Methods and apparatus for transmitting power setting information in a downlink Physical Downlink Shared Channel in a communication system. In this communication system, a plurality of methods for calculating traffictopilot ratios are established. In addition, a mapping scheme between a plurality of overhead signals and a plurality of reference signal overhead ratios, η_{RS}, and the plurality of T2P calculation methods is established. A userspecific T2P ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS }for certain OFDM symbols, a RS overhead ratio η_{RS }and a calculation method selected from the plurality of T2P calculation methods are assigned to a wireless terminal. Then, an overhead signal corresponding to both of the assigned RS overhead ratio η_{RS }and the assigned T2P calculation method is selected in accordance with the mapping scheme and is transmitted to the wireless terminal. In addition, the userspecific traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS }is transmitted to the wireless terminal. The wireless terminal may calculate the traffictopilot ratios across different transmission antennas and different OFDM symbols in dependence upon the received traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS}, and the RS overhead ratio and the T2P calculation method indicated by the RS overhead signal.
CROSSREFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS AND PRIORITY CLAIM
This application is a continuation of U.S. NonProvisional patent application Ser. No. 13/966,102 filed Aug. 13, 2013 and entitled “METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DOWNLINK PDSCH POWER SETTING,” now U.S. Pat. No. 9,113,419, which is a continuation of U.S. NonProvisional patent application Ser. No. 13/541,293 filed Jul. 3, 2012 and entitled “METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DOWNLINK PDSCH POWER SETTING,” now U.S. Pat. No. 8,509,350, which is a continuation of U.S. NonProvisional patent application Ser. No. 12/314,239 filed Dec. 5, 2008 and entitled “METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DOWNLINK PDSCH POWER SETTING,” now U.S. Pat. No. 8,238,455, and claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/136,328 filed Aug. 28, 2008 and entitled “METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DOWNLINK PDSCH POWER SETTING” and U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/006,343 filed Jan. 7, 2008 and entitled “METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DOWNLINK PDSCH POWER SETTING.” The content of the aboveidentified patent documents is incorporated herein by reference.
TECHNICAL FIELD
The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatus for transmitting power setting information in a downlink Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH) in a communication system.
BACKGROUND
This application, pursuant to 37 C.F.R. §1.57, incorporates by reference the following publications:
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 [REF2] R1075077, “Wayforward on Data Power Setting for PDSCH across OFDM Symbols,” Samsung, LGE, Nortel, Qualcomm, etc., November 2007, Jeju, Korea;
 [REF3] R1080047, “Further Discussion on Data Power Setting for PDSCH,” Samsung, January 2008, Seville, Spain;
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 For each UE, the Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH)toRS EPRE ratios among resource elements (REs) in all the OFDM symbols containing RS are equal, and are denoted by P_A,
 For each UE, the PDSCHtoRS EPRE ratios among REs in all the OFDM symbols not containing RS are equal, and are denoted by P_B, and
 For each UE, P_A and P_B are potentially different due to different PDSCH EPRE.
The ratio between P_A and P_B is known at the UE. This ratio can be derived from the signaled RS boosting value, and from other signaling that is needed to derive this ratio.
SUMMARY
It is therefore an object of the present disclosure to provide an improved method and circuit for efficiently utilizing power during wireless transmission of data among a plurality of transmission antennas.
It is another object to provide a method and circuit for transmitting power setting information in a downlink Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH).
According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a method for calculating traffictopilot ratios at a wireless terminal is provided. A table for calculating traffictopilot ratios is established at a wireless terminal. The wireless terminal has a plurality of OFDM symbols available for data transmission, with a subset of the OFDM symbols being used for transmitting reference signals. A reference signal (RS) overhead ratio η_{RS }and a traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS }for certain Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) symbols is received at the wireless terminal. P_{B,k }is a userspecific Energy Per Resource Element (EPRE) power assigned on the nonRS OFDM symbols, and P_{RS }is the RS power per subcarrier. The wireless terminal then calculates traffictopilot ratios across different transmission antennas and different OFDM symbols in dependence upon the calculation table and the number of available transmission antennas in the wireless terminal.
According another aspect of the present disclosure, a method for transmitting power setting information to a wireless terminal is provided. A plurality of methods for calculating traffictopilot ratios (T2P) are established. In addition, a mapping scheme between a plurality of overhead signals, R_ovhd, and a plurality of reference signal (RS) overhead ratios, η_{RS}, and the plurality of T2P calculation methods is established. A userspecific traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS }for certain Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) symbols is assigned to the wireless terminal. A RS overhead ratio .eta..sub.RS and a calculation method selected from the plurality of T2P calculation methods are assigned to the wireless terminal. Then, an overhead signal, R_ovhd, corresponding to both of the assigned RS overhead ratio η_{RS }and the assigned T2P calculation method is selected in accordance with the mapping scheme and is transmitted to the wireless terminal. In addition, the userspecific traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS }is transmitted to the wireless terminal.
