Cross Polarization Interference Cancellation (XPIC


Topics of Discussion  What is XPIC? Examples   Design Considerations .

General Comments  Some carrier’s transport system designers are not aware that more than one RF channel may be assigned to a path Some also believe that if you do assign a second channel on a path that another antenna is required And most do not know about XPIC and what it allows a design engineer to accomplish   .

Disclaimers  This presentation is not a sales pitch for NEC equipment  According to Dick Laine at Harris Corporation a similar capability is available for their Megastar Radio .

as well as the 9600 USY ("MDR-9000"). . It is available in the ETSI high capacity radios such as the 9600 LH and UH. Contact your Alcatel representative for additional information.UPDATE 18 March 2004  Alcatel has XPIC capable equipment.

Disclaimers  The presenter only has experience with NEC XPIC equipment Becky Holland and Bruce Blain of NEC wrote an article for RadioResourceMagazine  Information  from that article is presented with the permission of Bruce Blaine .

What is XPIC?  Cross Polarization Interference Cancellation (XPIC) How does microwave radio having XPIC capabilities effectively double the potential capacity of a microwave path?  .

What is XPIC?  It allows the assignment of the same frequency to both the vertical and horizontal polarization on a path Where available frequencies are limited then it is possible to assign the same frequency twice on the same path using both polarizations  .

eight per polarization . four per polarization  Using equipment with XPIC capability sixteen frequencies may be assigned each way on the same path.What is XPIC?  Using standard microwave equipment from any of the major manufacturers. if a full block of eight frequencies were available for a 6 GHz lower band path then eight frequencies could be assigned in each direction on the path.

Vertical  .What is XPIC? Standard Frequency Assignments  XPIC Frequency Assignments 4 Frequencies – Horizontal 4 Frequencies – Vertical 8 Frequencies – Horizontal 8 Frequencies .




Design Considerations  The use of XPIC requires very high cross polarization discrimination antennas such as Andrew HSX-40 dB Cross Polarization discrimination XPIC should be considered in the initial system design – retrofitting the equipment with the required intra bay cables is not easy after the equipment is installed. in fact NEC engineers told me that it cannot be retrofitted in the field  .

Design Considerations  NEC prefers to have ATPC operational on paths using XPIC equipment  ATPC must be turned ON for both directions of a path Adjacent frequencies on a path should be receiving at nearly the same level in order for XPIC equipment to work properly  .

Design Considerations  For Example. if 13T requires ATPC to clear an interference case then 12T and 14T are also required to use ATPC at the same levels Designers must employ XPIC for the protection channel and the first operational channel for the remaining channels 2 through 7 XPIC may be applied on a per channel basis  .

Design Considerations  For circulator coupled XPIC equipment an additional 7. The three-antenna configuration required by some equipment manufacturers because of intermodulation is not required  .1 dB of loss for the transmitters and 7.2 dB of loss for the receivers must be taken into account in the path calculations XPIC equipment will work with one transmit antenna and if required a diversity antenna.

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