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(11)EP 2 084 874 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
01.01.2020 Bulletin 2020/01

(21)Application number: 07833838.1

(22)Date of filing:  02.11.2007
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H04L 27/18  (2006.01)
H04B 7/06  (2006.01)
H04B 7/02  (2018.01)
H04L 27/26  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/KR2007/005530
(87)International publication number:
WO 2008/054178 (08.05.2008 Gazette  2008/19)

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METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING DATA USING PHASE SHIFT BASED PRECODING AND TRANSCEIVER SUPPORTING THE SAME

VERFAHREN ZUM ÜBERTRAGEN VON DATEN UNTER VERWENDUNG VON VORCODIERUNG AUF PHASENVERSCHIEBUNGSBASIS UND DIESES UNTERSTÜTZENDER SENDER/EMPFÄNGER

PROCÉDÉ DE TRANSMISSION DE DONNÉES UTILISANT UN PRÉCODAGE SUR LA BASE D'UN DÉPLACEMENT DE PHASE ET ÉMETTEUR RÉCEPTEUR SUPPORTANT CE PROCÉDÉ


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MT NL PL PT RO SE SI SK TR

(30)Priority: 02.11.2006 US 864126 P
09.04.2007 KR 20070034739

(43)Date of publication of application:
05.08.2009 Bulletin 2009/32

(73)Proprietor: LG Electronics Inc.
Seoul 07336 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • LEE, Moon Il
    Anyang-si Gyeonggi-do 431-749 (KR)
  • IHM, Bin Chul
    Anyang-si Gyeonggi-do 730-070 (KR)
  • LEE, Wook Bong
    Anyang-si Gyeonggi-do 431-749 (KR)
  • KO, Hyun Soo
    Anyang-si Gyeonggi-do 431-749 (KR)
  • CHANG, Jae Won
    Anyang-si Gyeonggi-do 431-749 (KR)

(74)Representative: Plasseraud IP 
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(56)References cited: : 
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Description

TECHNICAL FIELD



[0001] The present invention relates to a method of transmitting data using Phase Shift Based Precoding in a multi-antenna system using a plurality of subcarriers and a transceiver supporting the same.

BACKGROUND ART



[0002] The document US 2006/056335 A1 relates to a method to reduce the size of the feedback information in a closed loop MIMO system.

[0003] The document WO 2006/018710 A1 relates to MIMO systems and methods for performing wireless communication, and more particularly relates to MIMO systems and methods for precoding signals to provide diversity gain in performing wireless communication.

[0004] The document XP011107796 relates to optimal minimum Distance-Based Precoder for MIMO Spatial Multiplexing Systems.

[0005] Recently, the demand for a wireless communication service has rapidly risen owing to the generalization of information communication services, the advent of various multimedia services, and the appearance of high-quality services. To actively cope with the demand, a size of a communication system should be raised in the first place. In order to raise a communication size in a wireless communication environment, it is able to consider a method of finding a new available frequency band or a method of raising efficiency for limited resources. For the latter method, a spatial domain for resource utilization is additionally secured to obtain a diversity gain in a manner of providing a plurality of antennas to a transmitter and receiver or a transmission size of capacity is raised in a manner of transmitting data in parallel through each antenna. Such a technology is called a multi-antenna transmitting/receiving technique to which many efforts have been actively made to research and develop.

[0006] In the multi-antenna transmitting/receiving technique, a general structure of a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) system using OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) is explained with reference to FIG. 1 as follows.

[0007] In a transmitting end, a channel encoder 101 reduces influence caused by channel or noise in a manner of attaching a redundant bit to a transmission data bit. A mapper 103 transforms data bit information into data symbol information. A serial-to-parallel converter 105 parallelizes a data symbol to carry on a plurality of subcarriers. A multi-antenna encoder 107 transforms a parallelized data symbol into a spatiotemporal signal.

[0008] In a receiving end, a multi-antenna decoder 109, a parallel-to-serial converter 111, a demapper 113 and a channel decoder 115 plays functions reverse to those of the multi-antenna encoder 107, the serial-to-parallel converter 105, the mapper 103 and the channel encoder 101 in the transmitting end, respectively.

[0009] Various techniques are required for a MIMO-OFDM system to enhance data transmission reliability. As a scheme for increasing a spatial diversity gain, there is space-time code (STC), cyclic delay diversity (CDD) or the like. As a scheme for increasing a signal to noise ratio (SNR), there is beamforming (BF), precoding or the like. In this case, the space-time code or the cyclic delay diversity scheme is normally employed to provide robustness for an open-loop system in which feedback information is not available at the transmitting end due to fast time update of the channel. In other hand, the beamforming or the precoding is normally employed in a closed-loop system in order to maximize a signal to noise ratio by using feedback information which includes a spatial channel property.

[0010] As a scheme for increasing a spatial diversity gain and a scheme for increasing a signal to noise ratio among the above-mentioned schemes, cyclic delay diversity and precoding are explained in detail as follows.

[0011] First of all, in the cyclic delay scheme, a receiving end obtains a frequency diversity gain in a manner that every antenna transmits a signal differing in delay or size in transmitting an OFDM signal in a system provided with a plurality of transmitting antennas. FIG. 2 shows a configuration of a multi-antenna transmitter using a cyclic diversity scheme.

