Imported: 13 Feb '17 | Published: 18 Jan '11

USPTO - Utility Patents

Disclosed is a MIMO-OFDM system, wherein the transmitter comprises a serial/parallel converter for converting continuously inputted symbols of the number of subcarriers to K parallel signals; a signal reproducer for reproducing K parallel signals by the number of transmit antennas L an eigenmode generator for generating eigenbeam of the reproduced signals outputted from the signal reproducer at each subcarrier, on the basis of Nf eigenbeam forming vectors which are fed back long-term and information of a best eigenbeam forming vector at each subcarrier which is fed back short-term, through the feedback device; and a plurality of inverse Fourier converters for receiving the signals outputted from the eigenmode generator and generating an OFDM symbol.

This application is the National Phase application of International Application No. PCT/KR2004/003065, filed Nov. 25, 2004, which designates the United States and was published in English. This application, in its entirety, is incorporated herein by reference.

(a) Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO)—Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) system. More specifically, the present invention relates to a MIMO-OFDM system using eigenbeam forming in a downlink.

(b) Description of the Related Art

A beam forming method has been used to obtain the antenna array gain to improve performance. Also, the beam forming method can be used to use a space domain in a downlink channel of a MIMO system. Generally, a base station is required to have instantaneous channel information in a downlink to apply a closed-loop downlink beam forming method. In a Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) mode, a mobile station is required to feedback the instantaneous information to the base station, since frequency bands are different between uplink channel and downlink channel. Here, when the amount of the feedback information is large, the feedback information hinders the closed loop beam forming. Thus, a method capable of reducing the feedback information is required to be investigated.

The blind beam forming method adaptively forms a downlink beam by measuring an uplink channel, under the assumption that spatial statistical properties of the channels are similar, since constructions for transferring conditions are similar in both uplink and downlink. The method does not require feedback information since the method uses reciprocity of the channels; however the method does not satisfy diversity gain since the beam forming vector does not include the instantaneous channel variation. To obtain space diversity gain, it is necessary to feed back the instantaneous channel information in the downlink. Here, the amount of feedback information increases, and the feedback rate for tracking channel variation increases when the number of transmit antennas increases. Thus, it is difficult to apply the beam forming method when the number of transmit antennas is large or the speed of the mobile station is high. To solve the above problems, several methods are proposed, as follows.

An eigenbeam forming method proposed by the 3^{rd }Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) uses spatial correlation and selection diversity. The spatial correlation can allows long-term feedback with much feedback information, and the selection diversity can requires a very small amount of feedback information when short-term feedback is required in accordance with the instantaneous channel variation. That is, according to the eigenbeam forming method, the mobile terminal finds a dominant eigenmode by using a spatial covariance matrix of which a short term update is not necessary and feeds back the dominant eigenmode; and the mobile terminal feeds back the strongest eigenmode in the uplink by using the instantaneous channel variation among dominant eigenmodes. The base station selects the strongest eigenmode and transmits the signals. Thus, the eigenbeam forming method can obtain the selection diversity gain in addition to the signal-to-noise ratio gain.

From the situation that the antenna array of the base station is generally located on the top of some buildings, the down link channel exhibits to have a high spatial correlation or few dominant eigenmodes. Since there are no local scatters around the antenna array of the base station, the signal can be spatially selectively transmitted with only few directions. It is regarded that the eigenmode generates an independent path between the base station and the mobile station. The eigenbeam forming method can be effectively used in this condition.

However, when the eigenbeam forming method is applied to the OFDM system, each subcarrier of OFDM is selectively faded at different frequencies in the OFDM system. Thus, each subcarrier has a different beam forming vector and all subcarriers are required to feed back their beam forming vectors. In this case, the amount of the feedback information becomes very much larger than that of the single subcarrier, and the feedback information provides a severe burden to the system.

It is an advantage of the present invention to reduce an amount of feedback information for eigenbeam forming in an OFDM system.

To achieve the advantage, one aspect of the present invention is a Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO)—Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) system comprising a transmitter with L transmit antennas, a receiver with M receive antennas, and an uplink feedback device for providing information of the receiver to the transmitter, wherein the transmitter comprises: a serial/parallel converter for converting continuously inputted symbols of the number of subcarriers to K parallel signals; a signal reproducer for reproducing K parallel signals by the number of transmit antennas L; an eigenmode generator for generating an eigenbeam of the reproduced signals outputted from the signal reproducer at each subcarrier, on the basis of N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors which are fed back long-term and information of a best eigenbeam forming vector at each subcarrier which is fed back short-term, through the feedback device; and a plurality of inverse Fourier converters for receiving the signals outputted from the eigenmode generator and generating an OFDM symbol.

Another aspect of the present invention is an MIMO-OFDM system comprising: a serial/parallel converter for converting continuously inputted symbols of the number of subcarriers to K parallel signals; a signal reproducer for reproducing K parallel signals outputted from the serial/parallel converter by the number of extant transmit antennas; an eigenbeam calculator for calculating an instantaneous channel covariance and a spatial covariance matrix by using the uplink channel information, providing N_{f }dominant eigenbeam forming vectors from the spatial covariance matrix, and providing the eigenvalue of the instantaneous channel covariance; an eigenmode selector for selecting an eigenmode of which the eigenvalue of the instantaneous channel covariance is maximum among N_{f}, whenever N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors are inputted from the eigenbeam calculator and the instantaneous channel covariance is updated; and a plurality of inverse Fourier converters for receiving the signals outputted from the eigenmode selector and generating an OFDM symbol.

