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Application of Multi-input Multi-output Technology in Radar

Ⅰ. About multiple input multiple outputs

Multiple input multiple outputs were originally a concept in the control system of the 5G OTA testing and was later used in the mobile communication system. Since radar echo signals have some characteristics similar to those of mobile communication channels, multiple input multiple outputs are naturally extended to be used in radar signal reception, target detection, and radar imaging. Multiple input multiple output radar uses multiple transmitting antennas to transmit orthogonal signals at the same time to illuminate the target, and then multiple receiving antennas receive the target echo signal and process the echo to extract information such as the target's spatial position and motion state.

Ⅱ. The advantages of multiple input multiple outputs

1. The ability and reliability of radar to detect targets;

2. The accuracy of multiple input multiple output technology for target parameter estimation; 

3. The ability of multiple input multiple output technology to distinguish multiple targets; 

4. The ambiguity of multiple input multiple output target parameter estimation.

Ⅲ. Application of multiple input multiple output technology in radar

Multiple input multiple output radar signals can be separated in the time domain, space domain or polarization domain, and it has the advantages of higher processing dimension, more fully utilized transmitting and receiving aperture, and higher angular resolution.

Multiple input multiple output mimo uses the correlation characteristics of the echo signal caused by the spatial diversity of the target scattering to make the average received energy of the echo approximately constant (smooth the RCS of the air target), improve the fluctuation of the target RCS, improve the detection performance and the target spatial resolution.

Application Of Multiple Input Multiple Output Technology In Radar

The multiple input multiple output radar emits signals orthogonal to each other in all directions so that the multi-transmission waveform cannot be beam-formed in space so that the main lobe gain of the transmitting beam will be reduced to the original 1/M. At the same time, the transmit power of each sub-array becomes 1/M of the original total transmit power, and the power density at distance R is only 1/M of the original. Considering the inverse relationship between power attenuation and distance squared, the radar's anti-signal interception performance is significantly improved.

Each element of the multiple input multiple output radar receiving end receives all the transmitted signals, and obtains multiple echoes through matched filter component selection, thus introducing far more observation channels and degrees of freedom than the actual number of physical elements, which is different from traditional ones. Compared with single/multistatic phased array radar or other OTA test equipment, the overall performance of the radar applied OTA measurement is greatly improved.

Multiple observation channels coexisting in space enable multiple input multiple output radars to collect echo data with different amplitude, time delay or phase information of the target in real-time. This ability to obtain information from multiple channels in parallel is the fundamental advantage of multiple input multiple output radars.

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