Mobile station apparatus, base station apparatus, and communication method

 

An EPDCCH is made up of an aggregation of one or more resources obtained by dividing one of PRB pairs. In a case where a total number of antenna ports for transmitting reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is four, four resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. In a case where a total number of antenna ports for transmitting reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is two, two resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. A mobile station apparatus includes a reception processor that demodulates, by using reference signals transmitted from the antenna ports corresponding to the resources used for the EPDCCH, signal mapped to the EPDCCH for which decoding and detection are performed.

 

 

TECHNICAL FIELD
The present invention relates to a communication system, a mobile station apparatus, a base station apparatus, a communication method, and an integrated circuit with which, in a communication system including a plurality of mobile station apparatuses and a base station apparatus, a region in which signals including control information are possibly mapped can be efficiently set, a base station apparatus is capable of efficiently transmitting signals including control information to a mobile station apparatus, and the mobile station apparatus is capable of efficiently receiving the signals including the control information from the base station apparatus.
BACKGROUND ART
Evolution of radio access schemes and radio networks for cellular mobile communication (hereinafter referred to as “Long Term Evolution (LTE)” or “Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (EUTRA)”) has been standardized in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). In LTE, an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) scheme, which is a multi-carrier transmission scheme, is used as a communication scheme for wireless communication from a base station apparatus to a mobile station apparatus (hereinafter referred to as downlink (DL)). Also, in LTE, a single-carrier frequency division multiple access (SC-FDMA) scheme, which is a single-carrier transmission scheme, is used as a communication scheme for wireless communication from a mobile station apparatus to a base station apparatus (hereinafter referred to as uplink (UL)). In LTE, a discrete Fourier transform-spread OFDM (DFT-Spread OFDM) scheme is used as an SC-FDMA scheme.
In LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), support of at least the same channel configuration as LTE is being discussed. A channel means a medium used to transmit a signal. A channel used in a physical layer is referred to as a physical channel, and a channel used in a medium access control (MAC) layer is referred to as a logical channel. The types of physical channels include a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) used to transmit and receive downlink data and control information, a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) used to transmit and receive downlink control information, a physical uplink shared channel (PUSCH) used to transmit and receive uplink data and control information, a physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) used to transmit and receive control information, a synchronization channel (SCH) used to establish downlink synchronization, a physical random access channel (PRACH) used to establish uplink synchronization, a physical broadcast channel (PBCH) used to transmit downlink system information, and so forth. A mobile station apparatus or a base station apparatus maps signals generated from control information, data, or the like to respective physical channels, and transmits the signals. Data transmitted on the physical downlink shared channel or the physical uplink shared channel is referred to as a transport block.
Control information mapped to the physical uplink control channel is referred as uplink control information (UCI). The uplink control information is control information (a receive confirmation acknowledgement; ACK/NACK) representing a positive acknowledgement (ACK) or a negative acknowledgement (NACK) for received data mapped to the physical downlink shared channel, control information (Scheduling Request: SR) representing a request for assignment of uplink resources, or control information (Channel Quality Indicator: CQI) representing downlink reception quality (also referred to as channel quality).

In LTE-A, to reduce or suppress interference experienced by a mobile station apparatus in a cell edge area, or to increase the receive signal power, intercell coordinated communication (Cooperative Multipoint: CoMP communication) in which adjacent cells cooperatively communicate with each other is being discussed. For example, a form in which a base station apparatus communicates using an arbitrary single frequency band is referred to as a “cell”. For example, a method in which weighting signal processing (precoding processing) that differs among a plurality of cells is applied to a signal, and a plurality of base station apparatuses coordinate with each other to transmit the signal to the same mobile station apparatus (also referred to as Joint Processing or Joint Transmission) and so forth are being discussed as intercell coordinated communication. With this method, the signal power to interference plus noise power ratio of a mobile station apparatus can be enhanced, and the reception performance in the mobile station apparatus can be improved. For example, a method in which a plurality of cells coordinate with each other to perform scheduling for a mobile station apparatus (Coordinated Scheduling: CS) is being discussed as intercell coordinated communication. With this method, the signal power to interference plus noise power ratio of a mobile station apparatus can be enhanced. For example, a method in which a plurality of cells coordinate with each other to transmit a signal to a mobile station apparatus by applying beamforming (Coordinated beamforming: CB) is being discussed as intercell coordinated communication. With this method, the signal power to interference plus noise power ratio of a mobile station apparatus can be enhanced. For example, a method in which a signal is transmitted using a certain resource in only one cell and a signal is not transmitted using a certain resource in one cell (Blanking, Muting) is being discussed as intercell coordinated communication. With this method, the signal power to interference plus noise power ratio of a mobile station apparatus can be enhanced.
Regarding a plurality of cells used in coordinated communication, different cells may be formed by different base station apparatuses, different cells may be formed by different RRHs (Remote Radio Heads, an outdoor radio unit smaller than a base station apparatus; also referred to as a Remote Radio Unit: RRU) managed by the same base station apparatus, different cells may be formed by a base station apparatus and an RRH managed by the base station apparatus, and different cells may be formed by a base station apparatus and an RRH managed by another base station apparatus different from the base station apparatus.
A base station apparatus with wide coverage is generally referred to as a macro base station apparatus. A base station apparatus with narrow coverage is generally referred to as a pico base station apparatus or a femto base station apparatus. For RRHs, operation in areas of narrower coverage than of macro base station apparatuses is being discussed. A deployment such as a communication system which includes a macro base station apparatus and an RRH, and in which the coverage supported by the macro base station apparatus includes part or all of the coverage supported by the RRH, is referred to as a heterogeneous network deployment. In a communication system with such a heterogeneous network deployment, a method in which a macro base station apparatus and an RRH coordinate with each other to transmit a signal to a mobile station apparatus located in a mutually overlapping coverage area is being discussed. Here, the RRH is managed by the macro base station apparatus, and transmission/reception is controlled. The macro base station apparatus and the RRH are connected to each other by a wired link such as an optical fiber, or by a wireless link using a relay technology. In this way, the macro base station apparatus and the RRH perform coordinated communication using some or all of the same radio resources, and accordingly overall frequency utilization efficiency (transmission capacity) can be increased within the area of coverage constructed by the macro base station apparatus.
In the case of being located near a macro base station apparatus or an RRH, a mobile station apparatus is capable of performing single-cell communication with the macro base station apparatus or the RRH. In other words, a certain mobile station apparatus communicates with a macro base station apparatus or an RRH without using coordinated communication to transmit or receive a signal. For example, the macro base station apparatus receives an uplink signal from a mobile station apparatus that is close in distance to the macro base station apparatus. For example, the RRH receives an uplink signal from a mobile station apparatus that is close in distance to the RRH. Furthermore, in a case where the mobile station apparatus is located near an edge of coverage constructed by the RRH (cell edge), countermeasures against the same channel interference from the macro base station apparatus is necessary. For multi-cell communication (coordinated communication) between a macro base station apparatus and an RRH, a method for reducing or suppressing interference experienced by a mobile station apparatus in a cell edge area by using a CoMP scheme in which adjacent base station apparatuses coordinate with each other is being discussed.
Also, it is discussed that a mobile station apparatus receives signals transmitted from both a macro base station apparatus and an RRH using coordinated communication in the downlink, and transmits a signal to any one of the macro base station apparatus and the RRH in an appropriate form in the uplink. For example, the mobile station apparatus transmits an uplink signal with transmit power that is suitable for the macro base station apparatus to receive the signal. For example, the mobile station apparatus transmits an uplink signal with transmit power that is suitable for the RRH to receive the signal. Accordingly, unnecessary interference in the uplink can be reduced, and the frequency utilization efficiency can be enhanced.
It is necessary for a mobile station apparatus to obtain, regarding a process of receiving a data signal, control information representing a modulation scheme to be used for the data signal, a coding rate, a spatial multiplexing number, a transmit power adjustment value, assignment of resources, and so forth. In LTE-A, introduction of a new control channel for transmitting control information regarding a data signal is being discussed (NPL 1). For example, improvement of the capacity of the entire control channel is being discussed. For example, support of interference coordination in the frequency domain for a new control channel is being discussed. For example, support of spatial multiplexing for a new control channel is being discussed. For example, support of beamforming for a new control channel is being discussed. For example, support of diversity for a new control channel is being discussed. For example, use of a new control channel in a new type of carrier is being discussed. For example, not transmitting a reference signal common to all mobile station apparatuses in a cell in a new type of carrier is being discussed. For example, reducing the frequency of transmitting a reference signal common to all mobile station apparatuses in a cell in a new type of carrier to be lower than in a conventional technology is being discussed. For example, demodulating a signal such as control information using a reference signal specific to a mobile station apparatus in a new type of carrier is being discussed.
For example, applying coordinated communication and multi-antenna transmission for a new control channel as application of beamforming is being discussed. Specifically, it is discussed that a plurality of base station apparatuses and a plurality of RRHs compatible with LTE-A apply precoding processing for a signal on a new control channel, and the same precoding processing is applied to a reference signal (RS) for demodulating the signal on the new control channel. Specifically, it is discussed that a plurality of base station apparatuses and a plurality of RRHs compatible with LTE-A map, in the region of resources where a PDSCH is mapped in LTE, a signal on a new control channel and an RS to which the same precoding processing is applied, and transmit the signal and RS. It is discussed that a mobile station apparatus compatible with LTE-A demodulates the signal on the new control channel subjected to precoding processing using the RS that has been received and subjected to the same precoding processing, and obtain control information. With this method, it is not necessary to transmit and receive information regarding the precoding processing applied to a signal on a new control channel between a base station apparatus and a mobile station apparatus.
For example, as application of diversity, a method for obtaining an effect of frequency diversity by forming a signal on a new control channel using resources separated in the frequency domain is being discussed. On the other hand, a method for forming a signal on a new control channel using resources not separated in the frequency domain in a case where beamforming is applied to the new control channel is being discussed.
CITATION LIST
Non Patent Literature

  • NPL 1: 3GPP TSG RAN1 #66bis, Zhuhai, China, 10-14, October, 2011, R1-113589 “Way Forward on downlink control channel enhancements by UE-specific RS”
SUMMARY OF INVENTION
Technical Problem
It is desirable that a control channel be transmitted and received with efficient use of resources. An amount of resources satisfying requirements for each mobile station apparatus is necessary for the control channel. If resources are not efficiently used for the control channel, the capacity of the control channel cannot be increased, and the number of mobile station apparatuses to which the control channel is assigned cannot be increased.
The present invention has been made in view of the above-described points, and an object of the invention relates to a communication system, a mobile station apparatus, a base station apparatus, a communication method, and an integrated circuit with which, in a communication system including a plurality of mobile station apparatuses and a base station apparatus, a region in which signals including control information are possibly mapped can be efficiently set, a base station apparatus is capable of efficiently transmitting signals including control information to a mobile station apparatus, and the mobile station apparatus is capable of efficiently receiving the signals including the control information from the base station apparatus.
Solution to Problem
(1) To achieve the above-described object, the present invention takes the following measures. That is, a communication system according to the present invention is a communication system including a plurality of mobile station apparatuses, and a base station apparatus that communicates with the plurality of mobile station apparatuses by using an EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel). A plurality of PRB pairs (Physical Resource Block pairs) are configured as a region where the EPDCCH is possibly mapped, and the EPDCCH is made up of an aggregation of one or more resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is four, four resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is two, two resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. The base station apparatus includes a transmission processor that transmits signals mapped to the EPDCCH by using the antenna ports corresponding to the resources used for the EPDCCH. Each of the mobile station apparatuses includes a reception processor that demodulates, by using reference signals transmitted from the antenna ports corresponding to the resources used for the EPDCCH, signals mapped to the EPDCCH for which decoding and detection are performed.
(2) A mobile station apparatus according to the present invention is a mobile station apparatus that communicates with a base station apparatus by using an EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel). A plurality of PRB pairs (Physical Resource Block pairs) are configured as a region where the EPDCCH is possibly mapped, and the EPDCCH is made up of an aggregation of one or more resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is four, four resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is two, two resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. The mobile station apparatus includes a reception processor that demodulates, by using reference signals transmitted from the antenna ports corresponding to the resources used for the EPDCCH, signals mapped to the EPDCCH for which decoding and detection are performed.
(3) A base station apparatus according to the present invention is a base station apparatus that communicates with a plurality of mobile station apparatuses by using an EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel). A plurality of PRB pairs (Physical Resource Block pairs) are configured as a region where the EPDCCH is possibly mapped, and the EPDCCH is made up of an aggregation of one or more resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is four, four resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is two, two resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. The base station apparatus includes a transmission processor that transmits signals mapped to the EPDCCH by using the antenna ports corresponding to the resources used for the EPDCCH.
(4) A communication method according to the present invention is a communication method used for a mobile station apparatus that communicates with a base station apparatus by using an EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel). A plurality of PRB pairs (Physical Resource Block pairs) are configured as a region where the EPDCCH is possibly mapped, and the EPDCCH is made up of an aggregation of one or more resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is four, four resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is two, two resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. The communication method includes a step of demodulating, by using reference signals transmitted from the antenna ports corresponding to the resources used for the EPDCCH, signals mapped to the EPDCCH for which decoding and detection are performed.
