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Fifth-generation (5G) cellular systems will build on massive multi-user (MU) multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology to attain high spectral efficiency. However, having hundreds of antennas and radio-frequency (RF) chains at the base station (BS) entails prohibitively high hardware costs and power consumption. This paper proposes a novel nonlinear precoding algorithm for the massive MU-MIMO downlink in which each RF chain contains an 8-phase (3-bit) constant-modulus transmitter, enabling the use of low-cost and power-efficient analog hardware. We present a high-throughput VLSI architecture and show implementation results on a Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA. Compared to a recently-reported nonlinear precoder for BS designs that use two 1-bit digital-to-analog converters per RF chain, our design enables up to 3.75 dB transmit power reduction at no more than a 2.7x increase in FPGA resources. Show more
Book titleIEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS). Proceedings, 27–30 May 2018, Florence, Italy
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Organisational unit09695 - Studer, Christoph / Studer, Christoph
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