for their next generation chipset design. They will also be proposed to the international standard bodies to influence the future standards for high throughputs and high spectral-efficient wireless communication systems. This project will allow Hong Kong local companies to create world-class innovative wireless products and services for the next generation wireless application and enhance the competitiveness of local industries.