The RS overhead signal R_ovhd may be transmitted in one of a cellspecific broadcast message and a userspecific radio resource control (RRC) message. The cellspecific broadcast message may be included in one of a Primary Broadcast Channel (BCH) message and a Dynamic BCH message.
The certain traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS }may be transmitted semistatically in a radio resource control (RRC) message, or dynamically in a Physical Downlink Control Channel (PDCCH) message.
According yet another aspect of the present disclosure, a method for calculating traffictopilot ratios at a wireless terminal is provided. The wireless terminal receives a reference signal (RS) overhead signal indicating both of a RS overhead ratio and a method for calculating traffictopilot (T2P) ratios, and a certain traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS}. The wireless terminal calculates the traffictopilot ratios across different transmission antennas and different OFDM symbols in dependence upon the received traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS}, and the RS overhead ratio and the T2P calculation method indicated by the RS overhead signal.
According to still another aspect of the present disclosure, a method for transmitting a power setting information to a wireless terminal is provided. A plurality of traffictopilot ratios P_{A,k}/P_{RS }and P_{B,k}/P_{RS }for different Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) symbols and different transmission antennas are assigned to the wireless terminal. Then the assigned traffictopilot ratios P_{A,k}/P_{RS }and P_{B,k}/P_{RS }are transmitted explicitly to the wireless terminal.
Before undertaking the DETAILED DESCRIPTION below, it may be advantageous to set forth definitions of certain words and phrases used throughout this patent document: the terms “include” and “comprise,” as well as derivatives thereof, mean inclusion without limitation; the term “or,” is inclusive, meaning and/or; the phrases “associated with” and “associated therewith,” as well as derivatives thereof, may mean to include, be included within, interconnect with, contain, be contained within, connect to or with, couple to or with, be communicable with, cooperate with, interleave, juxtapose, be proximate to, be bound to or with, have, have a property of, or the like; and the term “controller” means any device, system or part thereof that controls at least one operation, where such a device, system or part may be implemented in hardware that is programmable by firmware or software. It should be noted that the functionality associated with any particular controller may be centralized or distributed, whether locally or remotely. Definitions for certain words and phrases are provided throughout this patent document, those of ordinary skill in the art should understand that in many, if not most instances, such definitions apply to prior, as well as future uses of such defined words and phrases.
A more complete appreciation of the disclosure, and many of the attendant advantages thereof, will be readily apparent as the same becomes better understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which like reference symbols indicate the same or similar components, wherein:
FIG. 1 schematically illustrates an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) transceiver chain suitable for the practice of the principles of the present disclosures;
FIG. 2 schematically illustrates a Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) transceiver chain suitable for the practice of the principles of the present disclosure;
FIG. 3 schematically illustrates an example reference signals transmission over six subcarriers within a subframe via four transmission antennas (4 Tx) suitable for the practice of the principles of the present disclosure;
FIG. 4 schematically illustrates an example reference signals transmission over six subcarriers within a subframe via two transmission antennas (2 Tx) suitable for the practice of the principles of the present disclosure;
FIG. 5 schematically illustrates an example reference signals transmission over six subcarriers within a subframe via one transmission antenna (1 Tx) suitable for the practice of the principles of the present disclosure;
FIG. 6 schematically illustrates an example of mapping of downlink reference signals in OFDM symbols 1 and 2 for four transmission antenna;
FIG. 7 schematically illustrates a wireless system including the base station (eNodeB) and the user equipment as an embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure;
FIG. 8 schematically illustrates a flow chart outlining a process for transmitting downlink power setting information at a base station (BS) as an embodiment constructed according to the principles of the present disclosure; and
FIG. 9 schematically illustrates a flow chart outlining a process for calculating power setting information at a unit of user equipment as an embodiment constructed according to the principles of the present disclosure.
FIGS. 1 through 9, discussed below, and the various embodiments used to describe the principles of the present disclosure in this patent document are by way of illustration only and should not be construed in any way to limit the scope of the disclosure. Those skilled in the art will understand that the principles of the present disclosure may be implemented in any suitably arranged wireless communication system.