[0012] OFDM symbol is transmitted through each antennas and different value of cyclic delay is applied across the transmit antennas. A cyclic prefix (CP) is attached thereto to prevent inter-channel interference. The corresponding signal is then transmitted to a receiving end. In doing so, a data sequence delivered from a first antenna is intactly transmitted to the receiving end. Yet, data sequences delivered from the other antennas are transmitted in a manner of being cyclically delayed by predetermined bits rather than a previous antenna.

[0013] Meanwhile, if the cyclic delay diversity scheme is implemented on a frequency domain, the cyclic delay can be represented as a multiplication of a phase sequence. In particular, referring to FIG. 3, each data sequence on a frequency domain is multiplied by a prescribed phase sequence (phase sequence 1 ∼ phase sequence M) set different for each antenna, fast inverse Fourier transform (IFFT) is performed thereon, and a corresponding result is then transmitted to a receiving end. This is called a phase shift diversity scheme.

[0014] The phase shift diversity scheme can artificially introduce frequency selectivity into a flat fading channel by increasing delay spread of the channel at the receiving end. Thereby, a frequency diversity gain or a frequency scheduling gain can be obtained.

[0015] The precoding scheme includes a codebook based precoding scheme used for a case that feedback information is finite in a closed loop system or a scheme for quantizing to feed back channel information. The codebook based precoding is a scheme for obtaining a signal to noise ratio (SNR) gain in a manner of feeding back a precoding matrix index already known to transmitting and receiving ends to the transmitting end.

[0016] FIG. 4 is a block diagram of transmitting and receiving ends of a multi-antenna system using the codebook based precoding according to a related art.

[0017] Referring to FIG. 4, each of transmitting and receiving ends has predefined finite precoding matrixes (P1∼PL). The receiving end feeds back an preferred or optimal precoding matrix index (1) to the transmitting end using channel information. The transmitting end applies a precoding matrix corresponding to the fed-back index to transmission data (x1∼XMt). For reference, Table 1 exemplarily shows a codebook applicable to a case that 3-bit feedback information is used by IEEE 802.16e system supporting a spatial multiplexing rate 2 with two transmitting antennas.
[Table 1]
Matrix index (binary)Column1Column2Matrix index (binary)Column1Column2
000 1 0 100 0.7941 0.6038 - j0.0689
0 1 0.6038 + j0.0689 -0.7941
001 0.7940 -0.5801 - j0.1818 101 0.3289 0.6614 - j0.6740
-0.5801 + j0.1818 -0.7940 0.6614 + j0.6740 -0.3289
010 0-7940 0.0576 - j0.6051 110 0.5112 0.4754 + j0.7160
0.0576 + j0.6051 -0.7940 0.4754 - j0.7160 -0.5112
011 0.7941 -0.2978 + j0.5298 111 0.3289 -0.8779 + j0.3481
-0.2978 - j0.5298 -0.7941 -0.8779 - j0.3481 -0.3289

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION


TECHNICAL PROBLEM



[0018] The above-explained phase shift diversity scheme is also advantageous in obtaining a frequency selectivity diversity gain in an open loop and a frequency scheduling gain in a closed loop. Therefore, the phase shift diversity scheme has been studied and investigated so far.

[0019] However, the conventional phase shift diversity scheme restricts the spatial multiplexing rate as 1, thus maximum data rate is also restricted. Thus, it could not achieve full system throughput even though higher data rate can be obtained in a channel.

[0020] Since the above-explained codebook based precoding scheme is able to use a high spatial multiplexing rate by requiring small-size feedback information (index information), it is advantageous in enabling effective data transmission.

[0021] However, the codebook based precoding scheme requires feedback information indicating a specific precoding vector or matrix which is properly chosen at the receiver by considering current channel status. However, if mobile speed gets higher the channel status can be rapidly changed. In other words, feedback information is not the optimal choice anymore due to fast channel update in high mobile speed. Therefore, it is not appropriate to be used under the highly time varying channel.

TECHNICAL SOLUTION



[0022] Accordingly, the present invention is directed to a method of transmitting data using Phase Shift Based Precoding scheme in a multi-antenna system using a plurality of subcarriers and transceiver supporting the same that substantially obviates one or more of the problems due to limitations and disadvantages of the related art.

[0023] An object of the present invention is to provide a phase shift based precoding scheme, by which disadvantages of the related art cyclic delay diversity, phase shift diversity and precoding schemes can be compensated.

[0024] Another object of the present invention is to select a unitary matrix usable in a phase shift based precoding scheme according to various references.

ADVANTAGEOUS EFFECTS



[0025] Accordingly, the present invention provides the following effects or advantages.

[0026] First of all, the present invention enable efficient communication through a phase shift based precoding scheme that compensates for disadvantages of the related art cyclic delay diversity, phase shift diversity and precoding scheme.

[0027] In particular, the present invention enables a unitary matrix constructing a phase shift based precoding scheme to be selected or transformed in accordance with various references including a communication situation and the like, thereby enabling optimized communication.

DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS



[0028] The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide a further understanding of the invention and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate embodiments of the invention and together with the description serve to explain the principles of the invention.

