Patent Number: 8,797,970

Title: Method and system for switching antenna and channel assignments in broadband wireless networks

Abstract: A method and apparatus for antenna switching, grouping, and channel assignments in wireless communication systems. The invention allows multiuser diversity to be exploited with simple antenna operations, therefore increasing the capacity and performance of wireless communications systems. Channel characteristics indicative of signal reception quality for downlink or bi-directional traffic for each channel/antenna resource combination are measured or estimated at a subscriber. Corresponding channel characteristic information is returned to the base station. Channel characteristics information may also be measured or estimated for uplink or bi-directional signals received at each of multiple receive antenna resources. The base station employs channel allocation logic to assign uplink, downlink and/or bi-directional channels for multiple subscribers based on channel characteristics measured and/or estimated for the uplink, downlink and/or bi-directional channels.

Inventors: Xing; Guanbin (Issaquah, WA), Shen; Manyuan (Bellevue, WA), Liu; Hui (Clyde Hill, WA)

Assignee: Adaptix, Inc.

International Classification: H04W 4/00 (20090101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018