Patent Number: 8,818,316

Title: Multi-antenna/multi-receiver array diversity system

Abstract: The present invention is a system for increasing Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) in a wireless communication system comprising a plurality of antennas each antenna providing a signal, a device for selecting a subset of signals provided by the plurality of antennas, a maximum ratio combiner for summing the selected subset of signals provided by the plurality of antennas, and a decision device for measuring the selected subset of signals against a predefined threshold. The device for selecting the subset of signals is coupled to the plurality of antennas. The maximum ratio combiner is coupled to the selected subset of signals and the decision device for measuring the selected subset of signals against a predefined threshold. The decision device is coupled to the selecting device such that one selected signal of the selected subset of signals is replaced by an unused signal provided by the plurality of antennas.

Inventors: Ghassemzadeh; Saeed S. (Andover, NJ), Erving; Richard Henry (Piscataway, NJ), Miller, II; Robert Raymond (Convent Station, NJ), Rice; Christopher W. (Parsippany, NJ)

Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.

International Classification: H04B 1/06 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018