(5) A communication method according to the present invention is a communication method used for a base station apparatus that communicates with a plurality of mobile station apparatuses by using an EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel). A plurality of PRB pairs (Physical Resource Block pairs) are configured as a region where the EPDCCH is possibly mapped, and the EPDCCH is made up of an aggregation of one or more resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is four, four resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is two, two resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. The communication method includes a step of transmitting signals mapped to the EPDCCH by using the antenna ports corresponding to the resources used for the EPDCCH.
(6) An integrated circuit according to the present invention is an integrated circuit mounted in a mobile station apparatus that communicates with a base station apparatus by using an EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel). A plurality of PRB pairs (Physical Resource Block pairs) are configured as a region where the EPDCCH is possibly mapped, and the EPDCCH is made up of an aggregation of one or more resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is four, four resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is two, two resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. The integrated circuit includes a reception processor that demodulates, by using reference signals transmitted from the antenna ports corresponding to the resources used for the EPDCCH, signals mapped to the EPDCCH for which decoding and detection are performed.
(7) An integrated circuit according to the present invention is an integrated circuit mounted in a base station apparatus that communicates with a plurality of mobile station apparatuses by using an EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel). A plurality of PRB pairs (Physical Resource Block pairs) are configured as a region where the EPDCCH is possibly mapped, and the EPDCCH is made up of an aggregation of one or more resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is four, four resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. In a case where reference signals are mapped in each of two PRBs forming one of the PRB pairs and a total number of antenna ports for transmitting the reference signals to be used to demodulate signals mapped to the EPDCCH is two, two resources obtained by dividing one of the PRB pairs correspond to the antenna ports of different numbers. The integrated circuit includes a transmission processor that transmits signals mapped to the EPDCCH by using the antenna ports corresponding to the resources used for the EPDCCH.
In this description, the present invention is disclosed in the point of improving a communication system in which a region where a control channel is possibly mapped is set for a mobile station apparatus by a base station apparatus, a mobile station apparatus, a base station apparatus, a communication method, and an integrated circuit. The communication scheme to which the present invention is applicable is not limited to a communication scheme such as LTE or LTE-A having upward compatibility with LTE. For example, the present invention is applicable to a UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System).
Advantageous Effects of Invention
According to the present invention, a base station apparatus is capable of efficiently transmitting a signal including control information to a mobile station apparatus, the mobile station apparatus is capable of efficiently receiving the signal including the control signal from the base station apparatus, and a more efficient communication system can be realized.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of a base station apparatus 3 according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of a transmission processor 107 of the base station apparatus 3 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 3 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of a reception processor 101 of the base station apparatus 3 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 4 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of a mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 5 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of a reception processor 401 of the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 6 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of a transmission processor 407 of the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a process related to setting of a Search space in a second PDCCH region, setting of the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs in a DL PRB pair, and setting of UE-specific RSs used to demodulate individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair in the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 8 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a process related to setting of a Search space in a second PDCCH region, setting of the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs in a DL PRB pair, and setting of transmit antennas (antenna ports) used to transmit the individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair in the base station apparatus 3 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 9 is a diagram schematically illustrating the overview of a communication system according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 10 is a diagram schematically illustrating the configuration of a downlink time frame from the base station apparatus 3 or an RRH 4 to the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 11 is a diagram illustrating an example of mapping of downlink reference signals in a downlink subframe in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 12 is a diagram illustrating an example of mapping of downlink reference signals in a downlink subframe in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 13 is a diagram illustrating a DL PRB pair to which CSI-RSs (channel state information reference signals) for eight antenna ports are mapped.
FIG. 14 is a diagram schematically illustrating the configuration of an uplink time frame from the mobile station apparatus 5 to the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 15 is a diagram illustrating a logical relationship between a first PDCCH and CCEs in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 16 is a diagram illustrating an example of arrangement of resource element groups in a downlink radio frame in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 17 is a diagram schematically illustrating the configuration of regions where second PDCCHs are possibly mapped in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 18 is a diagram illustrating a logical relationship between a second PDCCH and E-CCEs in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 19 is a diagram illustrating an example of the configuration of E-CCEs according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 20 is a diagram illustrating an example of the configuration of E-CCEs according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 21 is a diagram illustrating an example of the configuration of E-CCEs and Localized E-PDCCHs.
FIG. 22 is a diagram illustrating an example of the configuration of E-CCEs and Distributed E-PDCCHs.
FIG. 23 is a diagram illustrating monitoring of second PDCCHs in the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention.
DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS
The technology described in this description can be used in various wireless communication systems, such as a code division multiple access (CDMA) system, a time division multiple access (TDMA) system, a frequency division multiple access (FDMA) system, an orthogonal FDMA (OFDMA) system, a single-carrier FDMA (SC-FDMA) system, and other systems. The terms “system” and “network” can be often used synonymously. A CDMA system can be compatible with radio technologies (standards), such as universal terrestrial radio access (UTRA) and cdma2000 (registered trademark). UTRA includes wideband CDMA (WCDMA) and other improvements of CDMA. cdma2000 covers the standards of IS-2000, IS-95, and IS-856. A TDMA system can be compatible with a radio technology such as Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM (registered trademark)). An OFDMA system can be compatible with radio technologies, such as Evolved UTRA (E-UTRA), Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB), IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi), IEEE 802.16 (WiMAX), IEEE 802.20, and Flash-OFDM (registered trademark). UTRA and E-UTRA correspond to part of universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS). 3GPP LTE (Long Term Evolution) is UMTS that uses E-UTRA in which OFDMA is adopted in the downlink and SC-FDMA is adopted in the uplink. LTE-A is a system, radio technology, and standard achieved by improving LTE. UTRA, E-UTRA, UMTS, LTE, LTE-A, and GSM (registered trademark) are described in documents issued by an organization called 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). cdma2000 and UMB are described in documents issued by an organization called 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2). For clarity, an aspect of the present technology will be described below regarding data communication in LTE and LTE-A, and terms related to LTE and LTE-A will be used in many places of the following description.
Hereinafter, an embodiment of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings. The overview of a communication system and the configuration of a radio frame according to the embodiment will be described with reference to FIGS. 9 to 23. The configuration of the communication system according to the embodiment will be described with reference to FIGS. 1 to 6. Operation processes of the communication system according to the embodiment will be described with reference to FIGS. 7 and 8.
FIG. 9 is a diagram schematically illustrating the overview of the communication system according to the embodiment of the present invention. In the communication system 1 illustrated in FIG. 9, a base station apparatus (eNodeB, NodeB, BS: Base Station, AP: Access Point, also referred to as a macro base station) 3, a plurality of RRHs (Remote Radio Heads, devices including an outdoor radio unit smaller than a base station apparatus, also referred to as Remote Radio Units: RRUs) (also referred to as remote antennas or distributed antennas) 4A, 4B, and 4C, and a plurality of mobile station apparatuses (also referred to as UE: User Equipment, MS: Mobile Stations, MT: Mobile Terminals, terminals, terminal devices, or mobile terminals) 5A, 5B, and 5C communicate with one another. In the embodiment, a description will be given below as appropriate, with each of the RRHs 4A, 4B, and 4C being referred to as an RRH 4, and each of the mobile station apparatuses 5A, 5B, and 5C being referred to as a mobile station apparatus 5. In the communication system 1, the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 coordinate with each other to communicate with the mobile station apparatus 5. In FIG. 9, the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4A perform coordinated communication with the mobile station apparatus 5A, the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4B perform coordinated communication with the mobile station apparatus 5B, and the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4C perform coordinated communication with the mobile station apparatus 5C.
An RRH may be called a specific form of a base station apparatus. Specifically, an RRH may be called a base station apparatus which includes only a signal processor, and in which a parameter to be used in the RRH is set by and scheduling is determined by another base station apparatus. Therefore, in the following description, it should be noted that the expression “base station apparatus 3” includes the RRH 4 as appropriate.

In the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention, coordinated communication (Cooperative Multipoint: CoMP communication) in which a signal is transmitted and received cooperatively using a plurality of cells can be used. For example, a form in which a base station apparatus performs communication using an arbitrary single frequency band is referred to as a “cell”. For example, in coordinated communication, weighting signal processing (precoding processing) that differs among a plurality of cells (the base station apparatus 3 and the RHH 4) is applied to a signal, and the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 coordinate with each other to transmit the signal to the same mobile station apparatus 5 (Joint Processing, Joint Transmission). For example, in coordinated communication, a plurality of cells (the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4) coordinate with each other to perform scheduling for the mobile station apparatus 5 (Coordinated Scheduling: CS). For example, in coordinated communication, a plurality of cells (the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4) coordinate with each other to transmit a signal to the mobile station apparatus 5 by applying beamforming (Coordinated Beamforming: CB). For example, in coordinated communication, only one of cells (the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4) transmits a signal using a certain resource, and the other cell (the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4) does not transmit a signal using a certain resource (Blanking, Muting).
Although a description is omitted in the embodiment of the present invention, regarding a plurality of cells used in coordinated communication, different cells may be formed by different base station apparatuses 3, different cells may be formed by different RRHs 4 managed by the same base station apparatus 3, or different cells may be formed by a base station apparatus 3 and an RRH 4 managed by another base station apparatus 3 different from the base station apparatus 3.
A plurality of cells are physically used as different cells, and may be logically used as the same cell. Specifically, a common cell identifier (physical cell ID) may be used for individual cells. A configuration in which a plurality of transmission apparatuses (the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4) transmit a common signal to the same reception apparatus using the same frequency band is referred to as a single frequency network (SFN).
It is assumed that the deployment of the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention is a heterogeneous network deployment. The communication system 1 includes the base station apparatus 3 and the RRHs 4, and the coverage supported by the base station apparatus 3 includes part or all of the coverage supported by the RRHs 4. Here, “coverage” means an area in which communication can be performed with requirements being satisfied. In the communication system 1, the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 coordinate with each other to transmit a signal to the mobile station apparatus 5 located in a mutually overlapping coverage. Here, the RRH 4 is managed by the base station apparatus 3, and transmission and reception are controlled. The base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 are connected to each other by a wired link such as an optical fiber or a wireless link using a relay technology.
In the case of being located near the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4, the mobile station apparatus 5 may perform single-cell communication with the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4. That is, a certain mobile station apparatus 5 may communicate with the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4 without using coordinated communication, so as to transmit or receive a signal. For example, the base station apparatus 3 may receive an uplink signal from the mobile station apparatus 5 that is close in distance to the base station apparatus 3. For example, the RRH 4 may receive an uplink signal from the mobile station apparatus 5 that is close in distance to the RRH 4. Also, for example, both the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 may receive an uplink signal from the mobile station apparatus 5 located near an edge of the coverage constructed by the RRH 4 (cell edge).
The mobile station apparatus 5 may receive signals transmitted from both the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 using coordinated communication in the downlink, and may transmit a signal to any one of the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 in an appropriate form in the uplink. For example, the mobile station apparatus 5 transmits an uplink signal with transmit power appropriate for the base station apparatus 3 to receive the signal. For example, the mobile station apparatus 5 transmits an uplink signal with transmit power appropriate for the RRH 4 to receive the signal.
In the communication system 1, downlink (DL), which corresponds to a communication direction from the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4 to the mobile station apparatus 5, includes a downlink pilot channel, a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH), and a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH). Coordinated communication is applied to or not applied to the PDSCH. The PDCCH is made up of a first PDCCH and a second PDCCH (E-PDCCH: Enhanced-PDCCH). The downlink pilot channel is made up of a first-type reference signal (CRS described below) used to demodulate the PDSCH and the first PDCCH, a second-type reference signal (UE-specific RS described below) used to demodulate the PDSCH and the second PDCCH, and a third-type reference signal (CSI-RS described below).
From one point of view, the first PDCCH is a physical channel that uses the same transmit port (antenna port, transmit antenna) as that for the first-type reference signal. The second PDCCH is a physical channel that uses the same transmit port as that for the second-type reference signal. The mobile station apparatus 5 demodulates a signal mapped to the first PDCCH by using the first-type reference signal, and demodulates a signal mapped to the second PDCCH by using the second-type reference signal. The first-type reference signal is common to all the mobile station apparatuses 5 in a cell, is inserted into almost all resource blocks, and is usable by any mobile station apparatus 5. Thus, the first PDCCH can be demodulated by any mobile station apparatus 5. On the other hand, the second-type reference signal can be basically inserted into only assigned resource blocks. Precoding processing can be adaptively applied to the second-type reference signal, like data.
From one point of view, the first PDCCH is a control channel mapped to OFDM symbols to which the PDSCH is not mapped. The second PDCCH is a control channel mapped to OFDM symbols to which the PDSCH is mapped. From one point of view, the first PDCCH is a control channel to which a signal is basically mapped over all PRBs in the downlink system band (PRBs in the first slot), and the second PDCCH is a control channel to which a signal is mapped over PRB pairs configured by the base station apparatus 3 in the downlink system band. Although the details will be described below, from one point of view, signal configurations of the first PDCCH and the second PDCCH are different from each other. For the first PDCCH, a CCE configuration described below is used as a signal configuration. For the second PDCCH, an E-CCE (Enhanced-CCE) (first element) configuration described below is used as a signal configuration. In other words, the smallest unit (element) of resources used for the configuration of one control channel differs between the first PDCCH and the second PDCCH. Each control channel includes one or more smallest units.
