Improving Performance by Countering Human Body Shadowing in 60GHz Band Wireless Systems by Using Two Transmit and Two Receive Antennas

Shigeki TAKEDA
Masahiro UMEHIRA

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E99-B    No.2    pp.422-429
Publication Date: 2016/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2015EBP3003
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Antennas and Propagation
60GHz band,  shadowing,  human body,  array antenna,  

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This paper proposes the use of two transmit and two receive antennas spaced at roughly the width of a human body to improve communication quality in the presence of shadowing by a human body in the 60GHz band. In the proposed method, the transmit power is divided between the two transmit antennas, and the receive antenna that provides the maximum receive level is then chosen. Although the receive level is reduced by 3dB, the maximum attenuation caused by human body shadowing is totally suppressed. The relationship between the antenna element spacing and the theoretical spacing based on the 1st. Fresnel zone theory is clarified. Experiments confirm that antenna spacing several centimeters wider than that given by the 1st. Fresnel zone theory is enough to attain a significant performance improvement.