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Pruned Multiangle Resolution Fast Beamforming

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EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20082008:328041

  • Received: 8 June 2007
  • Accepted: 23 March 2008
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Delay-and-sum (DS) beamforming is a simple processing method that can estimate the direction-of-arrival from multiple signal sources. The major advantage of DS beamforming is that it can handle wideband as well as narrowband signals. However, DS beamforming exhibits high computational complexity. The multiangle resolution fast beamformer was proposed as a computationally efficient approximation of DS beamforming, reducing the computational order of complexity from to . In this paper, we introduce the pruned multiangle resolution fast beamformer to further reduce the computational complexity. The new algorithm includes an energy detector at intermediate stages of the fast beamformer to prune sectors that do not exhibit increasing energy consistent with coherent integration. Simulations are provided to assess the performance of the pruned fast beamformer. One use for the estimates from the pruned fast beamformer is to initialize high-resolution direction-of-arrival (DOA) estimators such as coherent signal subspace methods.


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  • Intermediate Stage
  • Multiple Signal
  • Simple Processing
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Authors’ Affiliations

Center for Advanced Communications, Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085, USA
Radar System Group, Samsung Thales Company, Yongin, Kyunggido, Korea
Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD 20783, USA
Texas Instruments, Inc., San Diego, CA 92121, USA
Center for Signal and Image Processing (CSIP), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA


© Yeo-Sun Yoon et al. 2008

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