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Design and Calibration of a Double-directional 60 GHz Channel Sounder for Multipath Component Tracking*



Ruoyu Sun, Peter B. Papazian, Jelena Senic, Yeh Lo, Jae-Kark Choi, Kate Remley, Camillo Gentile


The 60 GHz band is being considered for many high bandwidth wireless applications. To support standards development for these applications, NIST has developed an untethered 60 GHz, 8×16 MIMO channel sounder. It employs a pseudorandom bit sequence with a bandwidth of 4 GHz. The sounder can precisely measure radio propagation channel characteristics such as path loss, small-scale fading, delay dispersion, absolutely delay, angle of arrival (AOA), angle of departure (AOD) and Doppler power spectrum. Its ability to measure the time dynamics of the millimeter-wave radio channel when untethered and in motion is unique. It employs electronically switched MIMO antenna arrays, a robot for moving measurements and an automated one dimensional positioner for precision measurements at fixed locations. Sounder performance is improved using pre-distortion filters and precision calibration of the RF and timing systems. Data showing initial AOD and AOD estimation error are presented along with initial test results for ground-plane reflection.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of EuCAP 2017
Conference Dates
March 20-24, 2017
Conference Location
Paris, FR


mmWave, MIMO, channel, measurement


Sun, R. , Papazian, P. , Senic, J. , Lo, Y. , Choi, J. , Remley, K. and Gentile, C. (2017), Design and Calibration of a Double-directional 60 GHz Channel Sounder for Multipath Component Tracking*, Proceedings of EuCAP 2017, Paris, FR, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created March 18, 2017, Updated April 19, 2022