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High Throughput mm-wave communications towards 5G-Advanced

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Enhancing mm-wave 5G-NR systems with MIMO and beamforming

A large amount of bandwidth available at mm-wave frequencies has been exploited in 5G-NR to address the ever-increasing data rate demand. Advanced MIMO technologies, multi-user methods, and improved frame format are used to overcome the challenges in 5G mm-waves. Existing features of the 5G-NR will be revisited in Release-18 which focuses on uplink coverage and MIMO/beamforming enhancements 

A flexible baseband simulator is required to analyze the system performance. Such simulation environments have been developed at IMEC focusing on other standards. The simulator extension towards 5G-NR and 5G-Advanced will be the first part of this thesis. It will include the new features mentioned above (advanced MIMO technologies, multi-stream/multi-user operation) as well as the related elements from the standards such as new beamforming protocols, and multiple-access methods. 

A second part of the thesis will exploit the developed simulator to test different modes and possible enhancements on receiver processing and beamforming. The goal will be to optimize performances under both ideal and realistic operating conditions. 

The successful candidate must show a strong understanding of wireless communications, radio transceivers, signal processing, and linear algebra. Proficiency with MATLAB is a must. 


- Master thesis internship (6 months) 

- Preceded by optional summer internship (3 months) 

Responsible scientist(s): 

Yigit Ertugrul (Yigit.Ertugrul@imec.be), PhD student 

Type of project: Combination of internship and thesis

Duration: 6 months

Required degree: Master of Engineering Technology, Master of Engineering Science, Master of Science

Required background: Electrotechnics/Electrical Engineering

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Yigit Ertugrul (Yigit.Ertugrul@imec.be)

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