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Developing the First mmWave Fully-Connected Hybrid Beamformer with a Large Antenna Array

Payami, Sohail, Khalily, Mohsen, Araghi, Ali, Hong Loh, Tian, Cheadle, David, Nikitopoulos, Konstantinos and Tafazolli, Rahim (2020) Developing the First mmWave Fully-Connected Hybrid Beamformer with a Large Antenna Array IEEE Access.

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Millimeter wave (mmWave) systems with effective beamforming capability play a key role in fulfilling the high data-rate demands of current and future wireless technologies. Hybrid analog-todigital beamformers have been identified as a cost-effective and energy-efficient solution towards deploying such systems. Most of the existing hybrid beamforming architectures rely on a subconnected phase shifter network with a large number of antennas. Such approaches, however, cannot fully exploit the advantages of large arrays. On the other hand, the current fully-connected beamformers accommodate only a small number of antennas, which substantially limits their beamforming capabilities. In this paper, we present a mmWave hybrid beamformer testbed with a fully-connected network of phase shifters and adjustable attenuators and a large number of antenna elements. To our knowledge, this is the first platform that connects two RF inputs from the baseband to a 16� 8 antenna array, and it operates at 26 GHz with a 2 GHz bandwidth. It provides a wide scanning range of 60�, and the flexibility to control both the phase and the amplitude of the signals between each of the RF chains and antennas. This beamforming platform can be used in both short and long-range communications with linear equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) variation between 10 dBm and 60 dBm. In this paper, we present the design, calibration procedures and evaluations of such a complex system as well as discussions on the critical factors to consider for their practical implementation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
Hong Loh, Tian
Date : 29 July 2020
Additional Information : Embargo OK Metadata Pending
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 03 Aug 2020 13:22
Last Modified : 03 Aug 2020 13:22

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