Low complexity vector precoding for fast fading MIMO downlinks

Christos Masouros, Mathini Sellathurai, Tharm Ratnarajah

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Vector precoding (VP) requires the feed-forwarding of the transmit scaling factor to the receiver for correct detection. This can be problematic in fast fading scenarios where the statistics of the scaling factor change frequently and in limited feedback scenarios where the feed-forwarding to the receiver is prone to quanization errors. In response to this, a new VP scheme is proposed for the downlink of multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) systems with limited feedback. The proposed VP circumvens the need for receive-scaling by constraining the search of perturbing vectors to the area in the symbol consellation which is constrictive to the information symbols, i.e. the area where the distances from the decision tthresholds are increased with respect to a distance threshold. By doing this, the perturbation quantities need no be removed at the receiver and successful detection can be done without the use of the modulo operation and the scaling factor. In addition, instead of a computationally expensive sphere search used in conventional VP, the proposed scheme uses a MinMax Optimization to select the perturbation quantities. As illustrated by the analysis and results, the error floor encountered in conventional VP in limited feedback scenarios is avoided in the proposed scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479913534
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event56th IEEE Global Communications Conference 2013 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: 9 Dec 201313 Dec 2013


Conference56th IEEE Global Communications Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleGLOBECOM 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA


  • limited feedback
  • multi-user MIMO
  • non-linear precoding
  • Vector precoding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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