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22 February 2024 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm EST

Registration closes on 20 February 2024 at 5:00pm EST

Online via Zoom


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CEU Credits: 0.3 CEUs

Course Description

MIMO is a key technology for achieving a vast increase of wireless communication capacity over a finite electromagnetic spectrum. It uses arrays of multiple antennas on one or both ends of a wireless communication link to enhance signal to noise ratio, combat fading, or create multiple communication paths in order to significantly boost channel capacity. This course will review the theoretical basis of MIMO and will show the necessary conditions and limitations that affect its use. It will also explain the application of MIMO in Wi-Fi and 4G cellular (LTE). In addition, the course will explain multi-user MIMO which accommodates greater throughputs on bands below 6 GHz, and massive MIMO, which will enable the expansion of the useful spectrum to microwave and millimeter wave bands within the framework of 5G cellular communication. Finally, there will be a discussion of antenna design relating to implementing MIMO in small portable devices.

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Who Should Attend

Those working on developing wireless systems for cellular and Wi-Fi networks, as well as the Internet of Things would benefit from this course.  A degree in engineering or physics and at least a basic familiarity with probability and matrix manipulation is recommended.


Alan Bensky

Alan Bensky

MScEE, Electronics Engineering Consultant


Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will:

  • learn how antenna spatial diversity combats multipath fading
  • learn how a channel is defined and what is channel state information
  • understand how large capacity increases can be obtained over given bandwidth and S/N resources
  • learn how MIMO is implemented in cellular and Wi-Fi networks
  • become aware of the practical limitations and implementation issues associated with MIMO.

Course Content

A general course outline follows:

  • What is MIMO? (15m)
    • Multipath – from obstacle to enabler
    • Antenna configurations – from single to multiple antennas on each side of the link
  • The channel matrix – how to define the characteristics of a multipath channel (15m)
  • MIMO and Shannon – Does MIMO break Shannon’s capacity limit rule? (15m)
  • MIMO modes (60m)
    • Diversity – Alamouti algorithm
    • Beam forming – how to create and aim the antenna pattern electronically
    • Spatial multiplex – use of precoding and shaping to unravel the multipath signals
  • MU-MIMO (Multi-user MIMO) – simultaneous independent data links to multiple users over a common time-frequency resource (15m)
  • Massive MIMO – 3D pointing and capacity enhancement (15m)
  • MIMO applications (30m)
    • MIMO in LTE and 5G
    • MIMO in Wi-Fi
  • Antennas – problems of incorporating and decoupling multiple antenna elements in handsets (15m)

Course Materials

A copy of the instructor's PowerPoint slides is included. Access to the streaming video recording is provided for 20 business days after the course has been taught. Earn 0.3 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating and completing the post-course evaluation.

The web conference invitation is sent to each participant upon registration,  Course materials will be emailed to participants at least one business day in advance of the course date.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a course participant cancellation and refund requests cannot be accommodated.

Contact Us

For general inquiries and technical support, contact Tara McNally, Certification and Professional Education Manager.