In this disclosure, we propose methods and apparatus to improve the performance and reduce the overhead of channel quality indication feedback in a communication system.
Aspects, features, and advantages of the subject matter disclosed are readily apparent from the following detailed description, simply by illustrating a number of particular embodiments and implementations, including the best mode contemplated for carrying out the disclosed subject matter. The disclosed subject matter is also amenable to realization in other and different embodiments, and its several details can be modified in various obvious respects, all without departing from the spirit and scope of the disclosure. Accordingly, the drawings and description are to be regarded as illustrative in nature, and not as restrictive. The disclosed subject matter is illustrated by way of example, and not by way of limitation, in the figures of the accompanying drawings.
FIG. 1 illustrates an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) transceiver chain. In a communication system using OFDM technology, at transmitter chain 110, control signals or data 111 is modulated by modulator 112 and is serialtoparallel converted by Serial/Parallel (SIP) converter 113. Inverse Fast Fourier Transform (IFFT) unit 114 is used to transfer the signal from frequency domain to time domain. Cyclic prefix (CP) or zero prefix (ZP) is added to each OFDM symbol by CP insertion unit 116 to avoid or mitigate the impact due to multipath fading. Consequently, the signal is transmitted by transmitter (Tx) front end processing unit 117 and at least one antenna (not shown), or fixed wire or cable. The signal is transmitted from one or more antennas driven by unit 117 via the atmosphere and is subjected to multipath fading to arrive at a receiver. Note that the multipath fading channel illustrated in FIG. 1 refers to a transmission media (for example, atmosphere), and the multipath fading channel is not a component connected to the receiver, nor to the transmitter. At receiver chain 120, assuming perfect time and frequency synchronization are achieved, the signal received by receiver (Rx) front end processing unit 121 is processed by CP removal unit 122. Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) unit 124 transfers the received signal from time domain to frequency domain for further processing.
The total bandwidth in an OFDM system is divided into narrowband frequency units called subcarriers. The number of subcarriers is equal to the FFT/IFFT size N used in the system. In general, the number of subcarriers used for data is less than N because some subcarriers at the edge of the frequency spectrum are reserved as guard subcarriers. In general, no information is transmitted on guard subcarriers.
The basic structure of a multicarrier signal in the time domain is generally made up of time frames, time slots, and OFDM symbols. A frame consists of a number of time slots, whereas each time slot consists of a number of OFDM symbols. The OFDM time domain waveform is generated by applying the inversefastFouriertransform (IFFT) to the OFDM signals in the frequency domain. A copy of the last portion of the time waveform, known as the cyclic prefix (CP), is inserted in the beginning of the waveform itself to form the OFDM symbol. Using the cyclic prefix extension, the samples required for performing the FFT at the receiver can be taken anywhere over the length of the symbol. This provides multipath immunity as well as a tolerance for symbol time synchronization errors.
Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) schemes use multiple transmission antennas and multiple receive antennas to improve the capacity and reliability of a wireless communication channel. A MIMO system promises linear increase in capacity with K where K is the minimum of number of transmit (M) and receive antennas (N), i.e., K=min(M,N). A simplified example of a 4×4 MIMO system is shown in FIG. 2. In this example, four different data streams are transmitted separately from four transmission antennas. The transmitted signals are received at four receive antennas. Some form of spatial signal processing is performed on the received signals in order to recover the four data streams. An example of spatial signal processing is vertical Bell Laboratories Layered SpaceTime (VBLAST) which uses the successive interference cancellation principle to recover the transmitted data streams. Other variants of MIMO schemes include schemes that perform some kind of spacetime coding across the transmission antennas (e.g., diagonal Bell Laboratories Layered SpaceTime (DBLAST)) and also beamforming schemes such as Spatial Division multiple Access (SDMA).
The downlink reference signals mapping for four transmission antennas in the 3GPP LTE (3^{rd }Generation Partnership Project Long Term Evolution) system is shown in FIG. 3. The notation R_{p }is used to denote a resource element used for reference signal transmission on antenna port p. It can be noted that density on antenna ports 2 and 3 is half the density on antenna ports 0 and 1. This leads to weaker channel estimates on antenna ports 2 and 3 relative to channel estimates on antenna ports 0 and 1.
Similarly, FIG. 4 schematically illustrates downlink reference signals mapping for two transmission antennas in the 3GPP LTE system, and FIG. 5 schematically illustrates downlink reference signals mapping for one transmission antenna in the 3GPP LTE system.