Another aspect of the present invention is a MIMO-OFDM system comprising a transmitter with L transmit antennas, a receiver with M receive antennas, and an uplink feedback device for providing information of the receiver to the transmitter, wherein the transmitter comprises: a serial/parallel converter for converting continuously inputted symbols of the number of subcarriers to K parallel signals; a signal reproducer for reproducing K parallel signals outputted from the serial/parallel converter by the number of transmit antennas L; an eigenmode generator for generating one eigenbeam for each group of subcarriers, on the basis of long-term feedback information corresponding to N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors and short-term feedback information corresponding to a group of subcarriers which are provided through the feedback device; and a plurality of inverse Fourier converters for receiving the signals outputted from the eigenmode generator and generating an OFDM symbol.

Another aspect of the present invention is a beam forming method for a MIMO-OFDM system comprising a transmitter with L transmit antennas and a receiver with M receive antennas, comprising: (a) converting continuously inputted symbols of the number of subcarriers to K parallel signals; (b) reproducing K parallel signals by the number of transmit antennas L; and (c) generating one eigenbeam for each group of subcarriers, on the basis of long-term feedback information corresponding to N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors and short-term feedback information corresponding to the group of subcarriers.

In the following detailed description, only the preferred embodiment of the invention has been shown and described, simply by way of illustration of the best mode contemplated by the inventor(s) of carrying out the invention. As will be realized, the invention is capable of modification in various obvious respects, all without departing from the invention. Accordingly, the drawings and description are to be regarded as illustrative in nature, and not restrictive. To clarify the present invention, parts which are not described in the specification are omitted, and parts for which similar descriptions are provided have the same reference numerals.

In a MIMO system with a single carrier wherein the number of transmit antennas is L and the number of receive antennas is M, a received signal vector r(q) at the q^{th }symbol period is as in the following Equation 1.

*r*(*q*)=√{square root over (γ)}*H*(*q*)*ws*(*q*)+*n*(*q*) [Equation 1]

Here, r is a transmitting signal to noise ratio, r(q)=[r_{1}(q)r_{2}(q) . . . r_{M}(q)]^{r}, H(q) ([H(q)]_{m,l}=h_{m,l}, m=1, . . . , M, l=1, . . . , L) is a channel, and w(w=[w_{1}, . . . , w_{L}]^{r}) is a weight vector. Here ∥w∥=1 is assumed. And a noise vector n(q), (n(q)=[n_{1}, . . . , n_{M}]^{r}) satisfying the equation E└n(q)n^{H}(q)┘=I means white nose in space.

The best suited weight vector with a maximum average signal to noise ratio of the received signal r(q) defined in Equation 1 is a maximum eigenvector corresponding to a maximum eigenvalue of a spatial covariance matrix R_{H}(q)(R_{H}(q)=E└H^{H}(q)H(q)┘).

Assuming that R_{H}(q)=R_{H }(R_{H }is referred to as a long-term spatial covariance matrix), the long-term spatial matrix R_{H }can be calculated as in the following Equation 2.

*R*_{H}=(1−ρ)*R*_{H}*+ρR*_{st}(*q*) [Equation 2]

Here, R_{st}(R_{st}(q)=H^{H}(q)H(q)) is an instantaneous channel covariance and ρ(0≦ρ≦1) is a forgetting factor. To obtain an eigenbeam forming vector, eigendecomposition can be applied to R_{H }as in the following Equation 3.

R_{H}=EDE^{H} [Equation 3]

Here, D is a diagonal matrix (D=diag(λ_{1},λ_{2}, . . . , λ_{L}), E is a unit matrix (E=[e_{1}, e_{2}, . . . , e_{L}]), λ_{1}≧λ_{2}≧ . . . ≧λ_{L }are eigenvalues, and e_{l }is a eigenvector corresponding to the eigenvalue λ_{l}.

When the base station finds an N_{f}(<L) number of the dominant eigenvector corresponding to the biggest eigenvalue on the basis of the feedback information, the long-term spatial covariance matrix is gradually changed. Thus, the feedback rate for transmitting the eigenbeam vector is reduced, and the amount of feedback is also reduced. At this time, the eigenbeam vector is used as the weight vector for forming a beam in the downlink, and the eigenbeam vector has orthogonality. Thus, the eigenbeam vector can generate an independent channel or transmitting mode to the mobile terminal, and the eigenbeam vector is referred to the eigenmode. Here, the eigenvalue of the instantaneous channel covariance is calculated from the long-term feedback of N_{f }eigenvectors and fast fading, and the information is fed back to select a best eigenvector with a maximum eigenvalue among N_{f }eigenvectors.

Meanwhile, assuming that the base station recognizes an N_{f}(<L) number of the dominant eigenvectors corresponding to the biggest eigenvalue on the basis of the feedback information, the eigenvalue of the instantaneous channel covariance is calculated from the long-term feedback of N_{f }eigenvectors and fast fading, and the information is fed back to select a best eigenvector with a maximum eigenvalue among N_{f }eigenvectors and the information is fed back short-term to select a best eigenvector with a maximum eigenvalue among N_{f }eigenvectors. The short-term feedback ratio is higher than the long-term feedback ratio, but the amount of the feedback information is only log_{2}(N_{f}), since the feedback is for simply selecting the best suited one among the N_{f }eigenvectors.

The best suited eigenvector w(q) for maximizing the instantaneous signal to noise ratio can be calculated from the maximum short-term channel gain, as in the following Equation 4.

