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A practical two-stage MMSE based MIMO detector for interference mitigation with non-cooperative interferers

Anish Shah* and Babak Daneshrad

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Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2011, 2011:205  doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2011-205

Published: 19 December 2011


Wireless Multiple Input Multiple Output systems provide system designers with additional degrees of freedom. These can be used to increase throughput, reliability, or even combat spatial interference. The classical Minimum Mean Squared Error (MMSE) solution is the optimal linear estimator for these systems. Its primary drawback is that it requires an estimate of the channel response. This is generally not an issue when interference is absent. However, in environments where interference power is stronger than the desired signal power, this can become difficult to estimate. The problem is even worse in packet-based systems, which rely on training data to estimate the channel before estimating the signal. A strong interference will hinder the receiver's ability to detect the presence of the packet. This makes it impossible to estimate the channel, a critical component for the classical MMSE estimator. For this reason, the classical solution is infeasible in real environments with stronger interferences. We propose a two-stage system that uses practically obtainable channel state information. We will show how this approach significantly improves packet detection, and how the overall solution approaches the performance of the classical MMSE estimator.

MIMO; MMSE; Interference Mitigation