5G Massive MIMO and Beamforming

This short course is designed to introduce the main concepts behind 5G Massive MIMO and beamforming. This will be considered on a high-level basis, with focus on beam creation, as well as key aspects such as the 5G NR (New Radio) SSB (Synchronization Signal Block) location. Finally, Beam Management in 5G is briefly described, including the concept of Beam Sweeping in 5G NR.

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5G Massive MIMO and Beamforming

This course will contain the following topics:

  • What is Massive MIMO?
    • Requirement for Massive MIMO:
      • Antenna Elements.
      • Antenna Arrays.
  • MIMO in 5G:
    • MIMO Spatial Multiplexing.
    • SU-MIMO vs MU-MIMO.
    • Summary of Transmission Path in 5G NR:
      • Codewords, Layers and Antenna Ports.
  • Beamforming (Massive MIMO):
    • Spatial Multiplexing vs Beamforming.
    • Creating a Beam.
    • Narrow Beams and Beam Steering.
    • Beamforming Nulls:
      • Null Beam Steering.
    • Massive MIMO Antennas.
    • MIMO in a Handset.
    • Multiple Panel Antenna.
  • NR Beam Management:
    • Beam Sweeping.
    • SS Block:
      • NR SSB, PSS, SSS, PBCH and DMRS.
    • Beam Management Reference Signals:
      • CSI-RS and SRS.
    • Single and Multiple CSI-RS:
      • CRI (CSI-RS Resource Indicator).
      • PMI (Precoding Matrix Indicator).
    • Transmission Based on SRS.
  • Synchronization Signal Block Location:
    • SS Burst and Burst Set.
    • SS Block Locations.
    • SS/PBCH Block Index Indication.
    • GSCN (Global Synchronization Channel Number).
    • Beam Measurement, Determination and Reporting.

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