Vol.4 No.6 (December 2014)
Performance Analysis of the MRC Decoder for a Massive MIMO System
Based on a massive multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) uplink system, the pair-wise error probability (PEP) of the maximal ratio combining (MRC) decoder on the receiver is analyzed. The channel is assumed to be slow flat fading, and the base station (BS) knows the instant channel state information. Firstly, the MRC decoder is defined for the system. Secondly, a formula calculating the PEP of the system with the decoder is derived. Thirdly, asymptotic analyses of the PEP based on two different situations are given. These analyses reveal facts: 1) The PEP cannot go to zero even when signal-to-noise (SNR) goes to infinity; 2) The PEP goes to zero when the number of antennas at BS is increased to infinity and SNR is fixed. Finally, power scale law on PEP is discussed. Numerical simulations firm the above conclusions.
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