[0029] In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a block diagram of an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing system having multiple transmitting and receiving antennas;

FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a transmitting end of a multi-antenna system using a cyclic delay diversity scheme;

FIG. 3 is a block diagram of a transmitting end of a multi-antenna system using a phase shift diversity scheme;

FIG. 4 is a block diagram of transmitting and receiving ends of a multi-antenna system using a precoding scheme;

FIG. 5 is a block diagram of a transceiver for performing phase shift based precoding scheme;

FIG. 6 is a diagram for graphs of two kinds of application examples of phase shift based precoding scheme or phase shift diversity scheme;

FIG. 7 is a block diagram of SCW OFDM transceiver having a phase shift based precoding scheme applied thereto according to one embodiment of the present invention; and

FIG. 8 is a block diagram of MCW OFDM transceiver having a phase shift based precoding scheme applied thereto according to one embodiment of the present invention.


BEST MODE


MODE FOR INVENTION



[0030] The invention is defined by the appended claims. In the following, embodiments not falling within the scope of the claims should be understood as examples useful to understand the invention.

[0031] Reference will now be made in detail to the preferred embodiments of the present invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

<First Embodiment> Phase Shift Based Precoding


Generation of phase shift based precoding matrix



[0032] FIG. 5 is a block diagram of a transceiver for performing phase shift based precoding.

[0033] In a phase shift based precoding method, every stream to be transmitted is transmitted via entire antenna in a manner of being multiplied by sequence having a different phase.

[0034] Generally, if a phase sequence is generated using a small cyclic delay value, frequency selectivity is generated from a channel in a receiver and a size of channel increases or decreases in accordance with a frequency domain.

[0035] Referring to FIG. 5, a transmitter secures a scheduling gain in a manner of assigning a user terminal to a part having an enhanced channel status due to an increased frequency on a frequency band fluctuating in accordance with a relatively small cyclic delay value. In this case, a phase shift based precoding matrix is used to apply a uniformly increasing or decreasing cyclic delay value to each antenna.

[0036] A phase shift based precoding matrix (P) can be represented as follows.



[0037] In Formula 1,

(i = 1,...,Nt, j = 1,...,R) indicates a complex weight determined by a subcarrier index or a specific frequency band index k, 'Nt' indicates a number of transmitting antennas, and 'R' indicates a spatial multiplexing rate.

[0038] In this case, the complex weight can have a value varying in accordance with an OFDM symbol by which an antenna is multiplied and an index of a corresponding subcarrier. And, the complex weight can be determined in accordance with at least one of a channel status and a presence or non-presence of feedback information.

[0039] Meanwhile, the phase shift based precoding matrix (P) shown in Formula 1 is preferably designed into a unitary matrix to reduce loss of a channel capacity in a multi-antenna system. In this case, a channel capacity of a multi-antenna open loop system is represented as the following formula to look into a condition for the unitary matrix configuration.



[0040] In Formula 2, 'H' indicates an Nr x Nt multi-antenna channel matrix, 'Nt' indicates a number of transmitting antennas, and 'Nr' indicates a number of receiving antennas. A result from applying the phase shift based precoding matrix P to Formula 2 is shown in Formula 3.



[0041] In Formula 3, since PPH should be an identity matrix to prevent a loss of a channel capacity, the phase shift based precoding matrix P should correspond to a unitary matrix that satisfies the following conditions.



[0042] In order for the phase shift based precoding matrix P to become a unitary matrix, the following two kinds of conditions, i.e., a power restriction condition and an orthogonality restriction condition. The power restriction is to enable a sum of squared column elements per a column constructing a matrix to be 1. And, the orthogonality restriction is to provide an orthogonal characteristic between columns. The conditions are represented as the following formulas.





[0043] According to one embodiment of the present invention, a generalized formula of 2 × 2 phase shift based precoding matrix is proposed. And, formulas to satisfy the above two kinds of conditions are taken into consideration as follows. Formula 7 shows a general formula of a phase shift based precoding matrix having two transmitting antennas with a spatial multiplexing rate 2.



[0044] In Formula 7, αi or βi (i = 1, 2) is a real number, θi (i = 1, 2, 3, 4) has a phase value, and k indicates a subcarrier index of OFDM symbol. In order to implement the precoding matrix into a unitary matrix, a power restriction condition shown in Formula 8 and an orthogonality restriction condition shown in Formula 9 should be met.





[0045] In this case, a mark '*' indicates a conjugate complex number. One embodiment of 2 × 2 phase shift based precoding matrix, which satisfies Formulas 7 to 9, is shown as follows.



[0046] In Formula 10, the relation shown in Formula 11 exists between θ2 and θ3 due to the orthogonality restriction.



[0047] Meanwhile, a precoding matrix can be stored as a codebook in a memory of a transmitting and/or receiving end. And, the codebook can be configured to include various precoding matrixes generated through a finite number of different θ2 values.

[0048] In this case, the θ2 value can be suitably set in accordance with a channel status and a presence or non-presence of feedback information. In case of using feedback information, it is able to obtain a frequency scheduling gain by setting θ2 small. In case of not using feedback information, it is able to obtain a high frequency diversity gain by setting θ2 large.

<Second Embodiment> - Generalized Phase Shift Diversity



[0049] In the former description, a process for configuring a phase shift based precoding matrix in case of four transmitting antennas with a spatial multiplexing rate 2 has been explained.

