Power consumption analysis for mobile MmWave and sub-THz receivers

Panagiotis Skrimponis, Sourjya Dutta, Marco Mezzavilla, Sundeep Rangan, Seyed Hadi Mirfarshbafan, Christoph Studer, James Buckwalter, Mark Rodwell

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Power consumption is one of the most significant technical barriers for practical millimeter wave (mmWave) communication devices for mobile applications. Communication in the higher mmWave bands above 100 GHz will face even greater challenges. This paper attempts to provide initial power estimates for mobile mmWave devices under realistic parameter values and state-of-the-art device performance characteristics to understand the performance of such systems today and guide research for the future. Power is estimated for a user equipment in a multicarrier New Radio (NR) system for both a 4×100 MHz system at 28 GHz similar to current 5G deployments as well as a hypothetical 8×200 MHz system at 140 GHz that may be used in future 6G systems. Importantly, the analysis considers power consumption of both the RF front-end components as well as portions of the digital baseband processing. Both analog and fully-digital beamforming are also evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2nd 6G Wireless Summit 2020
Subtitle of host publicationGain Edge for the 6G Era, 6G SUMMIT 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728160474
StatePublished - Mar 2020
Event2nd 6G Wireless Summit, 6G SUMMIT 2020 - Levi, Lapland, Finland
Duration: Mar 17 2020Mar 20 2020

Publication series

Name2nd 6G Wireless Summit 2020: Gain Edge for the 6G Era, 6G SUMMIT 2020


Conference2nd 6G Wireless Summit, 6G SUMMIT 2020
CityLevi, Lapland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Instrumentation


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