Multibeam 60GHz systems

According to the focus application, different system configurations have been identified. In the project, there are identified by different milestones MS.

Rx 60 GHz front-end for SIMO channel sounding 60 GHz front-end Wireless communication
MS2.2:  with analogue beamforming MS2.3: Rx  for MISO communication
MS2.5:  with digital beamforming MS2.4: Tx with N=8 IQ links for M-MIMO communication

Channel sounding

  • MS2.2 : Rx 60 GHz front-end for SIMO channel sounding with analog beamforming
  • MS2.5 : Rx 60 GHz front-end for SIMO channel sounding with digital beamforming

In the first configuration (MS2.2), the use of the transmitarray antenna allows to obtain 8 independent beam of 10° beamwidth over 90° scan angle. This system is mainly dedicated to long range measurement typically for outdoor environment.

The second configuration (MS2.5), without the transmit array antenna, is composed of 8 no directive antennas adapted for a full digital beamforming. This system is dedicated to short range measurement, typically for indoor measurement to characterize multipath effect.

For the channel sounding, two versions are possible:

Figure 2: 60GHZ RX module for channel sounding application

The following table presents a comparison of the performance of our system with the current state of art.


2D scan 3D scan Several fixed beams Analogue beamforming Digital beamforming Scenario of Mobility
[1] 2015 Yes No No No No No
[2] 2015 Yes Yes with a 2D positionner Yes No No No
[3] 2018 Yes No No yes (phase array antenna) No Yes for low mobility
[4] 2018 Yes No No By moving the antenna
(virtual array)
No No
[5] 2019 Yes Yes with a 3D positionner No No No No
M5HESTIA-2019 Yes Yes with a 2D positionner Yes Yes (multibeam system for long range measurement) Yes (lull digital beamforming in 2D for short range measurement) Yes for high mobility

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Wireless communication

  • MS2.3 : Rx 60 GHz front-end for MISO communication

A single RX front-end RF is available with a low (8dBi) or high (21dBi) directivity (with or without transmitarray antenna).

Figure 1: RX for MISO communication


  • MS2.4: Tx 60 GHz front-end with N=8 IQ links for M-MIMO communication

To realise a simultaneous communication with 2 “user” equipments, the B-COM platform will integrate the array of primary sources and the transmitarray antenna to generate 8 isolated beams allowing to create a wireless communication link in the 8 angular sector.

Figure 3: Simultaneous communication with 2 “user” equipments

Figure 4: Integration of the transmitarray antenna in the B-COM platform

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