Here, the short-term feedback ratio is higher than the long-term feedback ratio, but the amount of the feedback information is only log_{2}(N_{f}) since the feedback is for simply selecting the best suited one among the N_{f }eigenvectors.

However, as described above, when the beam forming method is applied to the OFDM system, each subcarrier may use a different beam forming vector, since each subcarrier is differently faded at the frequency selective fading channel. Therefore, the amount of feedback increases when using different beam forming vectors.

The exemplary embodiment of the present invention shows that the spatial covariance matrix is the same for all subcarriers, and the eigenbeam forming method in which the amount of the feedback of the eigenvector is reduced is significantly effective in the OFDM system.

It is assumed that K subcarriers are assigned in downlink of the MIMO-OFDM system, and the number of transmit antennas is L and the number of receive antennas is M.

Here, the K×1 OFDM symbol is s(t), and the L×1 weight vector w_{k}(t) is a beamforming vector for the k^{th }symbol s_{k}(t) of s(t). Then, the transmitting signal S(t) in a space and frequency domain is as in the following Equation 5.

*S*(*t*)=[*w*_{1}(*t*)*w*_{2}(*t*) . . . *w*_{K}(*t*)]*D*(*t*) [Equation 5]

Here, D(t) is a diagonal matrix of data symbols, and D(t)=diag{s_{1}(t), s_{2}(t), . . . , s_{K}(t)}.

The frequency response of a channel between the transmit antenna I and the receive antenna m is as in the following Equation 6.

Here, {h_{p,m,l}}_{p=0, 1, . . . P−1, m=1, . . . , M, l=1, . . . , L }is a channel impulse response (CIR) between the transmit antenna I and the receive antenna m; P is a length of the channel impulse response, that is, the number of multipaths; and k is an index of the subcarriers. It is assumed that the channel impulse response is any sequence of which average is 0 and satisfies the following Equation 7.

E└H_{p}^{H}H_{p′}┘=σ_{h,p}^{2}R_{H}_{p }δ_{p,p′} [Equation 7]

Here, └H_{p}┘_{m,l}=h_{p,m,l}, σ_{h,p}^{2 }is a power delay profile of the channel impulse response, and

According to the Equation 7, it is assumed that an R_{H }normalized spatial covariance matrix in the time domain is the same at all multipaths, and there is no correlation between multipath coefficients. The MIMO channel matrix corresponding to the k^{th }subcarrier can be described as in the following Equation 8.

└{tilde over (H)}_{k}┘_{m,l}={tilde over (h)}_{k,m,l}, m=1, 2, . . . , M, l=1, 2, . . . , L [Equation 8]

Then, the spatial covariance matrix of the channel {tilde over (H)}_{k }in the frequency domain can be described as in the following Equation 9.

R_{{tilde over (H)}}_{k}=E└{tilde over (H)}_{k}^{H}{tilde over (H)}_{k}┘ [Equation 9]

The Equation 9 can be developed by using Equations 6 and 7 as in the following Equation 10.

Equation 10 shows that the spatial covariance matrix R_{{tilde over (H)}}_{k }of the channel {tilde over (H)}_{k }of each subcarrier is independent from any subcarrier k, and is always the same.

Each subcarrier has a different channel property in the OFDM system, since each subcarrier is selectively faded at different frequencies. However, Equations 6, 7, and 10 show that all subcarriers have the same spatial covariance matrix.

Thus, it is not necessary to calculate a spatial covariance matrix at subcarriers, and the spatial covariance calculated at one subcarrier can be used for forming eigenbeams at the subcarriers. Thus, the amount of calculation can be significantly reduced. Further, the averaging length can be reduced by calculating the spatial covariance in a two dimensional domain which uses the frequency domain and the time domain of the subcarriers at the same time. The OFDM system can more actively meet a channel change. Further, since the subcarriers have the same eigenvector group, the amount of feedback information is properly reduced and becomes the same as in the case of the system with the single subcarrier. Thus, the eigenbeam forming method can be easily applied to the OFDM system.

Hereinafter, a first exemplary embodiment of the present invention is described in detail with reference to appended drawings.

FIG. 1 shows a MIMO-OFDM system according to a first exemplary embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 1 is a block diagram for describing the idea and construction of the present invention in an FDD mode.

As referred to in FIG. 1, the MIMO-OFDM system according to the first exemplary embodiment of the present invention is an OFDM system with K subcarriers. The OFDM system comprises a transmitter **10** with L transmit antennas **131***a*, **131***b*, . . . , **131**L, a receiver **20** with M receive antennas **231***a*, **231***b*, . . . , **231**M, and an uplink feedback device **40** for transferring information of the receiver **20** to the transmitter **10**.

The transmitter **10** comprises a serial/parallel converter (S/P converter) **100**, a signal reproducer **110**, an eigenmode generator **120**, inverse fast Fourier transformers **130***a*, **130***b*, . . . , **130**L, and L transmit antennas **131***a*, **131***b*, . . . , **131**L.

The receiver **20** comprises receive antennas **231***a*, **231***b*, . . . , **231**M, fast Fourier transformers **230***a*, **230***b*, . . . , **230**M, an eigenbeam calculator **220**, a symbol detector **210**, and a parallel/serial converter **200**.

The serial/parallel converter **100** of the transmitter **10** is a device for converting continuously inputted K symbols to K parallel signals. K indicates the number of subcarriers. The signal reproducer **110** is a device for reproducing K parallel signals **101***a*, **101***b*, . . . , **101**K outputted from the serial/parallel converter **100** L times, which is the number of transmit antennas. That is, the I^{th }signal among the reproduced signals **111***a*, **111***b*, . . . , **111**L outputted from the signal reproducer **110** are the same (I=1, 2 to L).

