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[Discuss-gnuradio] USRP MIMO node bandwidth

From: Óscar González Fernández
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] USRP MIMO node bandwidth
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 23:46:53 +0100

Dear all.

We are trying to setup a MIMO node using a USRP motherboard and two xcvr2450. Theoretically the maximum allowable transmission bandwidth when using two antennas simultaneously is 4 MHz or 8 MHz if using a single antenna (limited by the bandwidth of the USB port). However, we have seen that the maximum affordable aliasing free bandwidth is approximately 2 MHz due to the poor antialiasing performance of these filters. As we need more bandwidth, the question is: Do you think it could be possible to put a better interpolation filter that fits into the FPGA while mantaining two transmission and reception chains?

Related improvements are already done: http://gnuradio.org/redmine/issues/show/382

The problem is that this modification resource usage is about 96% and only one receive and transmit chains are enabled, thus, losing MIMO capabilities. For maximum bandwidth we think that fixing the total interpolation rate to 32 (supressing the CIC filters) and doing a better (but resource expensive) filtering could be a solution.

Thanks in advance


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