An Energy Efficiency Perspective on Massive MIMO Quantization

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One of the basic aspects of Massive MIMO (MaMi) that is in the focus of current investigations is its potential of using low-cost and energy-efficient hardware. It is often claimed that MaMi will allow for using analog-to-digital converters
(ADCs) with very low resolutions and that this will result in overall improvement of energy efficiency. In this contribution, we perform a parametric energy efficiency analysis of MaMi uplink for the entire base station receiver system with varying
ADC resolutions. The analysis shows that, for a wide variety of system parameters, ADCs with intermediate bit resolutions (4 - 10 bits) are optimal in energy efficiency sense, and that using very low bit resolutions results in degradation of energy efficiency.


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  • Communication Systems
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 50th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers
PublisherIEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-3954-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch
Event50th Annual Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers (ASILOMAR 2016) - Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, United States
Duration: 2016 Nov 62016 Nov 9


Conference50th Annual Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers (ASILOMAR 2016)
CountryUnited States
CityPacific Grove

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