In the communication system 1, uplink (UL), which corresponds to a communication direction from the mobile station apparatus 5 to the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4, includes a physical uplink shared channel (PUSCH), an uplink pilot channel (uplink reference signal; UL RS, SRS: Sounding Reference Signal, DM RS: Demodulation Reference Signal), and a physical uplink control channel (PUCCH). A channel means a medium used to transmit a signal. A channel used in a physical layer is referred to as a physical channel, and a channel used in a medium access control (MAC) layer is referred to as a logical channel.
The present invention can be applied to a communication system in a case where coordinated communication is applied to the downlink, for example, in a case where multi-antenna transmission is applied to the downlink. To simplify the description, a description will be given of a case where coordinated communication is not applied to the uplink, that is, a case where multi-antenna transmission is not applied to the uplink, but the present invention is not limited to such a case.
The PDSCH is a physical channel used to transmit and receive downlink data and control information (different from control information transmitted on the PDCCH). The PDCCH is a physical channel used to transmit and receive downlink control information (different from control information transmitted on the PDSCH). The PUSCH is a physical channel used to transmit and receive uplink data and control information (different from control information transmitted in the downlink). The PUCCH is a physical channel used to transmit and receive uplink control information (UCI). The types of UCI include a receive confirmation acknowledgement (ACK/NACK) representing a positive acknowledgement (ACK) or a negative acknowledgement (NACK) for downlink data on the PDSCH, a scheduling request (SR) representing whether or not assignment of resources is to be requested, and so forth. Other types of physical channels include a synchronization channel (SCH) used to establish synchronization in the downlink, a physical random access channel (PRACH) used to establish synchronization in the uplink, a physical broadcast channel (PBCH) used to transmit downlink system information (also referred to as SIB: System Information Block), and so forth. The PDSCH is also used to transmit downlink system information.
The mobile station apparatus 5, the base station apparatus 3, or the RRH 4 maps signals generated from control information, data, or the like to individual physical channels, and transmits the signals. The data transmitted on the PDSCH or PUSCH is referred to as a transport block. The area managed by the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4 is called a cell.

FIG. 10 is a diagram schematically illustrating the configuration of a downlink time frame from the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4 to the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 10, the horizontal axis represents the time domain and the vertical axis represents the frequency domain. A downlink time frame is made up of a pair of resource blocks (RBs) (also referred to as physical resource blocks (PRBs)), each resource block being a unit of assignment of resources and having a frequency band and a time band of predetermined widths in the downlink (the pair is referred to as a physical resource block pair (PRB pair)). One downlink PRB pair (referred to as a downlink physical resource block pair (DL PRB pair)) is made up of two PRBs that are contiguous in the time domain in the downlink (referred to as downlink physical resource blocks (DL PRBs)).
In FIG. 10, one DL PRB is made up of twelve subcarriers in the frequency domain of the downlink (referred to as downlink subcarriers), and is made up of seven OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) symbols in the time domain. The system band of the downlink (referred to as a downlink system band) is a downlink communication band of the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4. For example, the system bandwidth of the downlink (referred to as a downlink system bandwidth) is formed of a frequency bandwidth of 20 MHz.
In the downlink system band, a plurality of DL PRBs (DL PRB pairs) are mapped in accordance with the downlink system bandwidth. For example, the downlink system band having a frequency bandwidth of 20 MHz is made up of one hundred and ten DL PRBs (DL PRB pairs).
In the time domain illustrated in FIG. 10, there are a slot made up of seven OFDM symbols (referred to as a downlink slot) and a subframe made up of two downlink slots (referred to as a downlink subframe). A unit made up of one downlink subcarrier and one OFDM symbol is referred to as a resource element (RE) (downlink resource element). In each downlink subframe, at least a PDSCH used to transmit information data (also referred to as a transport block), a first PDCCH used to transmit control information for the PDSCH, and a second PDCCH used to transmit control information for the PDSCH are mapped. In FIG. 10, the first PDCCH is made up of the first to third OFDM symbols in the downlink subframe, and the PDSCH and the second PDCCH are made up of the fourth to fourteenth OFDM symbols in the downlink subframe. The PDSCH and the second PDCCH are mapped to different DL PRBs (DL PRB pairs). The number of OFDM symbols forming the first PDCCH and the number of OFDM symbols forming the PDSCH and the second PDCCH may be changed for each downlink subframe. The number of OFDM symbols forming the second PDCCH may be fixed. For example, regardless of the number of OFDM symbols forming the first PDCCH and the number of OFDM symbols forming the PDSCH, the second PDCCH may be made up of the fourth to fourteenth OFDM symbols of the downlink subframe.
Although not illustrated in FIG. 10, a downlink pilot channel used to transmit a reference signal (RS) of the downlink (referred to as a downlink reference signal) is mapped to a plurality of downlink resource elements in a distributed manner. Here, a downlink reference signal includes at least a first-type reference signal, a second-type reference signal, and a third-type reference signal, which are different from one another. For example, a downlink reference signal is used to estimate channel variations of the PDSCH and PDCCH (first PDCCH, second PDCCH). The first-type reference signal is used to demodulate the PDSCH and the first PDCCH, and is also referred to as a Cell specific RS (CRS). The second-type reference signal is used to demodulate the PDSCH and the second PDCCH, and is also referred to as a UE-specific RS. For example, the third-type reference signal is used only to estimate channel variations, and is also referred to as a Channel State Information RS (CSI-RS). The downlink reference signal is a signal that is known in the communication system 1. The number of downlink resource elements forming the downlink reference signal may depend on the number of transmit antennas (antenna ports) used by the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 to communicate with the mobile station apparatus 5. Hereinafter, a description will be given of a case where a CRS is used as the first-type reference signal, a UE-specific RS is used as the second-type reference signal, and a CSI-RS is used as the third-type reference signal. The UE-specific RS can also be used to demodulate the PDSCH to which coordinated communication is applied and the PDSCH to which coordinated communication is not applied. The UE-specific RS can also be used to demodulate the second PDCCH to which coordinated communication (precoding processing) is applied and the second PDCCH to which coordinated communication is not applied.
To the PDCCH (the first PDCCH or the second PDCCH), a signal generated from control information, such as information representing assignment of DL PRBs (DL PRB pairs) to the PDSCH, information representing assignment of UL PRBs (UL PRB pairs) to the PUSCH, and information representing a mobile station identifier (referred to as a Radio Network Temporary Identifier: RNTI), a modulation scheme, a coding rate, a retransmission parameter, a spatial multiplexing number, a precoding matrix, and a transmit power control command (TPC command), is mapped. The control information included in the PDCCH is referred to as downlink control information (DCI). The DCI including information representing assignment of DL PRBs (DL PRB pairs) to the PDSCH is referred to as downlink assignment (DL assignment, also referred to as Downlink grant), and the DCI including information representing assignment of UL PRBs (UL PRB pairs) to the PUSCH is referred to as uplink grant (referred to as UL grant). The downlink assignment includes a transmit power control command for the PUCCH. The uplink assignment includes a transmit power control command for the PUSCH. One PDCCH includes only information representing assignment of resources of one PDSCH or information representing assignment of resources of one PUSCH, and does not include information representing assignment of resources of a plurality of PDSCHs or information representing assignment of resources of a plurality of PUSCHs.
Furthermore, information to be transmitted on the PDCCH includes a cyclic redundancy check (CRC) code. A detailed description will be given of the relationship among DCI, an RNTI, and a CRC that are transmitted on the PDCCH. A CRC code is generated from DCI by using a predetermined generator polynomial. Processing of exclusive OR (also referred to as scrambling) is performed on the generated CRC code by using an RNTI. A signal generated by modulating a bit representing DCI and a bit generated through processing of exclusive OR performed on the CRC code by using the RNTI (referred to as CRC masked by UE ID) is actually transmitted on the PDCCH.
The resource of the PDSCH is mapped to the same downlink subframe as the downlink subframe to which the resource of the PDCCH including the downlink assignment used to assign the resource of the PDSCH in the time domain is mapped.
Mapping of downlink reference signals will be described. FIG. 11 is a diagram illustrating an example of mapping of downlink reference signals in a downlink subframe in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention. To simplify the description, mapping of downlink reference signals in a certain DL PRB pair will be described with reference to FIG. 11. In a plurality of DL PRB pairs in the downlink system band, the same mapping method is used.
Among the shaded downlink resource elements, R0 and R1 represent CRSs for antenna ports 0 and 1, respectively. Here, an antenna port means a logical antenna used in signal processing. One antenna port may be made up of a plurality of physical antennas. A plurality of physical antennas forming the same antenna port transmit the same signal. Within the same antenna port, delay diversity or CDD (Cyclic Delay Diversity) may be applied by using a plurality of physical antennas, but other signal processing cannot be used. Here, FIG. 11 illustrates a case where CRSs correspond to two antenna ports. However, the communication system according to the embodiment may correspond to a different number of antenna ports. For example, a CRS corresponding to one antenna port or four antenna ports may be mapped to downlink resources. The CRS can be mapped to all the DL PRB pairs in the downlink system band.
Among the shaded downlink resource elements, D1 represents a UE-specific RS. In the case of transmitting a UE-specific RS by using a plurality of antenna ports, different codes are used by the individual antenna ports. That is, CDM (Code Division Multiplexing) is applied to the UE-specific RS. Here, regarding a UE-specific RS, the length of a code used in CDM and the number of downlink resource elements used for mapping may be changed in accordance with the type of signal processing (the number of antenna ports) used for a control signal or data signal to be mapped to the DL PRB pair. FIG. 11 illustrates an example of mapping of a UE-specific RS in a case where the number of antenna ports used to transmit the UE-specific RS is one (antenna port 7) or two (antenna port 7 and antenna port 8). For example, in the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4, in a case where the number of antenna ports used to transmit UE-specific RSs is two, the UE-specific RSs are multiplexed and mapped by using a code having a length of two, with two downlink resource elements in the time domain (OFDM symbols) contiguous in the same frequency domain (subcarrier) being one unit (the unit of CDM). In other words, in this case, CDM is applied to multiplexing of the UE-specific RSs. In FIG. 11, the UE-specific RSs for the antenna port 7 and the antenna port 8 are multiplexed with D1 by using CDM.
FIG. 12 is a diagram illustrating an example of mapping of downlink reference signals in a downlink subframe in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention. Among the shaded downlink resource elements, D1 and D2 represent UE-specific RSs. FIG. 12 illustrates an example of mapping of UE-specific RSs in a case where the number of antenna ports used to transmit UE-specific RSs is three (antenna port 7, antenna port 8, and antenna port 9) or four (antenna port 7, antenna port 8, antenna port 9, and antenna port 10). For example, in the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4, in a case where the number of antenna ports used to transmit UE-specific RSs is four, the number of downlink resource elements to which the UE-specific RSs are mapped is doubled, and the UE-specific RSs are multiplexed with and mapped to downlink resource elements that differ every two antenna ports. In other words, in this case, CDM and FDM (Frequency Division Multiplexing) are applied to multiplex the UE-specific RSs. In FIG. 12, the UE-specific RSs for the antenna port 7 and the antenna port 8 are multiplexed with D1 by using CDM, and the UE-specific RSs for the antenna port 8 and the antenna port 9 are multiplexed with D2 by using CDM.
For example, in a case where the number of antenna ports used to transmit UE-specific RSs in the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 is eight, the number of downlink resource elements to which the UE-specific RSs are mapped is doubled, and the UE-specific RSs are multiplexed and mapped using a code having a length of four, with four downlink resource elements being one unit. In other words, in this case, CDM of different code lengths is applied to multiplexing the UE-specific RSs.
In the UE-specific RS, a scramble code is further superposed on the code of each antenna port. The scramble code is generated on the basis of a cell ID and scramble ID reported from the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4. For example, the scramble code is generated from a pseudo-random sequence that is generated on the basis of a cell ID and scramble ID reported from the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4. For example, the scramble ID is a value representing 0 or 1. The scramble ID and antenna port to be used may be subjected to joint coding, and information representing them may be indexed. To generate a scramble code used for a UE-specific RS, parameters individually reported for the individual mobile station apparatuses 5 may be used. The UE-specific RS is mapped within a DL PRB pair of the PDSCH and the second PDCCH assigned to the mobile station apparatus 5 for which use of the UE-specific RS has been set.
Each of the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 may assign a signal of CRS to different downlink resource elements, or may assign a signal of CRS to the same downlink resource element. For example, in a case where a cell ID reported from the base station apparatus 3 is different from a cell ID reported from the RRH 4, a signal of CRS may be assigned to different downlink resource elements. In another example, only the base station apparatus 3 may assign a signal of CRS to some of downlink resource elements, whereas the RRH 4 does not have to assign a signal of CRS to any downlink resource element. For example, in a case where a cell ID is reported from only the base station apparatus 3, a signal of CRS may be assigned as described above. In another example, the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 may assign a signal of CRS to the same downlink resource element, and the same sequence may be transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4. For example, in a case where the cell IDs reported from the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 are the same, a signal of CRS may be assigned as described above.