[0050] Phase shift based precoding can be generalized by the method represented as Formula 12 for a system having Nt transmitting antennas (Nt is a natural number equal to or greater than 2) with a spatial multiplexing rate R (R is a natural number equal to or greater than 1).

[0051] In the following description, generalized phase shift based precoding is named generalized phase shift diversity (hereinafter abbreviated GPSD).



[0052] In Formula 12,

indicates a GPSD matrix for a kth subcarrier of an MIMO-OFDM signal having Nt transmitting antennas with a spatial multiplexing rate R. The first matrix at the right of an equal sign '=' is a diagonal matrix for phase shift, and the second matrix at the right of an equal sign '=' is a unitary matrix which spreads data symbols of each codeword in spatial domain and it should satisfy the unitary condition as

in order not to hurt open-loop channel capacity.

[0053] In Formula 12, a phase angle θi (i=1,...,Nt) can be obtained from Formula 13 in accordance with a delay value τi(i=1,...,Nt).



[0054] In Formula 13, Nfft indicates a number of subcarriers of an OFDM signal.

[0055] An example of a GPSD matrix in case of using a 1-bit codebook with two transmitting antennas is shown in Formula 14.



[0056] In Formula 14, if a value of α is set, a value of β is easily determined. So, by setting information about the α value to two kinds of appropriate values, it is able to feed back the corresponding information as a feedback index. For instance, agreement between a transmitter and a receiver can be settled in advance in a manner of setting α to 0.2 if a feedback index is 0 or setting α to 0.8 if a feedback index is 1.

[0057] As an example of the second matrix, a prescribed precoding matrix is usable to obtain a signal to noise ratio (SNR) gain. In particular, in case of using Walsh code as the precoding matrix, an example of phase shift based precoding matrix (P) is shown in FIG. 15.



[0058] Formula 15 assumes a system having four transmitting antennas with a spatial multiplexing rate 4. In this case, by reconfiguring the second matrix appropriately, it is able to select a specific transmitting antenna (antenna selection) or tune a spatial multiplexing rate (rate tuning) .

[0059] Formula 16 shows a reconfiguration of the second matrix to select two antennas from the system having four transmitting antennas.



[0060] And, Table 2 shows a method of reconfiguring the second matrix to fit a corresponding multiplexing rate in case that a spatial multiplexing rate varies in accordance with a time or a channel status.



[0061] In Table 2, a case of selecting a first column from the second matrix, a case of selecting first and second columns from the second matrix, and a case of selecting first to fourth columns from the second matrix are shown in accordance with multiplexing rates, respectively. But the present invention is not limited to such a case. Any combination of the first, second, third and fourth columns may be selected and the number of selected columns are according to the multiplexing rate.

[0062] Meanwhile, the second matrix can be provided as a codebook in a transmitting end and a receiving end. In this case, index information for a codebook is fed back to the transmitting end from the receiving end. The transmitting end selects a unitary matrix (the second matrix) of a corresponding index from its codebook and then configures a phase shift based precoding matrix using Formula 12.

[0063] Moreover, the second matrix can be periodically modified to enable carrier(s) transmitted for a same timeslot to have a different precoding matrix per a frequency band.

[0064] Besides, a cyclic delay value for phase shift based precoding is a value preset in a transceiver or a value delivered to a transmitter by a receiver through feedback. And, a spatial multiplexing rate (R) can be a value present in a transmitter/receiver. Alternatively, a receiver periodically obtains a channel status, calculates a spatial multiplexing rate, and then feeds back the spatial multiplexing rate to a transmitter. Alternatively, a transmitter can calculate and modify a spatial multiplexing rate using channel information fed back by a receiver.

[0065] An example of a GPSD matrix using 2 × 2 and 4 × 4 Walsh codes as a unitary matrix for obtaining GPSD is summarized as Table 3 and Table 4.
[Table 3]
2 Tx
Rate 1Rate 2




[Table 4]
4 Tx
Rate 1Rate 2Rate 4








[0066] By the above-explained phase shift based precoding/generalized phase shift diversity according to the first/second embodiment of the present invention, a flat fading channel can be converted to a frequency selectivity channel and a frequency diversity gain or a frequency scheduling gain can be obtained in accordance with a size of a delay sample.

[0067] FIG. 6 is a diagram for graphs of two kinds of applications of phase shift based precoding and phase shift diversity.

[0068] Referring to a right upper part of FIG. 9, in case of using a cyclic delay (or a delay sample) having a large value, a frequency selectivity cycle is increased. Hence, frequency selectivity is raised and a channel code can obtain a frequency diversity gain eventually.

[0069] Even if a SNR of a flat fading channel situation is lower than a required SNR for reliable transmission/ reception, more robust signal transmission can be provided by increasing frequency selectivity with large delay sampled cyclic delay diversity due to its frequency diversity gain. Hence, it is advantageous that transmission/reception reliability is significantly increased without channel information. This could be employed for an open loop system in which channel information is not available at the transmitter due to fast time update of the channel.

[0070] Referring to a right lower part of FIG. 9, in case of using a cyclic delay (or a delay sample) having a small value, a frequency selectivity cycle is slightly increased. So, a closed loop system uses it to obtain a frequency scheduling gain by allocating a frequency resource to an area having a best channel status.

