MIMO Networks with One-Bit ADCs: Receiver Design and Communication Strategies

Abbas Khalili, Farhad Shirani, Elza Erkip, Yonina C. Eldar

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High resolution analog to digital converters (ADCs) are conventionally used at the receiver terminals to store an accurate digital representation of the received signal, thereby allowing for reliable decoding of transmitted messages. However, in a wide range of applications, such as communication over millimeter wave and massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems, the use of high resolution ADCs is not feasible due to power budget limitations. In the conventional fully digital receiver design, where each receiver antenna is connected to a distinct ADC, reducing the ADC resolution leads to performance loss in terms of achievable rates. One proposed method to mitigate the rate-loss is to use analog linear combiners leading to design of hybrid receivers. Here, the hybrid framework is augmented by the addition of delay elements to allow for temporal analog processing. Two new classes of receivers consisting of delay elements, analog linear combiners, and one-bit ADCs are proposed. The fundamental limits of communication in single and multi-user (uplink and downlink) MIMO systems employing the proposed receivers are investigated. In the high signal to noise ratio regime, it is shown that the proposed receivers achieve the maximum achievable rates among all receivers with the same number of one-bit ADCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1580-1594
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022


  • MMO
  • Millimeter wave (mmWave)
  • multi-user
  • one-bit analog to digital converter (ADC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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