FIG. 13 is a diagram illustrating a DL PRB pair to which CSI-RSs (channel state information reference signals) for eight antenna ports are mapped. FIG. 13 illustrates a case where CSI-RSs are mapped in a case where the number of antenna ports (the number of CSI ports) used in the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 is eight. In FIG. 13, illustration of a CRS, a UE-specific RS, a PDCCH, a PDSCH, and so forth is omitted to simplify the description.
The CSI-RSs are code-division-multiplexed for every two CSI ports, that is, in individual CDM groups, two chips of orthogonal codes (Walsh codes) are used, and CSI ports (ports of CSI-RSs (antenna ports, resource grid)) are assigned to the individual orthogonal codes. Further, the individual CDM groups are frequency-division-multiplexed. By using four CDM groups, CSI-RSs for eight antenna ports, CSI ports 1 to 8 (antenna ports 15 to 22), are mapped. For example, in a CDM group C1 of the CSI-RSs, the CSI-RSs for the CSI ports 1 and 2 (antenna ports 15 and 16) are code-division-multiplexed and mapped. In a CDM group C2 of the CSI-RSs, the CSI-RSs for the CSI ports 3 and 4 (antenna ports 17 and 18) are code-division-multiplexed and mapped. In a CDM group C3 of the CSI-RSs, the CSI-RSs for the CSI ports 5 and 6 (antenna ports 19 and 20) are code-division-multiplexed and mapped. In a CDM group C4 of the CSI-RSs, the CSI-RSs for the CSI ports 7 and 8 (antenna ports 21 and 22) are code-division-multiplexed and mapped.
In a case where the number of antenna ports for the CSI-RSs of the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 is eight, the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 are capable of setting the number of layers (rank, spatial multiplexing number) to be applied to the PDSCH to eight at maximum. Further, the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 are capable of transmitting a CSI-RS in a case where the number of antenna ports for the CSI-RS is one, two, or four. The base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 are capable of transmitting a CSI-RS for one antenna port or two antenna ports by using the CDM group C1 of the CSI-RS illustrated in FIG. 13. The base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 are capable of transmitting CSI-RSs for four antenna ports by using the CDM groups C1 and C2 of the CSI-RSs illustrated in FIG. 13.
The base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 may assign a signal of CSI-RS to different downlink resource elements, or may assign a signal of CSI-RS to the same downlink resource element. For example, the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4 may assign different downlink resource elements and/or different signal sequences to a CSI-RS. In the mobile station apparatus 5, a CSI-RS transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 and a CSI-RS transmitted from the RRH 4 are identified as CSI-RSs corresponding to different antenna ports. For example, the base station apparatus and the RRH 4 may assign the same downlink resource element to a CSI-RS, and the same sequence may be transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4.
The configuration of a CSI-RS (CSI-RS-Config-r10) is reported from the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4 to the mobile station apparatus 5. The configuration of a CSI-RS includes at least information representing the number of antenna ports set for CSI-RSs (antennaPortsCount-r10), information representing a downlink subframe to which a CSI-RS is mapped (subframeConfig-r10), and information representing the frequency domain to which a CSI-RS is mapped (ResourceConfig-r10). The number of antenna ports for CSI-RSs is, for example, any one of one, two, four, and eight. As information representing the frequency domain in which a CSI-RS is mapped, an index indicating the position of a head resource element among resource elements to which the CSI-RS corresponding to the antenna port 15 (CSI port 1) is mapped is used. If the position of the CSI-RS corresponding to the antenna port 15 is determined, the CSI-RSs corresponding to the other antenna ports are uniquely determined on the basis of a predetermined rule. As information representing a downlink subframe to which a CSI-RS is mapped, the position and period of the downlink subframe to which the CSI-RS is mapped are indicated by an index. For example, if the index of subframeConfig-r10 is 5, it means that a CSI-RS is mapped every ten subframes, and that, in a radio frame in which ten subframes serve as a unit, a CSI-RS is mapped to subframe 0 (the number of a subframe in a radio frame). In another example, if the index of subframeConfig-r10 is 1, it means that a CSI-RS is mapped every five subframes, and that, in a radio frame in which ten subframes serve as a unit, CSI-RSs are mapped to subframes 1 and 6.

FIG. 14 is a diagram schematically illustrating the configuration of an uplink time frame from the mobile station apparatus 5 to the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4 according to the embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 14, the horizontal axis represents the time domain and the vertical axis represents the frequency domain. An uplink time frame is made up of a pair of physical resource blocks (referred to as an uplink physical resource block pair (UL PRB pair)), each resource block pair being a unit of assignment of resources, each resource block having a frequency band and a time band of predetermined widths in the uplink. One UL PRB pair is made up of two uplink PRBs that are contiguous in the time domain in the uplink (referred to as uplink physical resource blocks (UL PRBs)).
In FIG. 14, one UL PRB is made up of twelve subcarriers in the frequency domain of the uplink (referred to as uplink subcarriers), and is made up of seven SC-FDMA (Single-Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access) symbols in the time domain. The system band of the uplink (referred to as an uplink system band) is an uplink communication band of the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4. For example, the system bandwidth of the uplink (referred to as an uplink system bandwidth) is formed of a frequency bandwidth of 20 MHz.
In the uplink system band, a plurality of UL PRBs (UL PRB pairs) are mapped in accordance with the uplink system bandwidth. For example, the uplink system band having a frequency bandwidth of 20 MHz is made up of one hundred and ten UL PRBs (UL PRB pairs). In the time domain illustrated in FIG. 14, there are a slot made up of seven SC-FDMA symbols (referred to as an uplink slot) and a subframe made up of two uplink slots (referred to as an uplink subframe). A unit made up of one uplink subcarrier and one SC-FDMA symbol is referred to as a resource element (referred to as an uplink resource element).
In each uplink subframe, at least a PUSCH used to transmit information data, a PUCCH used to transmit uplink control information (UCI), and a UL RS (DM RS) for demodulating the PUSCH and PUCCH (estimating channel variations) are mapped. Although not illustrated, a PRACH used to establish uplink synchronization is mapped to any uplink subframe. Further, although not illustrated, a UL RS (SRS) used to measure channel quality or an out-of-synchronization state is mapped to any uplink subframe. The PUCCH is used to transmit a UCI (ACK/NACK) representing a positive acknowledgement (ACK) or a negative acknowledgement (NACK) for data received using the PDSCH, a UCI (SR: Scheduling Request) at least representing whether or not assignment of uplink resources is to be requested, and a UCI (CQI: Channel Quality Indicator) representing reception quality in the downlink (also referred to as channel quality).
In a case where the mobile station apparatus 5 requests assignment of uplink resources to the base station apparatus 3, the mobile station apparatus 5 transmits a signal on the PUCCH for transmitting an SR. The base station apparatus 3 determines, from a result indicating that a signal has been detected in the resource of the PUCCH for transmitting an SR, that the mobile station apparatus 5 requests assignment of uplink resources. In a case where the mobile station apparatus 5 does not request assignment of uplink resources to the base station apparatus 3, the mobile station apparatus 5 does not transmit any signal on the pre-assigned resource of the PUCCH for transmitting an SR. The base station apparatus 3 determines, from a result indicating that a signal is not detected in the resource of the PUCCH for transmitting an SR, that the mobile station apparatus 5 does not request assignment of uplink resources.
The PUCCH uses different types of signal configurations in individual cases where a UCI made up of an ACK/NACK is transmitted, where a UCI made up of an SR is transmitted, and where a UCI made up of a CQI is transmitted. The PUCCH used to transmit an ACK/NACK is referred to as PUCCH format 1a or PUCCH format 1b. In PUCCH format 1a, BPSK (Binary Phase Shift Keying) is used as a modulation scheme for modulating information regarding an ACK/NACK. In PUCCH format 1a, one-bit information is indicated by a modulated signal. In PUCCH format 1b, QPSK (Quadrature Phase Shift Keying) is used as a modulation scheme for modulating information regarding an ACK/NACK. In PUCCH format 1b, two-bit information is indicated by a modulated signal. The PUCCH used to transmit an SR is referred to as PUCCH format 1. The PUCCH used to transmit a CQI is referred to as PUCCH format 2. The PUCCH used to simultaneously transmit a CQI and an ACK/NACK is referred to as PUCCH format 2a or PUCCH format 2b. In PUCCH format 2a or PUCCH format 2b, a reference signal on an uplink pilot channel (DM RS) is multiplied by a modulated signal generated from information on an ACK/NACK. In PUCCH format 2a, one-bit information regarding an ACK/NACK and information regarding a CQI are transmitted. In PUCCH format 2b, two-bit information regarding an ACK/NACK and information regarding a CQI are transmitted.
One PUSCH is made up of one or more UL PRB pairs. One PUCCH is made up of two UL PRBs that are in a symmetrical relationship in the frequency domain within the uplink system band, and are positioned in different uplink slots. One PRACH is made up of six UL PRB pairs. For example, referring to FIG. 14, in an uplink subframe, the UL PRB of the lowest frequency in the first uplink slot and the UL PRB of the highest frequency in the second uplink slot form one UL PRB pair used for PUCCH. In a case where the mobile station apparatus 5 is set so as not to perform simultaneous transmission of the PUSCH and PUCCH, if the resource of the PUCCH and the resource of the PUSCH are assigned in the same uplink subframe, the mobile station apparatus 5 transmits a signal using only the resource of the PUSCH. In a case where the mobile station apparatus 5 is set so as to perform simultaneous transmission of the PUSCH and PUCCH, if the resource of the PUCCH and the resource of the PUSCH are assigned in the same uplink subframe, the mobile station apparatus 5 is basically capable of transmitting a signal using both the resource of the PUCCH and the resource of the PUSCH.
A UL RS is a signal used for an uplink pilot channel. The UL RS is made up of a demodulation reference signal (DM RS) used to estimate channel variations of the PUSCH and PUCCH, and a sounding reference signal (SRS) used to measure channel quality for frequency scheduling and adaptive modulation of the PUSCH of the base station apparatus 3 and the RRH 4, and to measure an out-of-synchronization state between the base station apparatus 3 or the RRH 4 and the mobile station apparatus 5. To simplify the description, an SRS is not illustrated in FIG. 14. A DM RS is mapped to different SC-FDMA symbols in the case of being mapped within the same UL PRB as the PUSCH and the case of being mapped within the same UL PRB as the PUCCH. The DM RS is a signal known in the communication system 1 and is used to estimate channel variations of the PUSCH and PUCCH.
In the case of being mapped within the same UL PRB as the PUSCH, the DM RS is mapped to the fourth SC-FDMA symbol in an uplink slot. In the case of being mapped within the same UL PRB as the PUCCH including an ACK/NACK, the DM RS is mapped to the third, fourth, and fifth SC-FDMA symbols in an uplink slot. In the case of being mapped within the same UL PRB as the PUCCH including an SR, the DM RS is mapped to the third, fourth, and fifth SC-FDMA symbols in an uplink slot. In the case of being mapped within the same UL PRB as the PUCCH including a CQI, the DM RS is mapped to the second and sixth SC-FDMA symbols in an uplink slot.
An SRS is mapped within the UL PRB determined by the base station apparatus 3, and is mapped to the fourteenth SC-FDMA symbol in an uplink subframe (the seventh SC-FDMA symbol in the second uplink slot in the uplink subframe). The SRS can be mapped to only the uplink subframe determined by the base station apparatus 3 in the cell (referred to as a sounding reference signal subframe; SRS subframe). The base station apparatus 3 assigns, for each mobile station apparatus 5, a period of transmitting an SRS and an UL PRB assigned to the SRS for the SRS subframe.
FIG. 14 illustrates a state where the PUCCH is mapped to the endmost UL PRB in the frequency domain in the uplink system band. Alternatively, the second or third UL PRB from the end of the uplink system band may be used for the PUCCH.
In the PUCCH, code multiplexing in the frequency domain and code multiplexing in the time domain are used. Code multiplexing in the frequency domain is implemented by multiplying, in units of subcarriers, each code of a code sequence by a modulated signal modulated from uplink control information. Code multiplexing in the time domain is implemented by multiplying, in units of SC-FDMA symbols, each code of a code sequence by a modulated signal modulated from uplink control information. A plurality of PUCCHs are mapped to the same UL PRB, different codes are assigned to the individual PUCCHs, and code multiplexing is realized by the assigned codes in the frequency domain or the time domain. In the PUCCH used to transmit an ACK/NACK (referred to as PUCCH format 1a or PUCCH format 1b), code multiplexing in the frequency domain and the time domain is used. In the PUCCH used to transmit an SR (referred to as PUCCH format 1), code multiplexing in the frequency domain and the time domain is used. In the PUCCH used to transmit a CQI (referred to as PUCCH format 2, PUCCH format 2a, or PUCCH format 2b), code multiplexing in the frequency domain is used. To simplify the description, the description of code multiplexing of the PUCCH is omitted as appropriate.
