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A High-Speed Four-Transmitter Four-Receiver MIMO OFDM Testbed: Experimental Results and Analyses

  • Weidong Xiang1Email author,
  • Paul Richardson1,
  • Brett Walkenhorst2,
  • Xudong Wang3 and
  • Thomas Pratt2
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20062006:045401

Received: 30 November 2004

Accepted: 1 September 2005

Published: 21 March 2006


By adopting multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) technologies, indoor wireless systems could reach data rates up to several hundreds of Mbits/s and achieve spectral efficiencies of several tens of bits/Hz/s, which are unattainable for conventional single-input single-output systems. The enhancements of data rate and spectral efficiency come from the fact that MIMO and OFDM schemes are indeed parallel transmission technologies in the space and frequency domains, respectively. To validate the functionality and feasibility of MIMO and OFDM technologies, we set up a four-transmitter four-receiver OFDM testbed in a typical indoor environment, which achieves a peak data rate of 525 Mbits/s and a spectral efficiency of 19.2 bits/Hz/s. The performances including MIMO channel characteristics, bit-error rate against signal-to-noise ratio curves, the impairments of carrier frequency offset and channel estimation inaccuracy, and an asymmetric MIMO scheme are reported and analyzed in this paper.


Indoor EnvironmentSpectral EfficiencyMIMO ChannelRatio CurveEstimation Inaccuracy


Authors’ Affiliations

ECE Department, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, USA
Communications and Networking Division, Information Technology and Telecommunications Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, USA
Kiyon Company, La Jolla, USA


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