Echo MIMO: a method for optimal multiple input multiple output channel estimation and matched cooperative beamforming

A method for estimating a communication channel comprising one or more sub-channels between at least a first transceiver and at least a second transceiver is provided. The method comprises transmitting a first set of training data from the first transceiver to the second transceiver, receiving observed signals at the second transceiver, re-transmitting said observed signal back to the first transceiver, and calculating a roundtrip channel estimate at the first transceiver. The method further comprises transmitting a second set of training data from the second transceiver to the first transceiver, receiving observed signals at the first transceiver, and calculating a reverse link channel estimate. From the roundtrip channel estimate and the reverse link channel estimate, a forward link channel estimate is computed at the first transceiver.

Patent #: 7778607 Issue Date: August 17, 2010