The resource of the PUSCH is mapped in the time domain in the uplink subframe after a certain number (for example, four) from the downlink subframe in which the resource of the PDCCH including an uplink grant used to assign the resource of the PUSCH is mapped.
The resource of the PDSCH is mapped in the time domain in the same downlink subframe as the downlink subframe in which the resource of the PDCCH including a downlink assignment used to assign the resource of the PDSCH is mapped.

The first PDCCH is made up of a plurality of control channel elements (CCEs). The number of CCEs used in each downlink system band depends on a downlink system bandwidth, the number of OFDM symbols forming the first PDCCH, and the number of downlink reference signals on a downlink pilot channel corresponding to the number of transmit antennas of the base station apparatus 3 (or the RRH 4) used for communication. A CCE is made up of a plurality of downlink resource elements, as described below.
FIG. 15 is a diagram illustrating a logical relationship between the first PDCCH and CCEs in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention. CCEs used between the base station apparatus 3 (or the RRH 4) and the mobile station apparatus 5 have numbers identifying the CCEs. The numbers are assigned to the CCEs on the basis of a predetermined rule. Here, “CCE t” represents a CCE having a CCE number “t”. The first PDCCH is made up of an aggregation of a plurality of CCEs (CCE Aggregation). The number of CCEs forming the aggregation is hereinafter referred to as “CCE aggregation number”. The CCE aggregation number forming the first PDCCH is set by the base station apparatus 3 in accordance with a coding rate set to the first PDCCH and the number of bits of DCI included in the first PDCCH. An aggregation made up of n CCEs is hereinafter referred to as “CCE aggregation n”.
For example, the base station apparatus 3 forms the first PDCCH using one CCE (CCE aggregation 1), forms the first PDCCH using two CCEs (CCE aggregation 2), forms the first PDCCH using four CCEs (CCE aggregation 4), or forms the first PDCCH using eight CCEs (CCE aggregation 8). For example, the base station apparatus 3 uses, for the mobile station apparatus 3 with good channel quality, a CCE aggregation number in which the number of CCEs forming the first PDCCH is small, and uses, for the mobile station apparatus 3 with bad channel quality, a CCE aggregation number in which the number of CCEs forming the first PDCCH is large. Also, for example, in the case of transmitting DCI of a small number of bits, the base station apparatus 3 uses a CCE aggregation number in which the number of CCEs forming the first PDCCH is small. In the case of transmitting DCI of a large number of bits, the base station apparatus 3 uses a CCE aggregation number in which the number of CCEs forming the first PDCCH is large.
In FIG. 15, shaded elements are first PDCCH candidates. The first PDCCH candidates are targets for which the mobile station apparatus 5 performs decoding and detection of the first PDCCH. First PDCCH candidates are independently configured for individual CCE aggregation numbers. Each of the first PDCCH candidates configured for the individual CCE aggregation numbers is made up of one or more different CCEs. For each CCE aggregation number, the number of first PDCCH candidates is independently set. The first PDCCH candidates configured for each CCE aggregation number are made up of CCEs having consecutive numbers. The mobile station apparatus 5 performs decoding and detection of the first PDCCH for the first PDCCH candidates, the number of which is set for each CCE aggregation number. If the mobile station apparatus 5 determines that a first PDCCH for the mobile station apparatus 5 has been detected, the mobile station apparatus 5 does not have to perform decoding and detection of the first PDCCH for part of the first PDCCH candidates.
A plurality of downlink resource elements forming a CCE are made up of a plurality of resource element groups (REGs, also referred to as mini-CCEs). A resource element group is made up of a plurality of downlink resource elements. For example, one resource element group is made up of four downlink resource elements. FIG. 16 is a diagram illustrating an example of arrangement of resource element groups in a downlink radio frame in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention. Here, resource element groups used for the first PDCCH are illustrated, and illustration and description regarding a non-related part (PDSCH, second PDCCH, UE-specific RS, CSI-RS) are omitted. Here, a description will be given of a case where the first PDCCH is made up of the first to third OFDM symbols and downlink reference signals (R0, R1) corresponding to the CRSs for two transmit antennas (antenna port 0, antenna port 1) are mapped. In FIG. 16, the vertical axis represents the frequency domain and the horizontal axis represents the time domain.
In the example of arrangement illustrated in FIG. 16, one resource element group is made up of four downlink resource elements that are adjacent in the frequency domain. In FIG. 16, the downlink resource elements with the same number of the first PDCCH belong to the same resource element group. Resource element groups are formed, with resource elements R0 (a downlink reference signal for the antenna port 0) and R1 (a downlink reference signal for the antenna port 1) to which downlink reference signals are mapped being skipped. In FIG. 16, a number “1” is assigned to the resource element group of the first OFDM symbol with the lowest frequency, a number “2” is assigned to the resource element group of the second OFDM symbol with the lowest frequency, and a number “3” is assigned to the resource element group of the third OFDM symbol with the lowest frequency. Also, FIG. 16 illustrates that a number “4” is assigned to the resource element group adjacent in frequency to the resource element group having a number “2” of the second OFDM symbol to which a downlink reference signal is not mapped, and that a number “5” is assigned to the resource element group adjacent in frequency to the resource element group having a number “3” of the third OFDM symbol to which a downlink reference signal is not mapped. Further, FIG. 16 illustrates that a number “6” is assigned to the resource element group adjacent in frequency to the resource element group having a number “1” of the first OFDM symbol, that a number “7” is assigned to the resource element group adjacent in frequency to the resource element group having a number “4” of the second OFDM symbol, and that a number “8” is assigned to the resource element group adjacent in frequency to the resource element group having a number “5” of the third OFDM symbol.
A CCE is made up of a plurality of resource element groups illustrated in FIG. 16. For example, one CCE is made up of nine different resource element groups distributed in the frequency domain and the time domain. Specifically, regarding a CCE used for the first PDCCH, interleave is performed on all the resource element groups having numbers illustrated in FIG. 16 in units of resource element groups by using a block interleaver for the entire downlink system band, and nine resource element groups having consecutive numbers obtained through interleave form one CCE.

FIG. 17 is a diagram schematically illustrating an example of the configuration of regions where a second PDCCH is possibly mapped in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention (hereinafter referred to as second PDCCH regions to simplify the description). The base station apparatus 3 is capable of configuring (setting, mapping) a plurality of second PDCCH regions (second PDCCH region 1, second PDCCH region 2, and second PDCCH region 3) in a downlink system band. One second PDCCH region is made up of one or more DL PRB pairs. In a case where one second PDCCH region is made up of a plurality of DL PRB pairs, the second PDCCH region may be made up of DL PRB pairs that are distributed in the frequency domain or DL PRB pairs that are contiguous in the frequency domain. For example, the base station apparatus 3 is capable of configuring a second PDCCH region for each of a plurality of mobile station apparatuses 5.
For the individual second PDCCH regions, different transmission methods are set for signals to be mapped thereto. For example, precoding processing is applied to a signal mapped to a certain second PDCCH region. For example, precoding processing is not applied to a signal mapped to a certain second PDCCH region. In the second PDCCH region in which precoding processing is applied to a mapped signal, the same precoding processing can be applied to a second PDCCH and a UE-specific RS in a DL PRB pair. In the second PDCCH region in which precoding processing is applied to a mapped signal, different types of precoding processing (applied precoding vectors are different) (applied precoding matrices are different) may be applied to a second PDCCH and a UE-specific RS between different DL PRB pairs.
One second PDCCH is made up of one or more E-CCEs (first elements). FIG. 18 is a diagram illustrating a logical relationship between a second PDCCH and E-CCEs in the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention. E-CCEs used between the base station apparatus 3 (or the RRH 4) and the mobile station apparatus 5 have numbers identifying the E-CCEs. Numbering of the E-CCEs is performed on the basis of a predetermined rule. Here, “E-CCE t” represents an E-CCE having an E-CCE number “t”. The second PDCCH is made up of an aggregation including a plurality of E-CCEs (E-CCE Aggregation). The number of E-CCEs included in the aggregation is hereinafter referred to as “E-CCE aggregation number”. For example, an E-CCE aggregation number forming the second PDCCH is set by the base station apparatus 3 in accordance with a coding rate set to the second PDCCH and the number of bits of DCI included in the second PDCCH. An aggregation made up of n E-CCEs is hereafter referred to as “E-CCE aggregation n”.
For example, the base station apparatus 3 forms a second PDCCH using one E-CCE (E-CCE aggregation 1), forms a second PDCCH using two E-CCEs (E-CCE aggregation 2), forms a second PDCCH using four E-CCEs (E-CCE aggregation 4), and forms a second PDCCH using eight E-CCEs (E-CCE aggregation 8). For example, the base station apparatus 3 uses, for the mobile station apparatus 3 with good channel quality, an E-CCE aggregation number in which the number of E-CCEs forming the second PDCCH is small, and uses, for the mobile station apparatus 3 with bad channel quality, an E-CCE aggregation number in which the number of E-CCEs forming the second PDCCH is large. For example, in the case of transmitting DCI of a small number of bits, the base station apparatus 3 uses an E-CCE aggregation number in which the number of E-CCEs forming the second PDCCH is small, and in the case of transmitting DCI of a large number of bits, the base station apparatus 3 uses an E-CCE aggregation number in which the number of E-CCEs forming the second PDCCH is large.
In FIG. 18, shaded elements are second PDCCH candidates. The second PDCCH candidates (E-PDCCH candidates) are targets on which the mobile station apparatus 5 performs decoding and detection of a second PDCCH. Second PDCCH candidates are independently configured for individual E-CCE aggregation numbers. Each of the second PDCCH candidates configured for individual E-CCE aggregation numbers is made up of one or more different E-CCEs. The number of second PDCCH candidates is independently set for each E-CCE aggregation number. The second PDCCH candidates configured for each E-CCE aggregation number are made up of E-CCEs having consecutive numbers or inconsecutive numbers. The mobile station apparatus 5 performs decoding and detection of a second PDCCH on the second PDCCH candidates the number of which is set for each E-CCE aggregation number. In a case where the mobile station apparatus 5 determines that a second PDCCH for the mobile station apparatus 5 has been detected, the mobile station apparatus 5 does not have to perform (may stop) decoding and detection of a second PDCCH on some of the set second PDCCH candidates.
The number of E-CCEs formed in a second PDCCH region depends on the number of DL PRB pairs configuring the second PDCCH region. For example, the amount of resources (the number of resource elements) corresponding to one E-CCE is substantially equal to a quarter of resources that can be used for a signal on a second PDCCH within one DL PRB pair (except resource elements used for a downlink reference signal and a first PDCCH). One second PDCCH region may be made up of only one slot of a downlink subframe, and may be made up of a plurality of PRBs. Alternatively, the second PDCCH region may be independently made up of the first slot and the second slot in a downlink subframe. In the embodiment of the present invention, a description will be mainly given of a case where a second PDCCH region is made up of a plurality of DL PRB pairs in a downlink subframe for simplifying the description, but the present invention is not limited to such a case.
FIG. 19 is a diagram illustrating an example of the configuration of E-CCEs according to the embodiment of the present invention. Here, resources forming E-CCEs are illustrated, and the illustration and description of non-related parts (PDSCH and first PDCCH) are omitted. Here, one DL PRB pair is illustrated. Here, a description will be given of a case where a second PDCCH is made up of the fourth of the first slot of a downlink subframe to fourteenth OFDM symbols, and where CRSs (R0, R1) for two transmit antennas (antenna port 0, antenna port 1) and a UE-specific RS (D1) for one or two transmit antennas (antenna port 7, antenna port 8, not illustrated) are mapped. In FIG. 19, the vertical axis represents the frequency domain and the horizontal axis represents the time domain. A quarter of resources that can be used for a second PDCCH in a DL PRB pair is formed as one E-CCE. For example, a quarter of resources of a DL PRB pair in the frequency domain is formed as one E-CCE. Specifically, a resource corresponding to three subcarriers in a DL PRB pair is formed as one E-CCE. For example, the E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair are given numbers in ascending order from the E-CCE including a low subcarrier in the frequency domain.
FIG. 20 is a diagram illustrating an example of the configuration of E-CCEs according to the embodiment of the present invention. Compared to the example illustrated in FIG. 19, the number of antenna ports for UE-specific RSs is different. FIG. 20 illustrates a case where UE-specific RSs (D1, D2) for three or four transmit antennas (antenna port 7, antenna port 8, antenna port 9, antenna port 10, not illustrated) are mapped.