[0071] In particular, in case that a phase sequence is generated using a small cyclic delay in applying the phase shift based precoding or the generalized phase shift diversity, a flat fading channel can convert to a frequency selectivity channel to have a channel fluctuation. That is, there can exist a channel size increased part and a channel size deceased part in the frequency selectivity channel converted from a flat fading channel. Hence, a part of subcarrier area of an OFDM symbol increases in channel size, while another part of subcarrier area of the OFDM symbol decreases in channel size.

[0072] Referring to the right lower part of FIG. 9, a transmitter is able to obtain frequency diversity effect by assigning a user terminal to a part to have a good channel status due to increased channel strength on a frequency band fluctuating in accordance with a relatively small cyclic delay value. In doing so, in order to apply a uniformly increasing or decreasing cyclic delay value to each antenna, a phase shift based precoding matrix can be used.

[0073] In this case, in an OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access) system accommodating a plurality of users, if a per-user signal is transmitted via a part of frequency band having an increased channel size, a SNR(signal to noise ration) can be raised. And, it frequently happens that a frequency band having an increased channel size differs per a user. So, in an aspect of a system, a multi-user diversity scheduling gain can be obtained. Moreover, since a receiving side simply transmits CQI (channel quality indicator) information of a part enabling each resource allocation of the frequency band for feedback information only, it is advantageous that feedback information is relatively reduced.<Third Embodiment> - Time-Variable Type Generalized Phase Shift Diversity

[0074] In the GPSD shown in Formula 12, a phase angle (θi) and a unitary matrix (U) can be modified in accordance with time variation. And, the time-variable type GPSD can be represented as follows.



[0075] In Formula 18a,

indicates a GPSD matrix for a kth subcarrier of an MIMO-OFDM signal having Nt transmitting antennas with a spatial multiplexing rate R at a specific time t. And, the first matrix at the right of an equal sign '=' is a diagonal matrix for phase shift, and the second matrix at the right of an equal sign '=' is a unitary matrix which spreads data symbols of each codeword in spatial domain and it should satisfy the unitary condition as

in order not to hurt open-loop channel capacity.

[0076] In Formula 17, a phase angle θi(t) (i=1,...,Nt) can result in Formula 18 in accordance with a delay value τi(t) (i=1,...,Nt).



[0077] In this case, Nfft indicates a number of subcarriers of an OFDM signal.

[0078] Referring to Formula 17 and Formula 18, a time delay sample value or a unitary matrix can vary in accordance with lapse of time. In this case, a unit of time can be an OFDM symbol unit or a time of a predetermined unit.

[0079] Examples of GPSD matrix, which uses 2 × 2 or 4 × 4 Walsh code as an unitary matrix to obtain a time-variable type GPSD, are summarized as follows.
[Table 5]
2 Tx
Rate 1Rate 2


 


 
[Table 6]
4 Tx
Rate 1Rate 2Rate 4


 


 


 

<Fourth Embodiment> - Codebook Based Precoding



[0080] The GPSD schemes used in the above-explained embodiments can be used in various ways in accordance with a type of a precoder.

[0081] A unitary precoding matrix such as

in Formula 12 or

in Formula 18 can be used in a manner that at least one of precoding matrixes are predetermined in advance by a transmitting end and a receiving end or in a manner that a specific precoding matrix is fed back. The former scheme is called codebook based precoding and represented as follows.



[0082] In Formula 19,

(n=1, ..., Nc) indicates an nth precoding matrix in a set of precoding matrixes (this is called a codebook). And, Nc precoding matrixes are included in the codebook. The codebook based precoding is applicable in various types as follows.

Codebook Based Precoding Application Example 1



[0083] This application example 1, in which a phase angle θi(t) (i=1,...,Nt) is used as a fixed value for a predetermined time, relates to a method of selecting to use a precoding matrix within a codebook with a predetermined pattern per a subcarrier or in accordance with a time in an OFDM system.

[0084] For explanation of the present application example, Formula 19 can be expressed as follows.



[0085] In Formula 20, mk indicates an index of a precoding matrix corresponding to a kth subcarrier and satisfies a condition of mk ∈ {1, ..., Nc }. In this case, an index of a subcarrier can be selected according to a previously agreed specific pattern or randomly. Alternatively, an index of precoding matrix can be selected by Formula 21 in which each precoding matrix is cyclically allocated in subcarrier level or frequency resource level according to resource or subcarrier index k as follows


Codebook Based Precoding Application Example 2



[0086] This application example 2 uses a phase angle θi(t) (i=1,...,Nt) as a fixed value for a predetermined time and also uses a same precoding matrix in an OFDM system for a predetermined time. Yet, in case that a multiplexing rate of a precoding matrix is equal to or greater than 2 (R>1), each column of the fixed precoding can be switched to use according to a previously agreed specific pattern per a subcarrier or in accordance with time.

[0087] For explanation of the present application example, Formula 19 can be expressed as follows.



[0088] In Formula 22,

indicates a transformable mth precoding matrix in a codebook for a kth subcarrier at a specific time t. In case that a multiplexing rate of a corresponding precoding matrix is 2, an exemplary transformation of precoding matrix can be expressed as follows.





[0089] In Table 7, Pi,j indicates a precoding weight for a jth transmission symbol transmitted via an ith antenna. In Table 7, it can be confirmed that there are two types generated from switching columns of an mth precoding matrix in accordance with subcarrier k or time t. An exemplary transformation of precoding matrix in case of expanding a spatial multiplexing rate to r can be represented as follows.



