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This paper presents effectiveness of a RF-controlled spatial fading emulator on MIMO performance evaluation in a street microcell environment in comparison with a radio propagation test. The fading emulator can produce a radio propagation environment with uniform and non-uniform Angular Power Spectra (APS) in the horizontal plane. In this paper, the authors measured MIMO characteristics of four handset arrays in a multipath environment with one cluster by the emulator. From this, good agreement between the results obtained by the emulator and experimental data of a radio propagation test in a street microcell reveals the emulator to be effective in evaluating the handset MIMO performance in a multipath environment.
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