An example of reference signals transmission over six subcarriers within the first three OFDM symbols from each of the four antenna ports is shown in FIG. 6. It can be noted that the power available from each antenna port for subcarriers other than the reference signals, e.g., data subcarriers, vary from OFDM symbol to OFDM symbol. Keeping the power level the same across antennas on these subcarriers results in inefficient use of power, because the power level is limited to the minimum power level available from a given antenna port even though other ports may have extra power available. Likewise, keeping the power level the same across OFDM symbols on these subcarriers also results in inefficient use of power, because power level is limited to the minimum power level available in one OFDM symbol although other OFDM symbols may have extra power available. Another solution could be to puncture some data subcarriers in OFDM symbols containing pilots to keep the power level the same across the symbols. This approach, however, may undesirably result in a waste of subcarrier resources thus degrading system performance and capacity.
1. Methods of Calculating TraffictoPilot (T2P) Ratios on all OFDM Symbols for 1, 2, 4 eNodeB Transmit Antennas Cases (1, 2, 4 Tx)
In a first embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure, we show how the P_{A}/P_{B }ratio is calculated from the RS boosting value, which is represented by the RS overhead as a percentage of total power in the RS OFDM symbol. Furthermore, using the P_{A}/P_{B }ratio obtained from the proposed method, we can further specify the T2P ratios on all OFDM symbols, and across different transmit antennas, for cases where we have 1, 2 or 4 transmit antennas (1, 2, or 4 Tx).
Let the total available data power on a nonRS OFDM symbol be E_{B}, and let the total available data power on an RS OFDM symbol be E_{A}=(1−η_{RS})E_{B}, where η_{RS }is the total RS power as a percentage of the total power on the RS OFDM symbol. For the kth user (i.e., UE), let the pair (P_{B,k},N_{B,k}) be the EPRE power and the number of subcarriers assigned on the nonRS OFDM symbols; and let the pair (P_{A,k},N_{A,k}) be the EPRE power and the number of subcarriers assigned on the RS OFDM symbols.
A. For Two (2) Tx (2 eNodeB Transmit Antenna) and Four (4) Tx Case.
We have N_{A,k}=⅔N_{B,k }due to the RS structure in LTE where 2 out of every 6 subcarriers are reserved for RS in RS OFDM symbols (see FIGS. 1 and 2). Furthermore, we propose the ratio between the two data EPREs as:
for k=1, . . . , K, where K is the total number of UEs scheduled. Note the above ratio enables us to use maximum power in both RS and nonRS OFDM symbols at the same time. To see this, assume a powercontrol policy on the nonRS OFDM symbols where
i.e., max power is used in the nonRS OFDM symbols, then it is easy to verify that
which indicates the full use of power on RS OFDM symbols.
B. For One (1) Tx Case.
We have
due to the RS structure in LTE where 1 out of every six subcarriers is reserved for RS in RS OFDM symbols (see FIG. 3). Furthermore, we propose the ratio between the two data EPREs as:
We now organize the above proposal into tables that indicate the TraffictoPilot (T2P) ratios on different antennas and different OFDM symbols. Note “i” is the OFDM symbol index and i=1, . . . 14, and t is the transmit antenna index.
TABLE 1 shows the T2P ratios on all OFDM symbols within a subframe and on all antennas for 1 Tx case. Here iε{1, 5, 8, 12} is the set of OFDM symbols with RS in the normal CP situation, whereas iε{2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14} is the set of OFDM symbols without RS in the normal CP situation with 1 Tx.
TABLE 1  
The T2P ratio for 1Tx case.  
i ∈ {1, 5, 8, 12}  i ∈ {2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14}  
t ∈ {0} 



TABLE 2 shows the T2P ratios on all OFDM symbols within a subframe and on all antennas for 2 Tx case. Here iε{1, 5, 8, 12} is the set of OFDM symbols with RS in the normal CP situation, whereas iε{2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14} is the set of OFDM symbols without RS in the normal CP situation with 2 Tx.
TABLE 2  
The T2P ratio for 2Tx case.  
i ∈ {1, 5, 8, 12}  i ∈ {2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14}  
t ∈ {0, 1} 


TABLE 3 shows the T2P ratios on all OFDM symbols within a subframe and on all antennas for 4 Tx case. Here iε{1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12} is the set of OFDM symbols with RS in the normal CP situation, whereas iε{3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14} is the set of OFDM symbols without RS in the normal CP situation with 4 Tx.
