Reverse-link interrogation range of a UHF MIMO-RFID system in Nakagami-m fading channels

Do Yun Kim, Han Shin Jo, Hyungoo Yoon, Cheol Mun, Byung Jun Jang, Jong Gwan Yook

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In this paper, the reverse-link interrogation range (RIR) of ultrahigh-frequency-band passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) is analyzed for single-input and single-output (SISO) and multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) systems with maximal-ratio combining in the pinhole channel, where each channel is modeled as an arbitrarily correlated Nakagami-m distribution. Under the assumptions of perfect channel estimation and no interference, the closed-form expression of average RIR is derived, involving various parameters, such as the number of antennas, correlation, reader structure, and Nakagami- m shaping factor. The results show that the employment of multiple antennas at a reader causes the received SNR to change favorably and contributes to the improvement of the average RIR. Particularly, for the bistatic structure and Rayleigh fading (m = 0 dB), a 3 × 3 MIMO-RFID system can achieve 60% gain in the average RIR compared to the SISO-RFID system. In order to consider more realistic environments, finally, we investigated the influence of interference and imperfect channel estimation on the average RIR of the MIMO-RFID system in the uncorrelated Rayleigh fading channel.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5229149
Pages (from-to)1468-1477
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received March 17, 2009; revised August 7, 2009. First published September 1, 2009; current version published March 10, 2010. This work was supported by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Korea, under the Information Technology Research Center support program supervised by the Institute of Information Technology Assessment (IITA) (IITA-2009-C1090-0902-0038 and IITA-2009-C1090-0904-0002).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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