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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2013, Article ID 976301, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/976301
Application Article

Implementation of a Zero-Forcing Precoding Algorithm Combined with Adaptive Beamforming Based on WiMAX System

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hanyang University, 17 Haengdang-Dong, Seongdong-Gu, Seoul 133-791, Republic of Korea

Received 1 February 2013; Revised 26 March 2013; Accepted 2 April 2013

Academic Editor: Juan Valenzuela-Valdes

Copyright © 2013 Hyunwook Yang and Seungwon Choi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We propose a novel precoding algorithm that is a zero-forcing (ZF) method combined with adaptive beamforming in the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) system. In a Multiuser Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) system, ZF is used to eliminate the Multiple Access Interference (MAI) in order to allow several users to share a common resource. The adaptive beamforming algorithm is used to achieve the desired SNR gain. The experimental system consists of a WiMAX base station that has 2 MIMO elements, each of which is composed of three-array antennas and two mobile terminals, each of which has a single antenna. Through computer simulations, we verified that the proposed method outperforms the conventional ZF method by at least 2.4 dB when the BER is 0.1%, or 1.7 dB when the FER is 1%, in terms of the SNR. Through a hardware implementation of the proposed method, we verified the feasibility of the proposed method for realizing a practical WiMAX base station to utilize the channel resources as efficiently as possible.