The eigenmode generator **120** is a device for generating eigenbeams of the reproduced signals **111***a*, **111***b*, . . . , **111**L outputted from the signal reproducer **110** at each subcarrier, on the basis of N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors and information of a best eigenbeam forming vector at each subcarrier. Here, the eigenbeam forming vectors are calculated by the eigenbeam calculator **220** of the receiver and are fed back long-term by the uplink feedback device **40**, but the subcarriers have the same eigenbeam forming vector group. Further, the information of a best eigenbeam forming vector is fed back short-term by the uplink feedback device **40**. That is, the eigenmode generator **120** is a device for generating N_{f }eigenmodes by using N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors fed back long-term and selecting a best eigenmode among N_{f }eigenmodes generated in accordance with the best beamforming eigenbeam forming vector fed back short-term. At this time, the information of the best eigenbeam forming vector is required to be fed back within a coherent time. The N_{f }eigenmodes are updated whenever the eigenbeam forming vectors are fed back, and the best eigenbeam forming vector among those is short-term selected.

The L inverse Fourier converters **130***a*, **130***b*, . . . , **130**L are devices for receiving K signals respectively and generating one OFDM symbol. The OFDM symbols generated from the L inverse Fourier converters **130***a*, **130***b*, . . . , **130**L are the same. The OFDM symbols generated from the inverse Fourier converters are transmitted through the corresponding antennas **130***a*, **130***b*, . . . , **130**L.

The Fourier converters **230***a*, **230***b*, . . . , **230**M of the receiver **20** receive signals received through M receive antennas and perform Fourier conversion to the signals and output K signals **221***a*, **221***b*, . . . , **221**M. The eigenbeam calculator **220** is a device for estimating a channel to the signals outputted from the Fourier converters **230***a*, **230***b*, . . . , **230**M and calculating the instantaneous covariance and the spatial covariance according to Equation 2 and the N_{f }dominant eigenvectors according to Equation 3. At this time, the spatial covariance matrix can be obtained from only one subcarrier, or from the two dimension domain using both the frequency domain and the time domain according to Equation 10. The instantaneous channel covariance is calculated for each channel. The eigenbeam calculator **260** selects one vector with the maximum eigenvalue among N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors for the instantaneous channel covariance, and transfers the number of vectors to the uplink feedback device **40**.

The symbol detector **210** is a device for detecting K symbols inputted to the signal reproducer **110** of the receiver **10** at the same time by using the channel estimate obtained from the eigenbeam calculator **260**. The parallel/serial converter **200** is a device for converting the K symbols to the serial signals.

The uplink feedback device **40** is a device for long-term feedback of the eigenbeam forming vector obtained from the eigenbeam calculator **260** of the receiver **20** and short-term feedback of the number of the best eigenbeam forming vector. According to Equation 10, the subcarriers have the same eigenbeam forming vector. Thus, the feedback can be achieved through one subcarrier instead of all subcarriers. Further, the information of the feedback can be divided into each subcarrier to reduce a feedback delay. However, the instantaneous channel covariance is different for each subcarrier, and thus the instantaneous channel covariance is required to be fed back for all subcarriers.

As such, according to the first exemplary embodiment of the present invention, it is not necessary to calculate a spatial covariance matrix at the subcarriers, and the spatial covariance calculated at only one subcarrier can be used for forming eigenbeams at the subcarriers. Thus, the amount of calculation can be significantly reduced. Further, the averaging length can be reduced by calculating the spatial covariance in a two dimensional domain using both the frequency domain and the time domain of all subcarriers. The OFDM system according to the first exemplary embodiment can more actively meet channel change. More specially, in the FDD mode wherein the information for the eigenbeam forming of the transmitter is required to be fed back from the receiver, the amount of the long-term feedback information can be significantly reduced, since the eigenbeam forming vector for only one subcarrier is required to be fed back, and the eigenbeam forming vectors for all subcarriers are not required.

FIG. 2 shows a MIMO-OFDM system according to a second exemplary embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a block diagram for explaining the idea and construction of the present invention in the time division duplexing (TDD) mode.

As referred to in FIG. 2, only the receiver of the base station is described, since it is not necessary to feed back the channel information due to channel reciprocity in the TDD mode, different from the first exemplary embodiment shown in FIG. 1.

According to FIG. 2, the OFDM system according to the second exemplary embodiment of the present invention is a transmitter of the MIMO-OFDM system with K subcarriers. Thus, the transmitter according to the exemplary embodiment is set in the base station.

As referred to in FIG. 2, the transmitter **30** comprises a serial/parallel converter (S/P converter) **300**, a signal reproducer **310**, an eigenmode calculator **320**, an eigenmode selector **330**, inverse fast Fourier transformers **340***a*, **340***b*, . . . , **340**L, and L transmit antennas **341***a*, **341***b*, . . . , **341**L. The transmitter **30** transmits the eigenbeam forming signals through L transmit antennas.

The serial/parallel converter **300** of the transmitter **30** is a device for converting continuously inputted K symbols to K parallel signals. The K indicates the number of subcarriers. The signal reproducer **310** is a device for reproducing K parallel signals **301***a*, **301***b*, . . . , **301**K L times. The L indicates the number of transmit antennas.