TABLE 3  
The T2P ratio for 4Tx case.  
i ∈ {1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12}  i ∈ {3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14}  
t ∈ {0, 1, 2, 3} 


The kth UE needs to know P_{B,k }and RS overhead ratio η_{RS }and RS to derive P_{A,k}. In practice, T2P ratio is more often used then the actual power, so the kth UE needs to know P_{B,k}/P_{RS }and RS overhead ratio η_{RS }to derive P_{A,k}/P_{RS}. Here P_{RS }is the persubcarrier RS power.
It is important to note that while this ratio allows full use of power in both RS and nonRS OFDM symbols, this ratio does not mandate that full power being used at all time. In fact, simply removing one UE from the K UEs provides an example of not fully using the eNB power.
C. Examples (for 2 Tx Case)
1. If η_{RS}=⅓, then we have
This is the case where the percentage of total power and total bandwidth used for RS overhead is the same. We sometimes refer to this case as “nonboosted RS.”
2. If η_{RS}=⅔, then we have
This is an example of socalled “boosted” case where more percentage of power than bandwidth is used for RS overhead. We note that the data RE powers on the RS OFDM symbols have to be reduced to make room for the RS “boosting.”
2. Other Alternatives for Calculating T2P Ratios in Four (4) Tx Case
For the 4 Tx case, it is noteworthy that if we set T2P according to TABLE 3, then for the RS OFDM symbols, not all antennas are able to transmit at full power. This is due to the fact that for a given OFDM symbol, only half of the antennas will transmit RS, while the other RS will not. If we require equal T2P across all antennas in the RS OFDM symbol, then we are limited to the solution in TABLE 4.
In a second embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure, we allow different T2P values across both antennas and OFDM symbols, and get the following table as one possible 4 Tx solution.
TABLE 4  
Further improvement for 4Tx case allowing  
different T2P ratio across antennas and OFDM symbols.  
i ∈ {3, 4, 6, 7,  
i ∈ {1, 5, 8, 12}  i ∈ {2, 9}  10, 11, 13, 14}  
t ∈ {0, 1} 



t ∈ {2, 3} 



In a third embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure, we allow the 4 Tx antennas to share the RS power overhead in the RS OFDM symbols. This can be achieved by schemes such as using virtual antennas to share the power between different physical antennas. In this case, a virtual antenna is basically a fixed precoding vector applied on the existing physical antennas, and therefore can potentially use the power on all physical antennas. As a result, the T2P ratio across antennas and OFDM symbols are given by TABLE 5.
TABLE 5  
Further improvement for 4Tx case allowing  
different T2P ratio across OFDM symbols.  
i ∈ {1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12}  i ∈ {3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14}  
t ∈ {0, 1, 2, 3} 


3. Signaling of the Parameters Related to DL PDSCH Power Setting.
We further note that the eNodeB (eNB) supports discrete levels of η_{RS}, and we can use a few bits (for example 3 bits) to represent the η_{RS }level. Furthermore, we denote R_ovhd as the eNodeB signaling indicating both the η_{RS }level and the method of computing all the T2P ratios across all antennas and OFDM symbols, according to one of the tables (TABLES 15) as shown above.
In a fourth embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure, one method of such mapping of R_ovhd to η_{RS }level and the method of computing the T2P ratios is illustrated below in TABLE 6. An example of 3bit R_ovhd is shown in this example, and 4 Tx case is assumed. In this example, we observe that the methods specified in TABLE 3 is used for all R_ovhd entries. The number of bits used for R_ovhd can be other than 3 bits used in this example.
TABLE 6  
Example of mapping of R_ovhd to η_{RS }level and the method of  
computing the T2P ratios (3bit R_ovhd and 4Tx assumed).  
R_ovhd  η_{RS }Level  T2P Calculation Method 
000  1/6 = 16.66%  T2P ratio method specified in TABLE 
001  1/3  3, for 4Tx case. 
010  3/6  
011  4/6  
100  5/6  
101  6/6  
110  Reserved  
111  Reserved  
Similar tables (where the same T2P calculations method is applied to all entries) can be constructed for 1 Tx case with Table 1 method, and 2 Tx case with TABLE 2 method, and 4 Tx case with TABLE 4 method, and finally 4 Tx case with TABLE 5 method.
For example, a 3bit R_ovhd design for 2 Tx eNodeB transmit antenna case is shown in TABLE 7 below, where all R_ovhd entries will use T2P calculation method specified in TABLE 2.
TABLE 7  
Example of mapping of R_ovhd to .eta..sub.RS level and the method  
of computing the T2P ratios (3bit R_ovhd and 2Tx assumed).  