Different types of physical resource mapping (first physical resource mapping, second physical resource mapping) are applied to second PDCCH regions. Specifically, the configuration of E-CCEs forming one second PDCCH (aggregation method) differs. For example, a second PDCCH to which the first physical resource mapping is applied is referred to as “Localized E-PDCCH”. For example, a second PDCCH to which the second physical resource mapping is applied is referred to as “Distributed E-PDCCH”. For example, the Localized E-PDCCH is made up of one E-CCE (E-CCE aggregation 1), or is made up of two E-CCEs (E-CCE aggregation 2), or is made up of four E-CCEs (E-CCE aggregation 4). The Localized E-PDCCH in which the E-CCE aggregation number is 2 or more is made up of a plurality of E-CCEs having consecutive E-CCE numbers (consecutive in the frequency domain). For example, the Distributed E-PDCCH is made up of four E-CCEs (E-CCE aggregation 4) or is made up of eight E-CCEs (E-CCE aggregation 8). The Distributed E-PDCCH is made up of a plurality of E-CCEs having inconsecutive numbers (inconsecutive in the frequency domain). For example, the four E-CCEs forming the Distributed E-PDCCH of E-CCE aggregation 4 are made up of E-CCEs in different DL PRB pairs. The eight E-CCEs forming the Distributed E-PDCCH of E-CCE aggregation 8 may be made up of E-CCEs in different DL PRB pairs, and some of the E-CCEs may be made up of E-CCEs in the same DL PRB pair. For example, a plurality of E-CCEs that can be used for one Localized E-PDCCH are made up of E-CCEs in one DL PRB pair, and a plurality of E-CCEs that can be used for a Distributed E-PDCCH are made up of E-CCEs in a plurality of PRB pairs.
FIG. 21 is a diagram illustrating an example of the configuration of E-CCEs and Localized E-PDCCHs. FIG. 21 illustrates a case where a second PDCCH is made up of the fourth to fourteenth OFDM symbols of a downlink subframe. In FIG. 21, the vertical axis represents the frequency domain, and the horizontal axis represents the time domain. For example, the Localized E-PDCCH of E-CCE aggregation 2 is made up of two E-CCEs having the smallest number (lowest in the frequency domain) among the E-CCEs in a certain DL PRB pair, or is made up of two E-CCEs having the largest number (highest in the frequency domain) among the E-CCEs in a certain DL PRB pair. For example, the Localized E-PDCCH of E-CCE aggregation 4 is made up of four E-CCEs in a certain DL PRB pair. For example, in a certain DL PRB pair, each of E-CCEs different from one another forms one of Localized E-PDCCHs (E-CCE aggregation 1) different from one another. For example, in a certain DL PRB pair, each of two E-CCEs forms one of Localized E-PDCCHs (E-CCE aggregation 1) different from one another, and two different E-CCEs form one Localized E-PDCCH (E-CCE aggregation 2).
FIG. 22 is a diagram illustrating an example of the configuration of E-CCEs and Distributed E-PDCCHs. FIG. 22 illustrates a case where a second PDCCH is made up of the fourth to fourteenth OFDM symbols of a downlink subframe. In FIG. 22, the vertical axis represents the frequency domain, and the horizontal axis represents the time domain. For example, in the Distributed E-PDCCH of E-CCE aggregation 4, the four E-CCEs are made up of E-CCEs in different DL PRB pairs. For example, the Distributed E-PDCCH of E-CCE aggregation 4 is made up of E-CCEs having the smallest E-CCE number (lowest in the frequency domain) in the individual DL PRB pairs. For example, the Distributed E-PDCCH of E-CCE aggregation 4 is made up of E-CCEs having the second smallest E-CCE number (second lowest in the frequency domain) in the individual DL PRB pairs. For example, the Distributed E-PDCCH of E-CCE aggregation 8 is made up of a plurality of E-CCEs in four DL PRB pairs, and is made up of two E-CCEs in each DL PRB pair. For example, the Distributed E-PDCCH of E-CCE aggregation 8 is made up of E-CCEs having the largest E-CCE number (highest in the frequency domain) and E-CCEs having the second largest E-CCE number (second highest in the frequency domain) in the individual DL PRB pairs.
In the second physical resource mapping, in the E-CCEs forming one Distributed E-PDCCH, the Distributed E-PDCCH may be formed using E-CCEs having different E-CCE numbers (different frequency positions) in the individual DL PRB pairs. For example, one Distributed E-PDCCH may be made up of the E-CCE having the smallest E-CCE number (the lowest in the frequency domain) in a certain DL PRB pair, the E-CCE having the second smallest E-CCE number (the second lowest in the frequency domain) in a certain DL PRB pair, the E-CCE having the third smallest E-CCE number (the third lowest in the frequency domain) in a certain DL PRB pair, and the E-CCE having the fourth smallest E-CCE number (the fourth lowest in the frequency domain) (the largest E-CCE number) (the highest in the frequency domain) in a certain DL PRB pair.
The present invention can also be applied to a case where one second PDCCH is made up of one or more DL PRBs. In other words, the present invention can also be applied to a case where one second PDCCH region is made up of a plurality of DL PRBs of only the first slot of a downlink subframe or a case where one second PDCCH region is made up of a plurality of DL PRBs of only the second slot of a downlink subframe. In a DL PRB pair formed in a second PDCCH region, all the resources except the first PDCCH and a downlink reference signal (downlink resource elements) are not used for a signal of a second PDCCH, and a null configuration may be adopted in which a signal is not mapped in part of the resources (downlink resource elements).
Basically, the first physical resource mapping can be applied in a second PDCCH region to which precoding processing is applied, and the second physical resource mapping can be applied in a second PDCCH region to which precoding processing is not applied. In the second physical resource mapping, one E-PDCCH is made up of noncontiguous resources in the frequency domain, and thus a frequency diversity effect can be obtained.
For the mobile station apparatus 5, one or more second PDCCH regions are configured by the base station apparatus 3. For example, for the mobile station apparatus 5, two second PDCCH regions, including a second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied and precoding processing is applied, and a second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied and precoding processing is not applied, are configured. For example, for the mobile station apparatus 5, only a second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied and precoding processing is not applied is configured. The mobile station apparatus 5 is specified (set, configured) to perform a process of detecting a second PDCCH in the second PDCCH region configured by the base station apparatus 3 (monitoring). Specification of monitoring of a second PDCCH may be automatically (implicitly) performed when a second PDCCH region is configured for the mobile station apparatus 5, or may be performed by signaling different from the signaling indicating the configuration of a second PDCCH region. The same second PDCCH region can be specified for a plurality of mobile station apparatuses 5 by the base station apparatus 3.
The information representing the configuration (specification, setting) of a second PDCCH region is transmitted and received between the base station apparatus 3 and the mobile station apparatus 5 before communication using a second PDCCH is started. For example, the information is transmitted and received using RRC (Radio Resource Control) signaling. Specifically, the mobile station apparatus 5 receives information representing the position (assignment) of a DL PRB pair of a second PDCCH region. Also, for individual second PDCCH regions, information representing the types of physical resource mapping (first physical resource mapping, second physical resource mapping) of second PDCCHs is transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 to the mobile station apparatus 5. The information is not necessarily information that explicitly represents the types of physical resource mapping of second PDCCHs. Different information may be transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 to the mobile station apparatus 5, and the types of physical resource mapping of the second PDCCHs may be implicitly recognized by the mobile station apparatus 5 on the basis of the information. For example, information representing a transmission method for a second PDCCH in each second PDCCH region is transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 to the mobile station apparatus 5. If a transmission method to which precoding processing is applied is presented, the mobile station apparatus 5 determines that the physical resource mapping in the second PDCCH region is the first physical resource mapping. If a transmission method to which precoding processing is not applied is presented, the mobile station apparatus 5 determines that the physical resource mapping in the second PDCCH region is the second physical resource mapping. Alternatively, the physical resource mapping of any of second PDCCHs may be set as default in the second PDCCH region, and, only in a case where physical resource mapping different from the setting is to be used, information representing the situation may be transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 to the mobile station apparatus 5. The mobile station apparatus 5 demodulates a signal of a second PDCCH by using a UE-specific RS received in the second PDCCH region set by the base station apparatus 3, and performs a process of detecting a second PDCCH for the mobile station apparatus 5. For example, the mobile station apparatus 5 demodulates the signal of the second PDCCH for the mobile station apparatus 5 by using a UE-specific RS in a DL PRB pair to which the resource performing demodulation belongs.
For the mobile station apparatus 5, candidates (a combination of candidates) (candidate set) of an E-CCE aggregation number for a Localized E-PDCCH are set (configured) by the base station apparatus 3 for the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied. For example, for a certain mobile station apparatus 5, E-CCE aggregation 1, E-CCE aggregation 2, and E-CCE aggregation 4 are set as candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number for the Localized E-PDCCH for the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied. For example, for a certain mobile station apparatus 5, E-CCE aggregation 2 and E-CCE aggregation 4 are set as candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number for the Localized E-PDCCH for the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied.
In the second PDCCH region in which E-CCE aggregation 1, E-CCE aggregation 2, and E-CCE aggregation 4 are set as candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number for a Localized E-PDCCH, UE-specific RSs (D1, D2) for four transmit antennas (antenna port 7, antenna port 8, antenna port 9, antenna port 10) are mapped, as illustrated in FIG. 20. Individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair are transmitted from different transmit antennas. In FIG. 20, a signal on the second PDCCH of the E-CCE n is transmitted from the antenna port 7, a signal on the second PDCCH of the E-CCE n+1 is transmitted from the antenna port 8, a signal on the second PDCCH of the E-CCE n+2 is transmitted from the antenna port 9, and a signal on the second PDCCH of the E-CCE n+3 is transmitted from the antenna port 10. The base station apparatus 3 transmits the signals on the individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair from the corresponding transmit antennas. The mobile station apparatus 5 demodulates the signals on the individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair by using the UE-specific RSs transmitted from the corresponding transmit antennas.
In the second PDCCH region in which E-CCE aggregation 2 and E-CCE aggregation 4 are set as candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number for a Localized E-PDCCH, a UE-specific RS (D1) for two transmit antennas (antenna port 7, antenna port 8) are mapped, as illustrated in FIG. 19. Regarding the individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair, signals are transmitted between some of the E-CCEs from different transmit antennas, and signals are transmitted between some of the E-CCEs from the same transmit antenna. A plurality of E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair can be grouped into a plurality of groups (sets), for example, two groups. The individual E-CCEs in each group are transmitted from a common antenna port, and the E-CCEs in groups are transmitted from different antenna ports. In FIG. 19, a signal on the second PDCCH of the E-CCE n is transmitted from the antenna port 7, a signal on the second PDCCH of the E-CCE n+1 is transmitted from the antenna port 7, a signal on the second PDCCH of the E-CCE n+2 is transmitted from the antenna port 8, and a signal on the second PDCCH of the E-CCE n+3 is transmitted from the antenna port 8. That is, the E-CCE n and the E-CCE n+1 form one group, and the E-CCE n+2 and the E-CCE n+3 form one group. The base station apparatus 3 transmits the signals on the individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair from the corresponding transmit antennas. The mobile station apparatus 5 demodulates the signals on the individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair by using UE-specific RSs transmitted from the corresponding transmit antennas. In this case, a signal on the second PDCCH is mapped to the downlink resource elements to which the UE-specific RS (D2) corresponding to the antenna port 9 and the antenna port 10 is mapped in FIG. 20.
With the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied, candidates (a combination of candidates) of an E-CCE aggregation number for a Localized E-PDCCH and the relationship between the number of antennas for UE-specific RSs and the antennas corresponding to the individual E-CCEs may be associated in advance. For example, the base station apparatus 3 presents, to the mobile station apparatus 5, only information regarding candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number for a Localized E-PDCCH by using RRC signaling, and the mobile station apparatus 5 determines, from the information regarding the candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number for the E-PDCCH, the relationship between the number of antennas for UE-specific RSs and the antennas corresponding to the individual E-CCEs. For example, the base station apparatus 3 presents, to the mobile station apparatus 5, only information representing the number of antennas for the UE-specific RSs in the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied, by using RRC signaling. The mobile station apparatus 5 determines, from the information representing the number of antennas for the UE-specific RSs, the relationship between candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number for the Localized E-PDCCH and the antennas corresponding to the individual E-CCEs. Further, for the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied, information representing candidates (a combination of candidates) of an E-CCE aggregation number for a Localized E-PDCCH and information representing the relationship between the number of antennas for UE-specific RSs and the antennas corresponding to the individual E-CCEs may be transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 to the mobile station apparatus 5 using RRC signaling in which information fields independent of one another are used.
In the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied, only a UE-specific RS for a single transmit antenna (antenna port 7) may be mapped. The base station apparatus 3 transmits, from the antenna port 7, signals on individual E-CCEs in a certain DL PRB pair in the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied. The mobile station apparatus 5 demodulates the signals on individual E-CCEs in the certain DL PRB pair in the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied, by using the UE-specific RS corresponding to the antenna port 7 in the same DL PRB pair.
Hereinafter, a control signal mapped to a second PDCCH will be described. A control signal mapped to a second PDCCH is processed for each piece of control information regarding one mobile station apparatus 5, and is subjected to scramble processing, modulation processing, layer mapping processing, precoding processing, and so forth, like a data signal. Here, layer mapping processing means part of MIMO signal processing, which is performed in a case where multi-antenna transmission is applied to a second PDCCH. For example, layer mapping processing is performed on the second PDCCH to which precoding processing is applied, and the second PDCCH to which precoding processing is not applied but transmission diversity is applied. Further, a control signal mapped to a second PDCCH can be subjected to common precoding processing together with a UE-specific RS. At this time, it is preferable that precoding processing be performed with favorable precoding weights in units of mobile station apparatuses 5.