The eigenmode calculator **320** is a device for calculating the instantaneous channel covariance and the spatial covariance from the uplink channel information obtained from the receiver (not shown) of the base station according to Equation 2; calculating N_{f }dominant eigenbeam forming vectors according to Equation 3; and calculating the eigenvalue of the instantaneous channel covariance. At this time, the instantaneous channel covariance is obtained from only one subcarrier, or from the two dimensional domain using both the frequency domain and the time domain according to Equation 10. The instantaneous channel covariance is frequently updated within coherent time, but since the spatial covariance matrix needs averaging lengths, the spatial covariance matrix is slowly updated every averaging length.

The eigenmode selector **330** is a device for selecting only one eigenmode of which the eigenvalue of the instantaneous channel covariance is maximum among N_{f}, whenever N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors are inputted from the eigenbeam forming calculator **320** and the instantaneous channel covariance is updated. Each of the inverse Fourier converters **340***a*, **340***b*, . . . , **340**L is a device for receiving K signals and generating one OFDM symbol. The OFDM symbols generated from the L inverse Fourier converters **340***a*, **340***b*, . . . , **340**L are the same.

Hereinafter, the third exemplary embodiment of the present invention is described.

In the OFDM system, the subcarriers have N_{f }dominant eigenvectors, but the best eigenmode to be selected can be different at each subcarrier since each subcarrier has a different frequency selective fading channel. However, close subcarriers are similarly faded, thus the same eigenmode can be selected for close subcarriers.

The K subcarriers can be divided into K_{f}(≦K) groups. Each group includes _{f}·log_{2}(N_{f}). That is, the amount of feedback becomes (K/ _{2}(N_{f}), so the amount of feedback is reduced 1/

When G_{g}={ _{f }is a g^{th }group of subcarriers, the beamforming vector of the g^{th }group of subcarriers can be expressed as in the following Equation 11.

As such, the third exemplary embodiment of the present invention divides the subcarriers into groups of close subcarriers and reduces the amount of feedback by selecting the same eigenmode for each group.

Hereinafter, the third exemplary embodiment of the present invention is described in detail with reference to the appended drawings.

The MIMO-OFDM system according to the third exemplary embodiment of the present invention has similar construction to the MIMO-OFDM system according to the first exemplary embodiment. Thus repeated explanation is not given.

FIG. 3 shows an eigenmode generator **120** according to a third exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

As shown in FIG. 3, the input for the eigenmode generator **120** according to the third exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes L parallel signals **111***a*, **111***b*, . . . , **111**L reproduced from K parallel signals s(t), and the short-term feedback information and the long-term feedback information provided through the uplink feedback device **40**.

The eigenmode generator **120** divides L parallel signals reproduced from K parallel signals s(t) into K_{f }groups of the **120** divides K parallel signals **111***a *into K_{f }groups G_{1}, G_{2}, . . . , G_{K}_{f }**223***a*-**1**, **223***a*-**2**, . . . , **223***a*-Kf of the **111***b *into K_{f }groups **223***b*-**1**, **223***b*-**2**, . . . , **223***b*-Kf of the **223**L-**1**, **223**L-**2**, . . . , **223**L-Kf.

Further, the eigenmode generator **120** multiplies Kf weight vectors by the signals of the group. The Kf weight vectors are obtained from the weight vector determiner **221**. In detail, the eigenmode generator **120** multiplies the first vector w_{1}=(w_{11}, w_{12}, . . . , w_{1L}) (**221**-**1**) among the Kf weight vectors by G_{1 }**223***a*-**1**, **223***b*-**1**, . . . , **223**L-**1**, the signal of the first group of each antenna. That is, the eigenmode generator **120** multiplies signals s_{1}, s_{2}, . . . , s_{K }corresponding to G_{1 }of the first antenna by w_{11}, multiplies signals s_{1}, s_{2}, . . . , s_{K }corresponding to G_{1 }of the second antenna by w_{12}, and multiplies signals s_{1}, s_{2}, . . . , s_{K }corresponding to G_{1 }of the L^{th }antenna by w_{1L}. Thus, subcarrier signals s_{1}, s_{2}, . . . , s_{K }generate one eigenbeam.

In the same manner, the eigenmode generator **120** multiplies the second vector w_{2}=(w_{21}, w_{22}, . . . , w_{2L}) **222**-**2** by G_{2 }**223***a*-**2**, **223***b*-**2**, . . . , **223**L-**2** of the second group of each antenna. Here, the signals s_{ K+1}, s_{ K+2}, . . . , s_{2 K} of the subcarrier are owned in common. This process is repeated until the eigenmode generator **120** multiplies the Kf^{th }vector w_{K}_{f}=(w_{k}_{f}_{1}, w_{K}_{f}_{2}, . . . , w_{K}_{f}_{L}) **222**-Kf by G_{K}_{f }**223***a*-Kf, **223***b*-Kf, . . . , **223**L-Kf of the Kf^{th }group of each antenna. Here, the signals s_{K− K+1}, s_{K− K+2}, . . . , s_{K }of the subcarrier are owned in common.

As a result, the eigenmode generator **120** generates one eigenbeam for each group of subcarriers and the subcarriers in the group own the eigenbeam. Thus, the eigenmode generator **120** generates Kf eigenbeams for all subcarriers.

FIG. 4 shows a weight vector determiner **221** in the eigenmode generator in detail. As shown in FIG. 4, the weight vector determiner **221** comprises an eigenbeam update device **321** and Kf eigenmode determiners **322**-**1**, **322**-**2**, . . . , **322**-Kf.