R_ovhd  η_{RS }Level  T2P Calculation Method 
000  1/6 = 16.66%  T2P ratio method specified in TABLE 
001  1/3  2, for 2Tx case. 
010  3/6  
011  4/6  
100  5/6  
101  6/6  
110  Reserved  
111  Reserved  
In a fifth embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure, another method of such mapping of R_ovhd to η_{RS }level and the method of computing the T2P ratios is illustrated below in TABLE 8. An example of 3bit R_ovhd is shown in this example, and 4 Tx case is assumed as an example. In this example, we observe that different methods can be used for different entries—the first 5 entries use T2P calculation method specified in TABLE 3, whereas the last 3 entries use T2P calculation method specified in TABLE 5.
TABLE 8  
Example of mapping of R_ovhd to .eta..sub.RS level and the method  
of computing the T2P ratios (3bit R_ovhd and 4Tx assumed).  
R_ovhd  η_{RS }Level  T2P Calculation Method 
000  1/6 = 16.66%  T2P ratio method specified in TABLE 
001  1/3  3, for 4Tx case. 
010  3/6  
011  4/6  
100  5/6  
101  1/3  T2P ratio method specified in TABLE 
110  3/6  5, for 4Tx case. 
111  4/6  
In a sixth embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure, we propose to include the RS overhead signal R_ovhd in either the cellspecific broadcast message or UEspecific radio resource control (RRC) message. Note the cellspecific broadcast message can be either included in Primary Broadcast Channel (BCH) messages, or Dynamic BCH messages (also known as SU). This can be in addition to the UEspecific signaling of P_{B,k}/P_{RS }for the kth UE (if such a P_{B,k}/P_{RS }signal is sent from the eNB at all), where this UEspecific signaling can be either semistatic via RRC signaling or dynamic via Physical Downlink Control Channel (PDCCH) signaling.
After receiving R_ovhd, the UE looks the mapping table of R_ovhd (examples of these tables are shown in TABLES 68) and obtain η_{RS }level, as well the method of computing the T2P ratios across all antennas and all OFDM symbols. The UE then use both the obtained η_{RS }and P_{B,k}/P_{RS }to calculate all other T2P ratios across different antennas and OFDM symbols, according to the method of computing the T2P ratios decoded from R_ovhd value.
FIG. 7 schematically illustrates a wireless system including the base station (eNodeB) and the user equipment as an embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure. As illustrated in FIG. 7, base station 210 is constructed with a memory unit 212, a power setting unit 214, and an antenna unit 216 including at least one antenna. Memory unit 212 stores a plurality of methods for calculating traffictopilot ratios (T2P) as given in Tables 15, and stores a mapping scheme between a plurality of overhead signals, and a plurality of reference signal (RS) overhead ratios and the plurality of T2P calculation methods as given in TABLES 68. Power setting unit 214 assigns a userspecific traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS}, a RS overhead ratio η_{RS }and a calculation method selected from the plurality of T2P calculation methods to user equipment 220. Antenna unit 216 transmits an overhead signal corresponding to both of the assigned RS overhead ratio η_{RS }and the assigned T2P calculation method in accordance with the mapping scheme, and the userspecific traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS}, to user equipment 220.
Similarly, as illustrated in FIG. 7, user equipment 220 is constructed with a memory unit 224, a power setting unit 226, and an antenna unit 222 including at least one antenna. Antenna unit 222 receives an overhead signal and a userspecific traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS }from base station 210. Memory unit 224 stores a plurality of methods for calculating traffictopilot ratios (T2P) as given in TABLES 15, and stores a mapping scheme between a plurality of overhead signals, and a plurality of reference signal (RS) overhead ratios and the plurality of T2P calculation methods as given in TABLES 68. Power setting unit 226 determines a RS overhead ratio and a T2P calculation method independence upon the received RS overhead signal and the mapping scheme stored in memory unit, and calculates the traffictopilot ratios across different transmission antennas and different OFDM symbols in dependence upon the received traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS}, and the RS overhead ratio and the T2P calculation method.
FIG. 8 schematically illustrates a flow chart outlining a process for transmitting downlink power setting information at a base station (BS) as an embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure. First, a plurality of methods for calculating traffictopilot ratios (T2P) are established and stored at the BS via step 310. Then, a mapping scheme between a plurality of overhead signals, R_ovhd, and a plurality of reference signal (RS) overhead ratios, η_{RS}, and the plurality of T2P calculation methods is established and stored at the BS via step 312. A userspecific traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS }for certain Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) symbols, and a RS overhead ratio η_{RS }and a calculation method selected from the plurality of T2P calculation methods are assigned to a unit of user equipment via step 314. An overhead signal, R_ovhd, corresponding to both of the assigned RS overhead ratio η_{RS }and the assigned T2P calculation method is determined in accordance with the mapping scheme via step 316. Finally, the userspecific traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS}, and the overhead signal, R_ovhd, are transmitted to the user equipment via step 318.
