Massive MIMO ? from prototype to processor
Massive MIMO* as antenna technology is by now an implemented part of 5G, the fifth generation for mobile communications. The technology allows to use available spectrum much more efficient as any previous technologies. Steffen Malkowsky?s thesis...
?I did my master?s thesis at the Department for Electrical and Information Technology at LTH, Lund University. I liked the environment, the colleagues and the challenges. Doing research provides freedom to incorporate your own ideas and does not force you to stay completely within one small or well-defined area. When I started I did not really know much about wireless communications, but knowing that Sweden and specifically Lund had a strong presence in the field motivated me even more to get myself into this area.?
?Most fascinating with the thesis work has been the collaboration within several different groups and industry we had while designing, building and implementing the testbed and performing the measurement campaigns. It provided an environment allowing much more insight into other fields and areas as well as getting inspiration. Another highlight has been to research on a technology that is already standardized now that my PhD came to an end. I think there is not many researchers that can see things they are working on so fast being realized in practice.?
?The code base developed during testbed design was the basis for the NI MIMO Framework**, a software platform marketed and distributed by National Instruments and used by many researchers over the world.?
?For now my plan is to stay at the university continuing to do research, and especially working more on our processor design. However, I also want to get involved in some new areas such as real-time processing for machine learning and robotics. What will be afterwards, I cannot tell for now?, Dr Steffen Malkowsky concludes.
* MIMO = Multiple (antennas) In, Multiple (antennas) Out. Massive MIMO ? very many antennas? **Read more about the NI MIMO Framework here: https://www.ni.com/sv-se/innovations/white-papers/16/mimo-application-framework-white-paper.html The Thesis Massive MIMO: Prototyping, Proof-of-Concept & Implementation for download: https://portal.research.lu.se/portal/files/63091253/Thesis.pdf
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