60 GHz PHY Performance Evaluation with 3D Ray Tracing under Human Shadowing

Genc Z., Wim Van Thillo W. V. T., Bourdoux A., ONUR E.

IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS, vol.1, no.2, pp.117-120, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/wcl.2012.022012.120033
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.117-120
  • Keywords: 60 GHz, BER, communications, directional antennas, home networks, human shadowing, indoor, performance evaluation, PHY, physical layer, wireless
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


This work evaluates the system-level performance of 60 GHz channels by simulating a realistic living room scenario with various numbers of humans and three different antenna configurations. In the first step, a comprehensive ray tracing study with a 3D ray tracing tool is performed to determine the channel impulse responses. Feeding our PHY simulator with the collected channel responses, the performance figures are generated over received SNR. It was observed that for a satisfactory BER performance, a directional antenna with the minimum of 10 dB antenna gain should be used at least in the receiver side when there is human shadowing in the environment.