As referred to in FIG. 4, the eigenbeam update device **321** updates N_{f }eigenbeam vectors through the uplink feedback device **40** whenever the long-term feedback information is provided. At this time, the eigenbeam vector being updated is the same for all subcarriers. The Kf eigenmode determiners **322**-**1**, **322**-**2**, . . . , **322**-Kf receive N_{f }same eigenbeam vectors outputted from the eigenbeam update device **321**, and the eigenmode determiner selects one among N_{f }eigenbeam vectors inputted in accordance with the uplink feedback device **40** and determines the eigenmode. The eigenmodes selected by each eigenmode determiner are expressed as a weight vector. The Kf eigenmode determiners **322**-**1**, **322**-**2**, . . . , **322**-Kf output w_{1}=(w_{11}, w_{12}, . . . , w_{1L}), w_{2}=(w_{21}, w_{22}, . . . , w_{2L}), and w_{K}_{f}=(w_{K}_{f}_{1}, w_{K}_{f}_{2}, . . . , w_{K}_{f}_{L}) respectively.

FIG. 5 shows an eigenbeam calculator **260** according to the third exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

As shown in FIG. 5, the eigenbeam calculator **260** comprises M channel estimators **261***a*, **261***b*, . . . , **261**M, Kf instantaneous power measuring devices **262**-**1**, **262**-**2**, . . . , **262**-Kf, eigenvector calculator **263**, and Kf eigenvector selectors **264**-**1**, **262**-**2**, . . . , **262**-Kf.

The channel estimators **261***a*, **261***b*, . . . , **261**M estimate channels to M pairs of parallel signals inputted respectively at each subcarrier. The eigenvector calculator **263** obtains the channel spatial covariance from the signals outputted from the channel estimators **261***a*, **261***b*, . . . , **261**M by using Equation 7 and Equation 10, the channel spatial covariance being the same for all subcarriers. Then the eigenvector calculator **263** calculates N_{f }dominant eigenvectors e_{1}, e_{2}, . . . , e_{N}_{f }according to Equation 2, and provides N_{f }dominant eigenvectors to Kf eigenvector selectors **264**-**1**, **262**-**2**, . . . , **262**-Kf.

The instantaneous power measuring devices **262**-**1**, **262**-**2**, . . . , **262**-Kf receive signals outputted from the each channel estimator and measure the instantaneous power. That is, the estimated channel values for each subcarrier by each channel estimator are orderly divided into Kf groups of **1** **262**-**1**, then **2** **262**-**2**, and last **262**-Kf.

Each instantaneous power measuring device measures the instantaneous power by using the M pairs of estimated **264**-**1**, **264**-**2**, . . . , **264**-Kf.

The eigenvector selectors **264**-**1**, **264**-**2**, . . . , **264**-Kf select one eigenvector with maximum instantaneous power among N_{f }dominant eigenvectors e_{1}, e_{2}, . . . , e_{N}_{f }inputted by using the instantaneous powers inputted from the corresponding instantaneous measuring devices. Then, the eigenvector with the maximum instantaneous power becomes the short-term feedback information.

In detail, the first eigenvector selector selects one eigenvector of which the instantaneous power is maximum among N_{f }dominant eigenvectors e_{1}, e_{2}, . . . , e_{N}_{f }inputted, by using the instantaneous power inputted from the first instantaneous measuring device **262**-**1**. Then, the eigenvector with maximum instantaneous power becomes the short-term feedback information **265**-**1**. The second eigenvector selector selects one eigenvector with the maximum instantaneous power from among the N_{f }dominant eigenvectors e_{1}, e_{2}, . . . , e_{N}_{f }inputted by using the instantaneous power inputted from the second instantaneous measuring device **262**-**2**. Then, the eigenvector with the maximum instantaneous power becomes the short-term feedback information **265**-**2**.

The process is repeated until the Kf^{th }eigenvector selector selects one eigenvector with the maximum instantaneous power from among the N_{f }dominant eigenvectors e_{1}, e_{2}, . . . , e_{n}_{f }inputted by using the instantaneous power inputted from the Kf^{th }instantaneous measuring device **262**-**2**. Then, the eigenvector with the maximum instantaneous power becomes the short-term feedback information **265**-Kf. Each short-term feedback information determined by the eigenvector selectors is constructed by log_{2}(N_{f}) bit, wherein Nf is the number of the eigenvector. However, since

Further, the long-term feedback information **266** is obtained by quantizing the amplitude and phase of each dominant eigenvector e_{1}, e_{2}, . . . , e_{N}_{f }of the channel spatial covariance matrix obtained from the eigenvector calculator **263**. The long-term feedback information is slowly updated, since the channel spatial covariance matrix is slowly changed.

The short-term feedback information and the long-term feedback information are inputted to the eigenmode generator **120** in the receiver **10** through the uplink feedback device **40** of FIG. 1. For the short-term feedback information,

As described above, according to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention, _{f}(≦K) groups, and each group selects the same eigenvector. Thus, since the total amount of feedback becomes (K/ _{2}(N_{f}), the total amount of feedback is reduced to 1/

While this invention has been described in connection with what is presently considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the disclosed embodiments, but, on the contrary, is intended to cover various modifications and equivalent arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims. For example, the device according to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention can be embodied as hardware or software. Also, the present invention can be embodied as code on a readable medium which a computer can read.

As described above, according to the present invention, when the eigenbeam forming method is applied to the OFDM system, the spatial covariance matrix being necessary for the eigenbeam forming can be calculated for one subcarrier instead of all subcarriers, and thus the amount of calculations can be significantly reduced. Further, the averaging length can be reduced by calculating the spatial covariance in a two dimensional domain which uses the frequency domain and the time domain of all subcarriers at the same time. Thus, the present invention can more actively meet channel change.