[0090] Referring to Table 8, a transformation of an mth precoding matrix of a codebook for a kth subcarrier at a specific time t can correspond to one of index_1 to index_N, which can be differently selected per a subcarrier.

[0091] Formula 22 can be summarized with contents of Table 7 and Table 8 into Formula 23.



[0092] In Formula 23, Φk mathematically depicts a column switching scheme of a precoding matrix in Table 7 or Table 8 and can be expressed in accordance with a spatial multiplexing rate as Formula 24.



[0093] In addition, a column switching scheme of Formula 24 can be expressed as a different formation with the same characteristics, which is applicable as Formula 25 for example.


Codebook Based Precoding Application Example 3



[0094] This application example 3 uses a phase angle θi(t) (i=1,...,Nt) as a fixed value for a predetermined time and also uses a same precoding matrix for a predetermined time. Yet, by adding a predetermined amount of a phase angle in a phase shift matrix per a subcarrier or in accordance with a time, a frequency diversity gain can be obtained.

[0095] For explanation of the present application example, Formula 19 can be expressed as follows.


Codebook Based Precoding Application Example 4



[0096] This application example 4 uses a phase shift matrix in Formula 19 by switching a row or column position in accordance with a time or a subcarrier of OFDM symbol. Hence, a frequency diversity gain can be obtained.

Codebook Based Precoding Application Example 5



[0097] This application example 5 is applied to a system that uses a multi-user multi-antenna scheme. In Formula 19, each user (receiving end) feeds back its preferred vector index in a whole precoding matrix of a codebook. A transmitting end generates a precoding matrix by combining the fed-back vector index and then performs precoding using the generated precoding matrix.

[0098] To explain the present application example, Formula 17 can be expressed as follows.



[0099] In Formula 27, PNt×R(t) indicates a precoding matrix combined through vector index fed back by a single user or several users and may not satisfy a unitary matrix condition. PNt×R(t) is represented in detail as follows.



[0100] In Table 9, a phase angle θi(t) (i=1,...,Nt) can be set in a manner of being modified in accordance with user's mobility. Preferably, the phase angle is set to a small value at a low speed or a large value at a high speed.

Transceiver for Performing Phase Shift Based Precoding



[0101] FIG. 7 is a block diagram of SCW OFDM transceiver having a phase shift based precoding scheme applied thereto according to one embodiment of the present invention and FIG. 8 is a block diagram of MCW OFDM transceiver according to one embodiment of the present invention.

[0102] Configurations including a channel encoder 510/610, an interleaver 520/620, an IFFT (inverse fast Fourier transform) 550/650, an analog converter 560/660, and the like are equal to those shown in FIG. 1. So, their details are omitted in the following description. And, a precoder 540/640 is explained in detail as follows.

[0103] A precoder 540/640 according to the present invention includes a precoding matrix determining module 541/641 and a precoding module 543/643 and may further include a matrix reconfiguring module 542/642.

[0104] The precoding matrix determining module 541/641 determines a phase shift based precoding matrix in a manner of multiplying a first matrix as a diagonal matrix for phase shift and a second matrix satisfying a unitary matrix condition together like Formula 13 or Formula 18. In this case, the second matrix can be selected from a codebook in which at least two unitary matrixes are stored. An index of the second matrix can be selected in accordance with a previously agreed specific pattern or randomly. Alternatively an index of the second matrix can be calculated by a modulo operation such as Formula 21.

[0105] The matrix reconfiguring module 542/642, if a multiplexing rate of the phase shift based precoding matrix is equal to or greater than 2, reconfigures the phase shift based precoding matrix by switching each column of the phase shift based precoding matrix. And, the matrix reconfiguring module 542/642 can reconfigure the phase shift based precoding matrix in a manner of adding a prescribed offset to a phase angle of the first matrix by a prescribed time unit.

[0106] If a second matrix index (precoding index) of the codebook and a column vector are fed back from a plurality of receiving ends, the matrix reconfiguring module 542/642 selects the second matrix of the fed-back index, extracts a column corresponding to the column vector from the corresponding matrix, and the combines the extracted columns to configure a new second matrix. Alternatively, the matrix reconfiguring module 542/642 selects a prescribed number of columns corresponding to a prescribed spatial multiplexing rate from the second matrix and then reconfigures the second matrix including the selected columns only.

[0107] The precoding module 543/643 performs precoding in a manner of multiplying each of the determined precoding matrixes by an OFDM symbol for a corresponding subcarrier.

[0108] Besides, it is apparent to those skilled in the art that a memory (not shown in the drawings) storing various kinds of setup informations, a receiving circuit (not shown in the drawings) receiving feedback information, a controller (not shown in the drawings) controlling the above-explained elements overall and the like are provided to implement the transceiver according to the present invention.

[0109] In particular, a codebook for phase shift based precoding can be stored in the memory. And, the codebook includes at least one phase shift based precoding matrix item and at least one index item for each matrix.

[0110] The receiving circuit receives a signal transmitted by a receiver via an antenna, digitalizes the received signal, and then sends the digitalized signal to the controller.