FIG. 9 schematically illustrates a flow chart outlining a process for calculating power setting information at a unit of user equipment as an embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure. First, a plurality of methods for calculating traffictopilot ratios (T2P) are established and stored at the UE via step 410. Then, a mapping scheme between a plurality of overhead signals, R_ovhd, and a plurality of reference signal (RS) overhead ratios, η_{RS}, and the plurality of T2P calculation methods is established and stored at the UE via step 412. The UE receives a reference signal (RS) overhead signal and certain traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS }via step 414. The UE determines both of a RS overhead ratio and a method for calculating traffictopilot (T2P) ratios in dependence upon the mapping scheme via step 416. Finally, the UE calculates the traffictopilot ratios across different transmission antennas and different OFDM symbols in dependence upon the received traffictopilot ratio P_{B,k}/P_{RS}, and the RS overhead ratio and the T2P calculation method determined via step 418.
In a seventh embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure, we propose to send the either a UEspecific P_{A,k}/P_{B,k }ratio, or a UEspecific P_{A,k}/P_{RS }ratio, for the kth UE semistatically via RRC signaling. This is in addition to the UEspecific signaling of P_{B,k}/P_{RS }for the kth UE, where this UEspecific signaling can be either semistatic via RRC signaling or dynamic via PDCCH signaling. In this case, at the UE side, all T2P ratios are determined directly from the signaling from the eNB.
In an eighth embodiment according to the principles of the present disclosure, the eNodeB determines the downlink transmit energy per resource element.
A UE may assume downlink reference symbol Energy Per Resource Element (EPRE) is constant across the downlink system bandwidth and is constant across all subframes until different RS power information is received.
For each UE, the PDSCHtoRS EPRE ratio among PDSCH REs in all the OFDM symbols not containing RS is equal and is denoted by ρ_{A}. The UE may assume that for 16 QAM or 64 QAM or RI>1 spatial multiplexing, ρ_{A}, is equal to P_{A }which is a UE specific semistatic parameter signaled in dB by higher layers in the range of [3, 2, 1, 0, −1, −2, −3, −6] using 3bits.
For each UE, the PDSCHtoRS EPRE ratio among PDSCH REs in all the OFDM symbols containing RS is equal and is denoted by ρ_{B}. The cellspecific ratio ρ_{B}/ρ_{A }is given by TABLE 9 according to cellspecific parameter P_{B }signaled by higher layers and the number of configured eNodeB cell specific antenna ports.
TABLE 9  
Ratio of PDSCHtoRS EPRE in symbols with and without reference  
symbols for 1, 2, or 4 cell specific antenna ports  
ρ_{B}/ρ_{A}  
P_{B}  One Antenna Port  Two and Four Antenna Ports 
0  1  5/4 
1  4/5  1 
2  3/5  3/4 
3  2/5  1/2 
For PMCH with 16 QAM or 64 QAM, the UE may assume that the PMCHtoRS EPRE ratio is equal to 0 dB.
Note in the above TABLE 9, we use the notation in Reference [REF5] (TS 36.213 version 8.3.0). TABLE 10 summarizes the difference in the notations used in this disclosure, Reference [REF1] (Chairmen's Note 2007 Jeju), and Reference [REF5] (TS 36.213 version 8.3.0).
TABLE 10  
Different notations used in the present disclosure, Reference  
[REF1] and Reference [REF5]  
T2P (Traffic to  T2P (Traffic to  
Pilot ratio) in OFDM  Pilot ratio) in OFDM  
symbols with RS  symbols without RS  
Present Disclosure  P_{A, k}/P_{RS }(for user k)  P_{B, k}/P_{RS }(for user k)  
Reference [REF1]  P_A  P_B  
Reference [REF5]  ρ_{B}  ρ_{A}  
Now we will observe TABLES 13. In TABLES 13, the second column are the T2P for OFDM symbols with RS, which is
in one antenna case, and
in the two or four antenna case. In other words,
in one antenna case, and
in the two or four antenna case.
Now, if we assume η_{RS }equals to ⅙, ⅓, 3/6, 4/6, we can obtain the corresponding values for
summarized in TABLE 11.