A UE-specific RS is multiplexed, by the base station apparatus 3, with a DL PRB pair to which a second PDCCH is mapped. The mobile station apparatus 5 demodulates a signal on the second PDCCH by using the UE-specific RS. The UE-specific RS used to demodulate the second PDCCH can correspond to different numbers of transmit antennas in individual second PDCCH regions. In the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied, UE-specific RSs for two transmit antennas (antenna port 7, antenna port 8), or four transmit antennas (antenna port 7, antenna port 8, antenna port 9, antenna port 10) are mapped in accordance with candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number for a set Localized E-PDCCH. In the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied, a UE-specific RS for one transmit antenna (antenna port 7) is mapped. In the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied, in a case where transmission diversity such as SFBC (Space Frequency Block Coding) is applied to a Distributed E-PDCCH, UE-specific RSs for two transmit antennas (antenna port 7, antenna port 8) may be mapped.
The mobile station apparatus 5 demodulates signals on individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair by using UE-specific RSs for the corresponding transmit antennas. The relationship between the signals on the E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair and transmit antennas is determined in accordance with the total number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs used in the second PDCCH region. A predetermined scramble ID may be used to generate a UE-specific RS to be mapped in the second PDCCH region. For example, as a scramble ID used for a UE-specific RS, a value of any one of 0 to 3 may be specified.
FIG. 23 is a diagram illustrating monitoring of second PDCCHs of the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention. A plurality of second PDCCH regions (second PDCCH region 1 and second PDCCH region 2) are configured for the mobile station apparatus 5. For the mobile station apparatus 5, a Search space is set in each of the second PDCCH regions. The Search space means a logical region in which the mobile station apparatus 5 performs decoding and detection of a second PDCCH in a second PDCCH region. The Search space is made up of a plurality of second PDCCH candidates. The second PDCCH candidates are targets on which the mobile station apparatus 5 performs decoding and detection of a second PDCCH. For each E-CCE aggregation number, different second PDCCH candidates are made up of different E-CCEs (including one E-CCE and a plurality of E-CCEs). The E-CCEs forming a plurality of second PDCCH candidates of a Search space that is set in the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied are a plurality of E-CCEs having consecutive E-CCE numbers. The E-CCEs forming a plurality of second PDCCH candidates of a Search space that is set in the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied are a plurality of E-CCEs having inconsecutive E-CCE numbers. The first E-CCE number used for a Search space in the second PDCCH region is set for each mobile station apparatus 5. For example, with a random function using an identifier assigned to the mobile station apparatus 5 (mobile station identifier), the first E-CCE number used for a Search space is set. For example, the base station apparatus 3 notifies the mobile station apparatus 5 of the first E-CCE number used for a Search space by using RRC signaling.
A plurality of Search spaces (first Search space, second Search space) are set for the mobile station apparatus 5 for which a plurality of second PDCCH regions are configured. The first physical resource mapping is applied to part of a plurality of second PDCCH regions (second PDCCH region 1) configured for the mobile station apparatus 5, and the second physical resource mapping is applied to another part of the plurality of second PDCCH regions (second PDCCH region 2).
The number of second PDCCH candidates in the first Search space can be different from the number of second PDCCH candidates in the second Search space. For example, in order to perform control so that a second PDCCH to which precoding processing is applied is basically used, and a second PDCCH to which precoding processing is not applied and which has a frequency diversity effect is used in a case where it is difficult in the base station apparatus 3 to realize appropriate precoding processing due to a certain situation, the number of second PDCCH candidates in the first Search space may be set to be larger than the number of second PDCCH candidates in the second Search space.
In a certain E-CCE aggregation number, the number of second PDCCH candidates in the first Search space can be the same as the number of second PDCCH candidates in the second Search space. In another E-CCE aggregation number, the number of second PDCCH candidates in the first Space can be different from the number of second PDCCH candidates in the second Search space. In a certain E-CCE aggregation number, the number of second PDCCH candidates in the first Search space can be larger than the number of second PDCCH candidates in the second Search space. In another E-CCE aggregation number, the number of second PDCCH candidates in the first Search space can be smaller than the number of second PDCCH candidates in the second Search space.
Further, second PDCCH candidates of a certain E-CCE aggregation number may be set to the Search space of one of the second PDCCH regions, and may not be set to the Search space of another one of the second PDCCH regions.
The number of second PDCCH candidates in the Search space in one second PDCCH region can be changed in accordance with the number of second PDCCH regions configured for the mobile station apparatus 5. For example, as the number of second PDCCH regions configured for the mobile station apparatus 5 increases, the number of second PDCCH candidates in the Search space in one second PDCCH region is decreased.
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The configuration of the base station apparatus 3 according to the embodiment will be described with reference to FIGS. 1, 2, and 3. FIG. 1 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of the base station apparatus 3 according to the embodiment of the present invention. As illustrated in FIG. 1, the base station apparatus 3 includes a reception processor (second reception processor) 101, a radio resource controller (second radio resource controller) 103, a controller (second controller) 105, and a transmission processor (second transmission processor) 107.
The reception processor 101 demodulates, using a UL RS, receive signals on the PUCCH and PUSCH received by a receive antenna 109 from the mobile station apparatus 5, decodes the signal, and extracts control information and information data, in response to an instruction from the controller 105. The reception processor 101 performs a process of extracting UCI on the uplink subframe and UL PRB in which the base station apparatus 3 assigns the resource of the PUCCH. The reception processor 101 receives, from the controller 105, an instruction indicating which process is to be performed on which uplink subframe and which UL PRB. For example, the reception processor 101 receives, from the controller 105, an instruction to perform a detection process in which multiplication and combining of code sequences in the time domain and multiplication and combining of code sequences in the frequency domain are performed on a signal on the PUCCH for an ACK/NACK (PUCCH format 1a, PUCCH format 1b). Also, the reception processor 101 receives, from the controller 105, a code sequence in the frequency domain and/or a code sequence in the time domain to be used for a process of detecting UCI from the PUCCH. The reception processor 101 outputs the extracted UCI to the controller 105, and outputs information data to a higher layer. The details of the reception processor 101 will be described below.
Also, the reception processor 101 detects (receives) a preamble sequence from a receive signal on the PRACH received by the receive antenna 109 from the mobile station apparatus 5, in response to an instruction from the controller 105. Further, the reception processor 101 performs estimation of arrival timing (reception timing) together with detection of the preamble sequence. The reception processor 101 performs a process of detecting a preamble sequence on the uplink subframe and UL PRB pair to which the base station apparatus 3 has allocated the resource of the PRACH. The reception processor 101 outputs information regarding the estimated arrival timing to the controller 105.
Further, the reception processor 101 measures the channel quality of one or more UL PRBs (UL PRB pairs) by using the SRS received from the mobile station apparatus 5. Also, the reception processor 101 detects (calculates, measures) an out-of-synchronization state in the uplink by using the SRS received from the mobile station apparatus 5. The reception processor 101 receives, from the controller 105, an instruction indicating which process is to be performed on which uplink subframe and which UL PRB (UL PRB pair). The reception processor 101 outputs information regarding the measured channel quality and the detected out-of-synchronization state of the uplink to the controller 105. The details of the reception processor 101 will be described below.
The radio resource controller 103 sets assignment of resources to the PDCCHs (first PDCCH, second PDCCH), assignment of resources to the PUCCH, assignment of a DL PRB pair to the PDSCH, assignment of a UL PRB pair to the PUSCH, assignment of resources to the PRACH, assignment of resources to the SRS, various channel modulation schemes/coding rates/transmit power control values/phase rotation amounts (weighting values) to be used in precoding processing, phase rotation amounts (weighting values) to be used in precoding processing of a UE-specific RS, and so forth. The radio resource controller 103 also sets a code sequence in the frequency domain and a code sequence in the time domain for the PUCCH and so forth. Also, the radio resource controller 103 sets a plurality of second PDCCH regions, and sets DL PRB pairs to be used for the individual second PDCCH regions. Also, the radio resource controller 103 sets the physical resource mapping of the individual second PDCCH regions. Also, the radio resource controller 103 sets candidates (a combination of candidates) (candidate set) of an E-CCE aggregation number to the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is set. Also, the radio resource controller 103 sets the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs mapped in the DL PRB pairs, for the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is set. Also, the radio resource controller 103 sets the transmit antennas for transmitting signals on the individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair in accordance with the number (total number) of transmit antennas for the UE-specific RSs that are set for the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is set. Part of the information set by the radio resource controller 103 is reported to the mobile station apparatus 5 via the transmission processor 107, for example, information representing a DL PRB pair in a second PDCCH region, information representing the physical resource mapping in the second PDCCH region (information representing first physical resource mapping or second physical resource mapping), information representing candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number, and information representing the number of transmit antennas for the UE-specific RSs set to the second PDCCH region, are reported to the mobile station apparatus 5.
Further, the radio resource controller 103 sets assignment of radio resources of the PDSCH on the basis of the UCI that has been obtained by the reception processor 101 using the PUCCH and that has been input via the controller 105. For example, in a case where an ACK/NACK obtained using the PUCCH is input, the radio resource controller 103 performs, for the mobile station apparatus 5, allocation of resources of the PDSCH in which a NACK is indicated by the ACK/NACK.
The radio resource controller 103 outputs various control signals to the controller 105. Examples of the control signals include a control signal representing the physical resource mapping of a second PDCCH region, a control signal representing the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs in a second PDCCH region, a control signal representing the transmit antennas for transmitting the signals on individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair in a second PDCCH region, a control signal representing assignment of resources of a second PDCCH, and a control signal representing a phase rotation amount to be used for precoding processing.
The controller 105 performs, for the transmission processor 107, control for assignment of a DL PRB pair to a PDSCH, assignment of resources to a PDCCH, setting of a modulation scheme for the PDSCH, setting of coding rates for the PDSCH and PDCCH (E-CCE aggregation number of the second PDCCH), setting of a UE-specific RS in a second PDCCH region, setting of a transmit antenna for transmitting a signal on an E-CCE, setting of precoding processing to the PDSCH, PDCCH, and a UE-specific RS, and so forth on the basis of a control signal received from the radio resource controller 103. Also, the controller 105 generates DCI to be transmitted using the PDCCH and outputs it to the transmission processor 107, on the basis of a control signal received from the radio resource controller 103. The DCI transmitted using the PDCCH may be a downlink assignment or an uplink grant. Also, the controller 105 performs control so as to transmit, to the mobile station apparatus 5 via the transmission processor 107 using the PDSCH, information representing a second PDCCH region, information representing physical resource mapping of a second PDCCH region, information representing candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number (E-CCE aggregation number to which a Search space is set), information representing the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs in a second PDCCH region, and so forth.
The controller 105 performs, for the reception processor 101, control for assignment of a UL PRB pair to a PUSCH, assignment of resource to a PUCCH, setting of modulation schemes of the PUSCH and PUCCH, setting of the coding rate of the PUSCH, a detection process for the PUCCH, setting of a code sequence for the PUCCH, assignment of resources to the PRACH, assignment of resources to the SRS, and so forth, on the basis of a control signal received from the radio resource controller 103. Also, the controller 105 receives, from the reception processor 101, UCI transmitted from the mobile station apparatus 5 using the PUCCH, and outputs the received UCI to the radio resource controller 103.
Also, the controller 105 receives, from the reception processor 101, information representing the arrival timing of a detected preamble sequence and information representing an out-of-synchronization state of the uplink detected from the received SRS, and calculates an adjustment value of transmission timing in the uplink (TA: Timing Advance, Timing Adjustment, Timing Alignment) (TA value). Information representing the calculated adjustment value of the transmission timing in the uplink (TA command) is reported to the mobile station apparatus 5 via the transmission processor 107.
The transmission processor 107 generates signals to be transmitted using the PDCCH and PDSCH on the basis of a control signal received from the controller 105, and transmits the signals via the transmit antenna 111. The transmission processor 107 transmits, to the mobile station apparatus 5, information representing a second PDCCH region, information representing the physical resource mapping of a second PDCCH region, information representing candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number, information representing the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs in a second PDCCH region, information date received from a higher layer, and so forth received from the radio resource controller 103, by using the PDSCH. Also, the transmission processor 107 transmits the DCI received from the controller 105 to the mobile station apparatus 5 by using the PDCCH (first PDCCH, second PDCCH). Also, the transmission processor 107 transmits a CRS, a UE-specific RS, and a CSI-RS. To simplify the description, hereinafter it is assumed that information data includes information regarding several types of control. The details of the transmission processor 107 will be described below.