Further, according to the present invention, when the eigenbeam forming method is applied to the OFDM system, close subcarriers among all K subcarriers form a group and all K subcarriers are divided into a predetermined number of groups, and each group selects the same eigenvector. Thus, since the total amount of feedback is reduced, the burden to system can be reduced.

1. A Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO)—Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) system comprising a transmitter with L transmit antennas, a receiver with M receive antennas, and an uplink feedback device for providing Information of the receiver to the transmitter, wherein the transmitter comprises:

a serial/parallel converter for converting continuously inputted symbols of a number of subcarriers to K parallel signals;

a signal reproducer for reproducing the K parallel signals by the L transmit antennas;

an eigenmode generator for generating eigenbeams of the reproduced K parallel signals outputted from the signal reproducer at each subcarrier, based on N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors which are fed back long-term and information of a best eigenbeam forming vector at each subcarrier which is fed back short-term, through the uplink feedback device; and

a plurality of inverse Fourier converters for receiving K signals outputted from the eigenmode generator and generating an OFDM symbol.

a serial/parallel converter for converting continuously inputted symbols of a number of subcarriers to K parallel signals;

a signal reproducer for reproducing the K parallel signals by the L transmit antennas;

an eigenmode generator for generating eigenbeams of the reproduced K parallel signals outputted from the signal reproducer at each subcarrier, based on N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors which are fed back long-term and information of a best eigenbeam forming vector at each subcarrier which is fed back short-term, through the uplink feedback device; and

a plurality of inverse Fourier converters for receiving K signals outputted from the eigenmode generator and generating an OFDM symbol.

2. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 1, wherein the eigenmode generator updates at least one eigenbeam forming vector stored previously, whenever information of at least one same eigenbeam forming vector for subcarriers is fed back through the uplink feedback device.

3. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 1, wherein the receiver comprises an eigenbeam calculator for estimating a channel to the signal transferred from the transmitter and calculating an instantaneous channel covariance and a spatial covariance matrix, and N_{f }dominant eigenbeam forming vectors.

4. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 3, wherein the eigenbeam calculator calculates the instantaneous channel covariance at each subcarrier for each symbol, and calculates the spatial covariance matrix at only one subcarrier for each symbol.

5. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 4, wherein the eigenbeam calculator obtains an eigenvalue of the instantaneous channel covariance and provides the eigenvalue to the uplink feedback device within a coherent time, and obtains at least one best eigenbeam forming vector from the spatial covariance matrix and provides the at least one best eigenbeam forming vector to the uplink feedback device.

6. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 5, wherein the uplink feedback device performs long-term feedback of information of the eigenbeam forming vector transferred from the eigenbeam calculator to the eigenmode generator, and performs short-term feedback of the number of the dominant eigenbeam forming vector transferred from the eigenbeam calculator to the eigenmode generator.

7. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 3, wherein the eigenbeam calculator calculates the spatial covariance matrix in a two dimension domain which uses both a frequency domain and a time domain of subcarriers.

8. A Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO)—Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) system comprising:

a serial/parallel converter for converting continuously inputted symbols of a number of subcarriers to K parallel signals;

a signal reproducer for reproducing the K parallel signals outputted from the serial/parallel converter by a number of transmit antennas;

an eigenbeam calculator for calculating an instantaneous channel covariance and a spatial covariance matrix by using uplink channel information, providing N_{f }dominant eigenbeam forming vectors from the spatial covariance matrix, and providing an eigenvalue of the instantaneous channel covariance;

an eigenmode selector for selecting an eigenmode of which the eigenvalue of the instantaneous channel covariance is maximum among N_{f}, whenever N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors are inputted from the eigenbeam calculator and the instantaneous channel covariance is updated; and

a plurality of inverse Fourier converter for receiving K signals outputted from the eigenmode selector, and generating an OFDM symbol.

a signal reproducer for reproducing the K parallel signals outputted from the serial/parallel converter by a number of transmit antennas;

an eigenbeam calculator for calculating an instantaneous channel covariance and a spatial covariance matrix by using uplink channel information, providing N_{f }dominant eigenbeam forming vectors from the spatial covariance matrix, and providing an eigenvalue of the instantaneous channel covariance;

an eigenmode selector for selecting an eigenmode of which the eigenvalue of the instantaneous channel covariance is maximum among N_{f}, whenever N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors are inputted from the eigenbeam calculator and the instantaneous channel covariance is updated; and

a plurality of inverse Fourier converter for receiving K signals outputted from the eigenmode selector, and generating an OFDM symbol.

9. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 8, wherein the eigenbeam calculator calculates the instantaneous channel covariance at each subcarrier for each symbol, and calculates the spatial covariance matrix at only one subcarrier for each symbol or calculates the instantaneous channel covariance in a two dimensional domain which uses both a frequency domain and a time domain of subcarriers.

10. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 8, wherein the eigenbeam calculator calculates the spatial covariance matrix in a two dimensional domain which uses both a frequency domain and a time domain of subcarriers.

11. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 9, wherein the eigenbeam calculator obtains the eigenvalue of the Instantaneous channel covariance and provides the eigenvalue to the eigenmode selector, and obtains at least one dominant eigenbeam forming vector from the spatial covariance matrix and provides the at least one dominant eigenbeam forming vector to the eigenmode selector.

