Hybrid Beamforming for Millimeter Wave Systems Using the MMSE Criterion

Tian Lin, Jiaqi Cong, Yu Zhu, Jun Zhang, Khaled Ben Letaief

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Hybrid analog and digital beamforming (HBF) has recently emerged as an attractive technique for millimeter-wave (mmWave) communication systems. It well balances the demand for sufficient beamforming gains to overcome the propagation loss and the desire to reduce the hardware cost and power consumption. In this paper, the mean square error (MSE) is chosen as the performance metric to characterize the transmission reliability. Using the minimum sum-MSE criterion, we investigate the HBF design for broadband mmWave transmissions. To overcome the difficulty of solving the multi-variable design problem, the alternating minimization method is adopted to optimize the hybrid transmit and receive beamformers alternatively. Specifically, a manifold optimization-based HBF algorithm is first proposed, which directly handles the constant modulus constraint of the analog component. Its convergence is then proved. To reduce the computational complexity, we then propose a low-complexity general eigenvalue decomposition-based HBF algorithm in the narrowband scenario and three algorithms via the eigenvalue decomposition and orthogonal matching pursuit methods in the broadband scenario. A particular innovation in our proposed alternating minimization algorithms is a carefully designed initialization method, which leads to a faster convergence. Furthermore, we extend the sum-MSE-based design to that with weighted sum-MSE, which is then connected to the spectral efficiency-based design. Simulation results show that the proposed HBF algorithms achieve a significant performance improvement over existing ones and perform close to full-digital beamforming.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8616797
Pages (from-to)3693-3708
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


  • alternating optimization
  • hybrid analog and digital beamforming (HBF)
  • manifold optimization (MO)
  • Millimeter-wave (mmWave) communications
  • minimum mean square error (MMSE)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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