Inter-Terminal Interference Evaluation of Full Duplex MIMO Using Measured Channel


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E101-B   No.2   pp.434-440
Publication Date: 2018/02/01
Publicized: 2017/08/22
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2017ISP0025
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Recent Progress in Antennas and Propagation in Conjunction with Main Topics of ISAP2016)
Category: MIMO
MIMO,  full duplex,  interference reduction,  inter-terminal interference,  

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In-band full-duplex (FD) Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (MIMO) communication performs uplink and downlink transmission at the same time using the same frequency. In this system, the spectral efficiency is theoretically double that of conventional duplex schemes, such as Time Division Duplex (TDD) and Frequency Division Duplex (FDD). However, this system suffers interference because the uplink and downlink streams coexist within the same channel. Especially at the terminal side, it is quite difficult for the terminal to eliminate the interference signals from other terminals since it has no knowledge about the contents of the interference signals. This paper presents an inter-terminal interference suppression method between the uplink and downlink signals assuming the multi-user environment. This method uses eigen-beamforming at the transmitting terminal to direct the null to the other terminal. Since this beamforming technique reduces the degrees of freedom available, the interference suppression performance and transmitting data-rate have a trade-off relation. This study investigates the system capacity characteristics in multi-user full-duplex MIMO communication using the propagation channel information measured in an actual outdoor experiment and shows that the proposed communication scheme offers higher system capacity than the conventional scheme.