TABLE 11  


η_{RS}  P_{B}  One Antenna Port  Two and Four Antenna Ports  
1/6  0  1  5/4  
1/3  1  4/5  1  
3/6  2  3/5  3/4  
4/5  3  2/5  1/2  
Note that P_{B }in TABLES 9 and 11 is a parameter signaled from the eNB (base station) to the user equipment (UE). For example, instead of signaling a physical value of η_{RS}=⅙, the eNB can simply signal a value of P_{B}=0 to the UE. In this case, upon receiving this signal P_{B}=0, the UE will read TABLE 11 and will figure out that ρ_{B}/ρ_{A}=1 for the 1 Tx case, and ρ_{B}/ρ_{A}=5/4 in the 2 or 4 Tx case
Comparing TABLE 9 with TABLES 13, although the intermediate value η_{RS }does not explicitly show up in TABLE 9, it can be shown that any pairs of values in each row in TABLE 9 follows the relationship of the two equations for
In particular, the ratios of these two values are always
as is observed by the pair of ρ_{B}/ρ_{A }values in each row of TABLE 9.
It should be appreciated that the functions necessary to implement the disclosed subject matter may be embodied in whole or in part using hardware, software, firmware, or some combination thereof using microcontrollers, microprocessors, digital signal processors, programmable logic arrays, or any other suitable types of hardware, software, and/or firmware.
While the disclosed subject matter has been shown and described in connection with the preferred embodiments, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that modifications and variations can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the disclosure as defined by the appended claims.
1. A method of wireless communication, comprising:
receiving first information associated with a first ratio of physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) Energy Per Resource Element (EPRE) to reference signal (RS) EPRE for first orthogonal frequency division multiplexing OFDM symbols not comprising RS;
receiving second information associated with a third ratio of a second ratio to the first ratio, wherein the second ratio is a ratio of PDSCH EPRE to RS EPRE for second OFDM symbols comprising RS;
determining the third ratio based on the second information and a number of antennas, wherein the third ratio for one antenna is one of 1, 4/5, 3/5, and 2/5, and wherein the third ratio for two or four antennas is one of 5/4, 1, 3/4, or 1/2; and
decoding data based on the first ratio and the third ratio.
2. The method of
3. The method of
4. An apparatus, comprising:
an antenna unit configured to
receive first information associated with a first ratio of physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) Energy Per Resource Element (EPRE) to reference signal (RS) EPRE for first orthogonal frequency division multiplexing OFDM symbols not comprising RS, and
receive second information associated with a third ratio of a second ratio to the first ratio, wherein the second ratio is a ratio of PDSCH EPRE to RS EPRE for second OFDM symbols comprising RS; and
a controller configured to
determine the third ratio based on the second information and a number of antennas, wherein the third ratio for one antenna is one of 1, 4/5, 3/5, and 2/5, and wherein the third ratio for two or four antennas is one of 5/4, 1, 3/4, or 1/2, and
decode data based on the first ratio and the third ratio.
5. The apparatus of
6. The apparatus of
7. A method of wireless communication, comprising:
determining first information associated with a first ratio of physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) Energy Per Resource Element (EPRE) to reference signal (RS) EPRE for first orthogonal frequency division multiplexing OFDM symbols not comprising RS;
determining second information based on a number of antenna ports and a third ratio of a second ratio to the first ratio, the second ratio being a ratio PDSCH EPRE to RS EPRE for second OFDM symbols comprising RS, wherein the third ratio for one antenna is one of 1, 4/5, 3/5, and 2/5, and wherein the third ratio for two or four antennas is one of 5/4, 1, 3/4, or 1/2;
encoding data based on the first ratio and the third ratio; and
transmitting the encoded data.
8. The method of
9. The method of
10. An apparatus, comprising:
a controller configured to
determine first information associated with a first ratio of physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) Energy Per Resource Element (EPRE) to reference signal (RS) EPRE for first orthogonal frequency division multiplexing OFDM symbols not comprising RS,
determine second information based on a number of antenna ports and a third ratio of a second ratio to the first ratio, the second ratio being a ratio PDSCH EPRE to RS EPRE for second OFDM symbols comprising RS, wherein the third ratio for one antenna is one of 1, 4/5, 3/5, and 2/5, and wherein the third ratio for two or four antennas is one of 5/4, 1, 3/4, or 1/2,
encode data based on the first ratio and the third ratio; and
a transmitter configured to transmit encoded data.
11. The apparatus of
12. The apparatus of