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Massive MIMO Systems with Non-Ideal Hardware: Energy Efficiency, Estimation, and Capacity Limits
KTH Royal Institute Technology, Sweden; Supelec, France.
Bell Labs, Germany.
CentraleSupelec, France.
CentraleSupelec, France.
2014 (English)In: IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, ISSN 0018-9448, E-ISSN 1557-9654, Vol. 60, no 11, 7112-7139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of large-scale antenna arrays can bring substantial improvements in energy and/or spectral efficiency to wireless systems due to the greatly improved spatial resolution and array gain. Recent works in the field of massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) show that the user channels decorrelate when the number of antennas at the base stations (BSs) increases, thus strong signal gains are achievable with little interuser interference. Since these results rely on asymptotics, it is important to investigate whether the conventional system models are reasonable in this asymptotic regime. This paper considers a new system model that incorporates general transceiver hardwareimpairments at both the BSs (equipped with large antenna arrays) and the single-antenna user equipments (UEs). As opposed to the conventional case of ideal hardware, we show that hardwareimpairments create finite ceilings on the channel estimation accuracy and on the downlink/uplink capacity of each UE. Surprisingly, the capacity is mainly limited by the hardware at the UE, while the impact of impairments in the large-scale arrays vanishes asymptotically and interuser interference (in particular, pilot contamination) becomes negligible. Furthermore, we prove that the huge degrees of freedom offered by massive MIMO can be used to reduce the transmit power and/or to tolerate larger hardware impairments, which allows for the use of inexpensive and energy-efficient antenna elements.

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IEEE Press, 2014. Vol. 60, no 11, 7112-7139 p.
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Telecommunications Communication Systems Signal Processing
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-125372DOI: 10.1109/TIT.2014.2354403OAI: diva2:905176
Available from: 2016-02-21 Created: 2016-02-21 Last updated: 2016-04-11Bibliographically approved

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