Mobility

Power-Efficient Directional Wireless Communication on Small Form-Factor Mobile Devices

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Executive Summary

Wireless access is known to be power-hungry for mobile devices. A key reason is that devices radiate power in all directions and much of this power will not reach the destination. To address this waste, the authors present BeamSwitch, a multi-antenna system designed to realize directional communication efficiently. Unlike power-hungry and expensive beamforming, BeamSwitch requires only one transceiver. They provide an 802.11-compliant design and prototype of BeamSwitch. Their measurements show that with three passive directional antennas, BeamSwitch reduces the power consumption of a commercial 802.11 adapter by up to 20% and provide better quality under diverse propagation environments and extreme rotation.

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