On OFDM and SC-FDE Transmissions in Millimeter Wave Channels with Beamforming

Authors: M. Wu, D. Wübben, A. Dekorsy, P. Baracca, V. Braun, H. Halbauer

The air interface for millimeter wave (mmWave) communications must be designed by properly taking into account the specific characteristics of the wireless channel at higher frequencies. In this work, we start by considering a channel model recently proposed in the literature for mmWave communications in outdoor urban scenarios. First, on top of this channel model we implement a sectorized beamforming model necessary to compensate the large path-loss at mmWave range and study how channel statistics, namely, delay spread and angle spread, are influenced by employing different beamwidths. Subsequently, adopting this beamforming model in the mmWave channel, orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) and single carrier frequency domain equalization (SC-FDE) systems are compared. Extensive link level simulations are performed by considering different beamwidths, line-of-sight (LOS) coverage and channel coding. Numerical results show that SC-FDE using minimum mean square error (MMSE) equalizer performs close to OFDM in coded systems. However, SC-FDE might be beneficial practically due to much lower peak to average power ratio (PAPR) than OFDM.

Document type: Conference Paper
Publication: Nanjing, China, 15. - 17. May 2016
Conference: IEEE 83rd Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2016-Spring)
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