[0111] Information extracted from the signal received by the receiving circuit can include channel quality information (CQI). The CQI is the information the receiver feeds back to the transmitter 100 for a coding scheme or a modulation scheme. In particular, the CQI can include at least one of index information on a phase shift based precoding matrix and index information for specifying a specific coding rate and/or a modulation size. And, MCS (modulation and coding scheme) level index can be used as the index information.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY



[0112] Accordingly, the present invention enable efficient communication through a phase shift based precoding scheme that compensates for disadvantages of the related art cyclic delay diversity, phase shift diversity and precoding scheme. In particular, the present invention enables a unitary matrix constructing a phase shift based precoding scheme to be selected or transformed in accordance with various references including a communication situation and the like, thereby enabling optimized communication.

[0113] While the present invention has been described and illustrated herein with reference to the preferred embodiments thereof, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various modifications and variations can be made therein without departing from the scope of the invention. Thus, it is intended that the present invention covers the modifications and variations of this invention that come within the scope of the appended claims.


Claims

1. A method of transmitting data using phase shift based precoding in a multi-antenna system using a plurality of subcarriers, the method comprising:

determining a first matrix as a part of a phase shift based precoding matrix, the first matrix being a diagonal phase shift matrix;

determining a second matrix from a codebook storing at least one unitary matrix as another part of the phase shift based precoding matrix;

determining the phase shift based precoding matrix by multiplying the first matrix and the second matrix together; and

performing precoding by multiplying the phase shift based precoding matrix by a symbol of a corresponding subcarrier of the plurality of subcarriers,

wherein the second matrix is a unitary matrix selected by a precoding matrix index within the codebook, the precoding matrix index being a result of performing a modulo-N operation on a subcarrier index k of the corresponding subcarrier, N being a size of the codebook.


 
2. The method of claim 1, wherein if a multiplexing rate of the second matrix is equal to or greater than 2, columns of the second matrix are switched with each other per subcarrier or time unit.
 
3. The method of claim 1 or claim 2, wherein a prescribed phase angle per subcarrier or time unit is added to the phase shift of the first matrix.
 
4. A transceiver for performing phase shift based precoding, wherein the transceiver is configured to transmit data in a multi-antenna system using a plurality of subcarriers, the transceiver comprising:

a precoding matrix determining module configured to determine a first matrix as a part of a phase shift based precoding matrix, the first matrix being a diagonal phase shift matrix, to determine a second matrix from a codebook storing at least one unitary matrix as another part of the phase shift based precoding matrix, and to determine the phase shift based precoding matrix by multiplying the first matrix and the second matrix together; and

a precoding module configured to perform precoding by multiplying the phase shift based precoding matrix by a symbol of a corresponding subcarrier of the plurality of subcarriers,

wherein the second matrix is a unitary matrix selected by a precoding matrix index within the codebook, the precoding matrix index being a result of performing a modulo-N operation on a subcarrier index k of the corresponding subcarrier, N being a size of the codebook.


 
5. The transceiver of claim 4, further comprising a precoding matrix reconfiguring module configured to switch columns of the second matrix with each other per subcarrier or time unit, if a multiplexing rate of the second matrix is equal to or greater than 2.
 
6. The transceiver of claim 4, further comprising a precoding matrix reconfiguring module adding a prescribed phase angle per subcarrier or time unit to the phase shift of the first matrix.
 


Ansprüche

1. Verfahren zur Übertragung von Daten unter Verwendung von Vorkodierung auf Phasenverschiebungsbasis in einem Mehrantennensystem unter Verwendung mehrerer Subträger, wobei das Verfahren aufweist:

Bestimmen einer ersten Matrix als einen Teil einer Vorkodierungsmatrix auf Phasenverschiebungsbasis, wobei die erste Matrix eine diagonale Phasenverschiebungsmatrix ist;

Bestimmen einer zweiten Matrix aus einem Kodebuch, das wenigstens eine unitäre Matrix als einen anderen Teil der Vorkodierungsmatrix auf Phasenverschiebungsbasis speichert;

Bestimmen der Vorkodierungsmatrix auf Phasenverschiebungsbasis durch Miteinandermultiplizieren der ersten Matrix und der zweiten Matrix; und

Durchführen der Vorkodierung durch Multiplizieren der Vorkodierungsmatrix auf Phasenverschiebungsbasis mit einem Symbol eines entsprechenden Subträgers der mehreren Subträger,

wobei die zweite Matrix eine unitäre Matrix ist, die durch einen Vorkodierungsmatrixindex in dem Kodebuch ausgewählt wird, wobei der Vorkodierungsmatrixindex ein Ergebnis der Durchführung einer Modulo-N-Operation auf einen Subträgerindex k des entsprechenden Subträgers ist, wobei N eine Größe des Kodebuchs ist.


 
2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei, wenn eine Multiplexrate der zweiten Matrix größer oder gleich 2 ist, Spalten der zweiten Matrix pro Subträger oder Zeiteinheit miteinander vertauscht werden.
 
3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder Anspruch 2, wobei zu der Phasenverschiebung der ersten Matrix ein vorgeschriebener Phasenwinkel pro Subträger oder Zeiteinheit addiert wird.
 
