Towards an Appropriate Receiver Beamforming Scheme for Millimeter Wave Communication: A Power Consumption Based Comparison

Waqas Bin Abbas, Michele Zorzi

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At millimeter wave (mmW) frequencies, beamforming and large antenna arrays are an essential requirement to combat the high path loss for mmW communication. Moreover, at these frequencies, very large bandwidths are available to fulfill the data rate requirements of future wireless networks. However, utilization of these large bandwidths and of large antenna arrays can result in a high power consumption which is an even bigger concern for mmW receiver design. In a mmW receiver, the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) is generally considered as the most power consuming block. In this paper, primarily focusing on the ADC power, we analyze and compare the total power consumption of the complete analog chain for Analog, Digital and Hybrid beamforming (ABF, DBF and HBF) based receiver design. We show how power consumption of these beamforming schemes varies with a change in the number of antennas, the number of ADC bits (b) and the bandwidth (B). Moreover, we compare low power (as in [1]) and high power (as in [2]) ADC models, and show that for a certain range of number of antennas, b and B, DBF may actually have a comparable and lower power consumption than ABF and HBF, respectively. In addition, we also show how the choice of an appropriate beamforming scheme depends on the signal-to-noise ratio regime.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd European Wireless Conference 2016, EW 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783800742219
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd European Wireless Conference - Oulu, Finland
Duration: 18 May 201620 May 2016
Conference number: 22


Conference22nd European Wireless Conference
Abbreviated titleEW 2016


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