12. A Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO)—Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) system comprising a transmitter with L transmit antennas, a receiver with M receive antennas, and an uplink feedback device for providing information of the receiver to the transmitter, wherein the transmitter comprises:
a serial/parallel converter for converting continuously inputted symbols of a number of subcarriers to K parallel signals;

a signal reproducer for reproducing the K parallel signals outputted from the serial/parallel converter by the L transmit antennas;

an eigenmode generator for generating one eigenbeam for each group of subcarriers, of based on long-term feedback information corresponding to N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors and short-term feedback information corresponding to a group of subcarriers which are provided through the uplink feedback device; and

a plurality of inverse Fourier converters for receiving K signals outputted from the eigenmode generator and generating an OFDM symbol.

a signal reproducer for reproducing the K parallel signals outputted from the serial/parallel converter by the L transmit antennas;

an eigenmode generator for generating one eigenbeam for each group of subcarriers, of based on long-term feedback information corresponding to N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors and short-term feedback information corresponding to a group of subcarriers which are provided through the uplink feedback device; and

13. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 12, wherein the eigenmode generator generates the same eigenbeam corresponding to each group of subcarriers by dividing K parallel signals inputted from the signal reproducer into K_{f }groups of K subcarriers, and multiplies each group of subcarriers by Kf weight vectors.

14. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 13, wherein the eigenmode generator comprises a weight vector determiner for generating Kf weight vectors based on the long-term feedback information and the short-term feedback information.

15. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 14, wherein the weight vector determiner comprises:

an eigenbeam update device for updating N_{f }eigenbeam vectors which subcarriers own in common, whenever the long-term feedback information is provided through the uplink feedback device; and

Kf eigenmode determiners for receiving N_{f }eigenbeam vectors and the short-term feedback information, and selecting one eigenbeam vector among N_{f }eigenbeam vectors and outputting the eigenbeam vector as the weight vector.

an eigenbeam update device for updating N_{f }eigenbeam vectors which subcarriers own in common, whenever the long-term feedback information is provided through the uplink feedback device; and

Kf eigenmode determiners for receiving N_{f }eigenbeam vectors and the short-term feedback information, and selecting one eigenbeam vector among N_{f }eigenbeam vectors and outputting the eigenbeam vector as the weight vector.

16. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 12, wherein the receiver comprises an eigenbeam calculator for estimating a channel to the signals outputted from the transmitter and providing an instantaneous covariance and a spatial covariance matrix, and N_{f }dominant eigenvectors.

17. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 16, wherein the eigenbeam calculator comprises:

M channel estimators for estimating a channel of K signals transferred from the transmitter;

Kf instantaneous power measuring devices for measuring each instantaneous power to a predetermined signal among K signals outputted from the M channel estimators;

an eigenvector calculator for obtaining a channel spatial covariance matrix which is the same for subcarriers, for the signals outputted from the channel estimators, and calculating N_{f }dominant eigenvectors; and

an eigenvector selectors for selecting one eigenvector with maximum instantaneous power from among N_{f }dominant eigenvectors by using the N_{f }dominant eigenvectors outputted from the eigenvector calculator and the instantaneous power inputted from the corresponding instantaneous power measuring device, and providing the eigenvector with maximum instantaneous power for the short-term feedback information.

M channel estimators for estimating a channel of K signals transferred from the transmitter;

Kf instantaneous power measuring devices for measuring each instantaneous power to a predetermined signal among K signals outputted from the M channel estimators;

an eigenvector calculator for obtaining a channel spatial covariance matrix which is the same for subcarriers, for the signals outputted from the channel estimators, and calculating N_{f }dominant eigenvectors; and

an eigenvector selectors for selecting one eigenvector with maximum instantaneous power from among N_{f }dominant eigenvectors by using the N_{f }dominant eigenvectors outputted from the eigenvector calculator and the instantaneous power inputted from the corresponding instantaneous power measuring device, and providing the eigenvector with maximum instantaneous power for the short-term feedback information.

18. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 17, wherein the eigenbeam calculator obtains the long-term feedback information by quantizing amplitude and phase of the dominant eigenvector of the channel spatial covariance matrix calculated by the eigenvector calculator.

19. The MIMO-OFDM system of claim 18, wherein the eigenbeam calculator transfers the long-term feedback information to the uplink feedback device within a coherent time, and transfers the short-term feedback information to the uplink feedback device.

20. A beam forming method for a Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO)—Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) system comprising a transmitter with L transmit antennas and a receiver with M receive antennas, comprising:

(a) converting, at a serial/parallel converter, continuously inputted symbols of a number of subcarriers to K parallel signals;

(b) reproducing the K parallel signals by the L transmit antennas; and

(c) generating one eigenbeam for each group of subcarriers, based on long-term feedback information corresponding to N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors and short-term feedback Information corresponding to the group of subcarriers,

wherein the step (c) comprises:

dividing the reproduced K parallel signals into Kf groups of K subcarriers; and

generating the same eigenbeam corresponding to each group of subcarriers by multiplying the Kf group of subcarriers by Kf weight vectors.

(a) converting, at a serial/parallel converter, continuously inputted symbols of a number of subcarriers to K parallel signals;

(b) reproducing the K parallel signals by the L transmit antennas; and

(c) generating one eigenbeam for each group of subcarriers, based on long-term feedback information corresponding to N_{f }eigenbeam forming vectors and short-term feedback Information corresponding to the group of subcarriers,

wherein the step (c) comprises:

dividing the reproduced K parallel signals into Kf groups of K subcarriers; and

generating the same eigenbeam corresponding to each group of subcarriers by multiplying the Kf group of subcarriers by Kf weight vectors.