Limited Feedback-Based Block Diagonalization for the MIMO Broadcast Channel

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Executive Summary

Block diagonalization is a linear precoding technique for the multiple antenna broadcast (downlink) channel that involves transmission of multiple data streams to each receiver such that no multi-user interference is experienced at any of the receivers. This low-complexity scheme operates only a few dB away from capacity but requires very accurate channel knowledge at the transmitter. The authors consider a limited feedback system where each receiver knows its channel perfectly, but the transmitter is only provided with a finite number of channel feedback bits from each receiver. Using a random quantization argument, they quantify the throughput loss due to imperfect channel knowledge as a function of the feedback level.

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