Hybrid Amplification: An Efficient Scheme for Energy Saving in MIMO Systems
Kouki, Ammar B.
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In this paper, a new amplification scheme for adaptive MIMO systems is proposed and tested. In this ‘hybrid amplification’ configuration, different amplifiers with different peak powers are used. In this way, each transmitter RF chain has a different DC-power consumption behavior. The adaptation algorithm, which chooses power and rate for each transmitter, uses these different amplifier behaviors to minimize the overall consumed energy. Several MIMO configurations designed for constant capacity applications have been simulated with different amplification schemes. Realistic amplifier models based on measured data are used. The difference between the amplifiers’ RF powers is set in order to keep optimal system performances. Then, it is shown that energy savings higher than 10% can be obtained with the hybrid amplification. The different tests are done for MQAM constellations in uncorrelated Rayleigh fading channels detected with a VBLAST ZF-SIC algorithm but can easily be extended to other correlated channels, detection algorithms or constellations.