4. Transceiver zum Durchführen einer Vorkodierung auf Phasenverschiebungsbasis, wobei der Transceiver konfiguriert ist, um Daten in einem Mehrantennensystem unter Verwendung mehrerer Subträger zu übertragen, wobei der Transceiver aufweist:

ein Vorkodierungsmatrix-Bestimmungsmodul, das konfiguriert ist, um eine erste Matrix als einen Teil einer Vorkodierungsmatrix auf Phasenverschiebungsbasis zu bestimmen, wobei die erste Matrix eine diagonale Phasenverschiebungsmatrix ist, eine zweite Matrix aus einem Kodebuch, das wenigstens eine unitäre Matrix als einen anderen Teil der Vorkodierungsmatrix auf Phasenverschiebungsbasis speichert, zu bestimmen, und die Vorkodierungsmatrix auf Phasenverschiebungsbasis durch Miteinandermultiplizieren der ersten Matrix und der zweiten Matrix zu bestimmen; und

ein Vorkodierungsmodul, das konfiguriert ist, um die Vorkodierung durch Multiplizieren der Vorkodierungsmatrix auf Phasenverschiebungsbasis mit einem Symbol eines entsprechenden Subträgers der mehreren Subträger durchzuführen,

wobei die zweite Matrix eine unitäre Matrix ist, die durch einen Vorkodierungsmatrixindex in dem Kodebuch ausgewählt wird, wobei der Vorkodierungsmatrixindex ein Ergebnis der Durchführung einer Modulo-N-Operation auf einen Subträgerindex k des entsprechenden Subträgers ist, wobei N eine Größe des Kodebuchs ist.


 
5. Transceiver nach Anspruch 4, der ferner ein Vorkodierungsmatrix-Neukonfigurierungsmodul aufweist, das konfiguriert ist, um Spalten der zweiten Matrix pro Subträger oder Zeiteinheit miteinander zu vertauschen, wenn eine Multiplexrate der zweiten Matrix größer oder gleich 2 ist.
 
6. Transceiver nach Anspruch 4, der ferner ein Vorkodierungsmatrix-Neukonfigurierungsmodul aufweist, das konfiguriert ist, um zu der Phasenverschiebung der ersten Matrix einen vorgeschriebenen Phasenwinkel pro Subträger oder Zeiteinheit zu addieren.
 


Revendications

1. Procédé d'émission de données utilisant un précodage basé sur un déphasage dans un système à plusieurs antennes utilisant une pluralité de sous-porteuses, le procédé comprenant :

la détermination d'une première matrice en tant que partie d'une matrice de précodage basée sur un déphasage, la première matrice étant une matrice de déphasage diagonale ;

la détermination d'une seconde matrice à partir d'un livre de codes stockant au moins une matrice unitaire en tant qu'autre partie de la matrice de précodage basée sur un déphasage ;

la détermination de la matrice de précodage basée sur un déphasage en multipliant la première matrice et la seconde matrice ensemble ; et

la réalisation d'un précodage en multipliant la matrice de précodage basée sur un déphasage par un symbole d'une sous-porteuse correspondante de la pluralité de sous-porteuses,

dans lequel la seconde matrice est une matrice unitaire sélectionnée par un indice de matrice de précodage à l'intérieur du livre de codes, l'indice de matrice de précodage étant un résultat de la réalisation d'une opération modulo N sur un indice de sous-porteuse k de la sous-porteuse correspondante, N étant une taille du livre de codes.


 
2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel si un taux de multiplexage de la seconde matrice est égal ou supérieur à 2, des colonnes de la seconde matrice sont permutées les unes avec les autres par sous-porteuse ou unité de temps.
 
3. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou la revendication 2, dans lequel un angle de phase prescrit par sous-porteuse ou unité de temps est ajouté au déphasage de la première matrice.
 
4. Émetteur-récepteur permettant de réaliser un précodage basé sur un déphasage, dans lequel l'émetteur-récepteur est configuré pour émettre des données dans un système à plusieurs antennes utilisant une pluralité de sous-porteuses, l'émetteur-récepteur comprenant :

un module de détermination de matrice de précodage configuré pour déterminer une première matrice en tant que partie d'une matrice de précodage basée sur un déphasage, la première matrice étant une matrice de déphasage diagonale, pour déterminer une seconde matrice à partir d'un livre de codes stockant au moins une matrice unitaire en tant qu'autre partie de la matrice de précodage basée sur un déphasage, et pour déterminer la matrice de précodage basée sur un déphasage en multipliant la première matrice et la seconde matrice ensemble ; et

un module de précodage configuré pour réaliser un précodage en multipliant la matrice de précodage basée sur un déphasage par un symbole d'une sous-porteuse correspondante de la pluralité de sous-porteuses,

dans lequel la seconde matrice est une matrice unitaire sélectionnée par un indice de matrice de précodage à l'intérieur du livre de codes, l'indice de matrice de précodage étant un résultat de la réalisation d'une opération modulo N sur un indice de sous-porteuse k de la sous-porteuse correspondante, N étant une taille du livre de codes.


 
5. Émetteur-récepteur selon la revendication 4, comprenant en outre un module de reconfiguration de matrice de précodage configuré pour permuter des colonnes de la seconde matrice les unes avec les autres par sous-porteuse ou unité de temps si un taux de multiplexage de la seconde matrice est égal ou supérieur à 2.
 
6. Émetteur-récepteur selon la revendication 4, comprenant en outre un module de reconfiguration de matrice de précodage ajoutant un angle de phase prescrit par sous-porteuse ou unité de temps au déphasage de la première matrice.
 




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