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Hereinafter, the details of the transmission processor 107 of the base station apparatus 3 will be described. FIG. 2 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of the transmission processor 107 of the base station apparatus 3 according to the embodiment of the present invention. As illustrated in FIG. 2, the transmission processor 107 includes a plurality of physical downlink shared channel processors 201-1 to 201-M (hereinafter the physical downlink shared channel processors 201-1 to 201-M are collectively referred to as physical downlink shared channel processors 201), a plurality of physical downlink control channel processors 203-1 to 203-M (hereinafter the physical downlink control channel processors 203-1 to 203-M are collectively referred to as physical downlink control channel processors 203), a downlink pilot channel processor 205, a precoding processor 231, a multiplexer 207, an IFFT (Inverse Fast Fourier Transform) unit 209, a GI (Guard Interval) insertion unit 211, a D/A (Digital/Analog converter) unit 213, a transmission RF (Radio Frequency) unit 215, and the transmit antenna 111. The individual physical downlink shared channel processors 201 and the individual physical downlink control channel processors 203 have the same configuration and function, and thus one of them will be described. To simplify the description, it is assumed that the transmit antenna 111 includes a plurality of antenna ports (antenna ports 0 to 22).
As illustrated in FIG. 2, each of the physical downlink shared channel processor 201 includes a turbo encoder 219, a date modulator 221, and a precoding processor 229. Also, as illustrated in FIG. 2, each of the physical downlink control channel processor 203 includes a convolutional encoder 223, a QPSK modulator 225, and a precoding processor 227. The physical downlink shared channel processor 201 performs baseband signal processing to transmit information data to the mobile station apparatus 5 using the OFDM scheme. The turbo encoder 219 performs, on the information data input thereto, turbo coding to increase the error resilience of the data at the coding rate received from the controller 105, and outputs the information data to the data modulator 221. The data modulator 221 modulates the data coded by the turbo encoder 219 by using the modulation scheme received from the controller 105, for example, QPSK (Quadrature Phase Shift Keying), 16QAM (16 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation), and 64QAM (64 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation), and generates a signal sequence of modulation symbols. The data modulator 221 outputs the generated signal sequence to the precoding processor 229. The precoding processor 229 performs precoding processing (beamforming processing) on the signal received from the data modulator 221, and outputs the signal to the multiplexer 207. Here, in the precoding processing, it is preferable that phase rotation or the like be performed on a signal to be generated so that the mobile station apparatus 5 can efficiently receive the signal (for example, so that the receive power is maximized and interference is minimized). In the case of not performing precoding processing on a signal received from the data modulator 221, the precoding processor 229 outputs the signal received from the data modulator 221 to the multiplexer 207 without performing any processing.
The physical downlink control channel processor 203 performs baseband signal processing so as to transmit DCI received from the controller 105 using the OFDM scheme. The convolutional encoder 223 performs convolutional coding to increase the error resilience of the DCI on the basis of the coding rate received from the controller 105. Here, the DCI is controlled in units of bits. The coding rate of the DCI transmitted on the second PDCCH relates to an E-CCE aggregation number that is set. Also, the convolutional encoder 223 performs, on the basis of the coding rate received from the controller 105, rate matching to adjust the number of output bits with respect to the bits on which processing of convolutional coding has been performed. The convolutional encoder 223 outputs the encoded DCI to the QPSK modulator 225. The QPSK modulator 225 modulates the DCI encoded by the convolutional encoder 223 by using the QPSK modulation scheme, and outputs a signal sequence of the modulated modulation symbols to the precoding processor 227. The precoding processor 227 performs precoding processing on the signal received from the QPSK modulator 225 and outputs the signal to the multiplexer 207. The precoding processor 227 may output the signal received from the QPSK modulator 225 to the multiplexer 207 without performing precoding processing thereon.
The downlink pilot channel processor 205 generates downlink reference signals (CRS, UE-specific RS, CSI-RS) which are signals known in the mobile station apparatus 5, and outputs them to the precoding processor 231. Regarding candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number of a Localized E-PDCCH set for the mobile station apparatus 5, a UE-specific RS is generated. The precoding processor 231 does not perform precoding processing on the CRS, CSI-RS, and part of UE-specific RS received from the downlink pilot channel processor 205, and outputs them to the multiplexer 207. For example, a UE-specific RS on which precoding processing is not performed by the precoding processor 231 is a UE-specific RS in a DL PRB pair used for a second PDCCH in the second PDCCH region of the second physical resource mapping. The precoding processor 231 performs precoding processing on the part of the UE-specific RS received from the downlink pilot channel processor 205, and outputs it to the multiplexer 207. For example, a UE-specific RS on which precoding processing is performed by the precoding processor 231 is a UE-specific RS in a DL PRB pair used for a second PDCCH in the second PDCCH region of the first physical resource mapping. The precoding processor 231 performs, on part of the UE-specific RS, a process similar to the process performed on the PDSCH in the precoding processor 229 and/or the processing performed on the second PDCCH in the precoding processor 227. More specifically, the precoding processor 231 performs precoding processing on a signal on a certain E-CCE, and also performs similar precoding processing on the UE-specific RS whose antenna port corresponds to the E-CCE. Thus, in the case of demodulating a signal of the second PDCCH to which precoding processing is applied in the mobile station apparatus 5, the UE-specific RS can be used to estimate an equalization channel in which channel variations in the downlink is combined with phase rotation by the precoding processor 227. That is, the base station apparatus 3 need not notify the mobile station apparatus 5 of information about the precoding processing (the amount of phase rotation) by the precoding processor 227, and the mobile station apparatus 5 is capable of demodulating the signal subjected to the precoding processing. As illustrated in FIG. 19, in a case where UE-specific RSs for two transmit antennas can be mapped in the second PDCCH region, the base station apparatus 3 is capable of independently performing precoding processing on signals on every two E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair. As illustrated in FIG. 20, in a case where UE-specific RSs for four transmit antennas can be mapped in the second PDCCH region, the base station apparatus 3 is capable of independently performing precoding processing on a signal on each E-CCE in the DL PRB pair. In a case where precoding processing is not used for the PDSCH and second PDCCH on which demodulation processing such as channel compensation is performed using a UE specific RS, the precoding processor 231 outputs the UE specific RS to the multiplexer 207 without performing precoding processing on the UE specific RS.
The multiplexer 207 multiplexes a signal received from the downlink pilot channel processor 205, signals received from the individual physical downlink shared channel processors 201, and signals received from the individual physical downlink control channel processors 203 on a downlink subframe in response to an instruction from the controller 105. Control signals regarding assignment of a DL PRB pair to the PDSCH set by the radio resource controller 103, assignment of resources to PDCCHs (first PDCCH, second PDCCH), and physical resource mapping in the second PDCCH are input to the controller 105, and the controller 105 controls the processing in the multiplexer 207 on the basis of the control signals. For example, the multiplexer 207 multiplexes a signal of the second PDCCH on a downlink resource using the E-CCE aggregation number set by the radio resource controller 103. The multiplexer 207 outputs the multiplexed signal to the IFFT unit 209.
The IFFT unit 209 performs inverse fast Fourier transform on the multiplexed signal generated by the multiplexer 207, performs modulation thereon using the OFDM scheme, and outputs it to the GI insertion unit 211. The GI insertion unit 211 adds guard interval to the signal modulated in the OFDM scheme by the IFFT unit 209, thereby generating a baseband digital signal made up of symbols in the OFDM scheme. As is known, guard interval is generated by duplicating part of the head or end of the OFDM symbol to be transmitted. The GI insertion unit 211 outputs the generated baseband digital signal to the D/A unit 213. The D/A unit 213 converts the baseband digital signal received from the GI insertion unit 211 into an analog signal, and outputs the analog signal to the transmission RF unit 215. The transmission RF unit 215 generates in-phase components and orthogonal components of an intermediate frequency from the analog signal received from the D/A unit 213, and removes extra frequency components for the intermediate frequency band. Subsequently, the transmission RF unit 215 converts (up-converts) the intermediate-frequency signal into a high-frequency signal, removes extra frequency components, amplifies the power, and transmits the signal to the mobile station apparatus 5 via the transmit antenna 111.
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Hereinafter, the reception processor 101 of the base station apparatus 3 will be described in detail. FIG. 3 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of the reception processor 101 of the base station apparatus 3 according to the embodiment of the present invention. As illustrated in FIG. 3, the reception processor 101 includes a reception RF unit 301, an A/D (Analog/Digital converter) unit 303, a symbol timing detector 309, a GI remover 311, an FFT unit 313, a subcarrier demapping unit 315, a channel estimator 317, a PUSCH channel equalizer 319, a PUCCH channel equalizer 321, an IDFT unit 323, a data demodulator 325, a turbo decoder 327, a physical uplink control channel detector 329, a preamble detector 331, and an SRS processor 333.
The reception RF unit 301 appropriately amplifies a signal received by the receive antenna 109, converts (down-converts) the signal into an intermediate frequency, removes unnecessary frequency components, controls the amplification level so that the signal level is appropriately kept, and performs orthogonal demodulation on the basis of the in-phase components and orthogonal components of the received signal. The reception RF unit 301 outputs the analog signal subjected to orthogonal demodulation to the A/D unit 303. The A/D unit 303 converts the analog signal subjected to the orthogonal demodulation in the reception RF unit 301 into a digital signal, and outputs the digital signal resulting from the conversion to the symbol timing detector 309 and the GI remover 311.
The symbol timing detector 309 detects the timing of a symbol on the basis of a signal received from the A/D unit 303, and outputs a control signal representing the detected timing of a symbol boundary to the GI remover 311. The GI remover 311 removes a part corresponding to guard interval from the signal received from the A/D unit 303 on the basis of a control signal from the symbol timing detector 309, and outputs the remaining signal to the FFT unit 313. The FFT unit 313 performs fast Fourier transform on the signal received from the GI remover 311, performs demodulation in the DFT-Spread-OFDM scheme, and outputs the signal to the subcarrier demapping unit 315. The number of points of the FFT unit 313 is equal to the number of points of an IFFT unit in the mobile station apparatus 5 described below.
The subcarrier demapping 315 demaps the signal demodulated by the FFT unit 313 into a DM RS, an SRS, a PUSCH signal, and a PUCCH signal on the basis of a control signal received from the controller 105. The subcarrier demapping unit 315 outputs the DM RS resulting from the demapping to the channel estimator 317, outputs the SRS resulting from the demapping to the SRS processor 333, outputs the PUSCH signal resulting from the demapping to the PUSCH channel equalizer 319, and outputs the PUCCH signal resulting from the demapping to the PUCCH channel equalizer 321.
The channel estimator 317 estimates channel variations by using the DM RS resulting from the demapping in the subcarrier demapping unit 315 and a known signal. The channel estimator 317 outputs a channel estimation value to the PUSCH channel equalizer 319 and the PUCCH channel equalizer 321. The PUSCH channel equalizer 319 equalizes the amplitude and phase of the PUSCH signal resulting from the demapping in the subcarrier demapping unit 315 on the basis of the channel estimation value received from the channel estimator 317. Here, equalization means a process of restoring channel variations experienced by a signal during radio communication. The PUSCH channel equalizer 319 outputs the adjusted signal to the IDFT unit 323.
The IDFT unit 323 performs inverse discrete Fourier transform on the signal received from the PUSCH channel equalizer 319 and outputs the signal to the data demodulator 325. The data demodulator 325 demodulates the PUSCH signal subjected to the transform in the IDFT unit 323, and outputs the demodulated PUSCH signal to the turbo decoder 327. The demodulation here corresponds to the modulation scheme used in a data modulator of the mobile station apparatus 5, and the modulation scheme is received from the controller 105. The turbo decoder 327 decodes information data from the PUSCH signal that is demodulated by and received from the data demodulator 325. The coding rate is received from the controller 105.
The PUCCH channel equalizer 321 equalizes the amplitude and phase of the PUCCH signal resulting from the demapping in the subcarrier demapping unit 315 on the basis of the channel estimation value received from the channel estimator 317. The PUCCH channel equalizer 321 outputs the equalized signal to the physical uplink control channel detector 329.
The physical uplink control channel detector 329 demodulates and decodes the signal received from the PUCCH channel equalizer 321, and detects UCI. The physical uplink control channel detector 329 performs a process of demultiplexing a signal subjected to code multiplexing in the frequency domain and/or the time domain. The physical uplink control channel detector 329 performs a process of detecting an ACK/NACK, an SR, and a CQI from the PUCCH signal subjected to code multiplexing in the frequency domain and/or the time domain by using a code sequence used on the transmission side. Specifically, as a detection process using a code sequence in the frequency domain, that is, as a process of demultiplexing a signal subjected to code multiplexing in the frequency domain, the physical uplink control channel detector 329 multiplies the signal for each subcarrier of the PUCCH by each code in the code sequence, and then combines the signals resulting from multiplication by each code. Specifically, as a detection process using a code sequence in the time domain, that is, as a process of demultiplexing the signal subjected to code multiplexing in the time domain, the physical uplink control channel detector 329 multiplies a signal for each SC-FDMA symbol of PUCCH by each code in the code sequence, and then combines the signals resulting from multiplication by each code. The physical uplink control channel detector 329 sets a detection process for the PUCCH signal on the basis of a control signal from the controller 105.
The SRS processor 333 measures the channel quality by using the SRS received from the subcarrier demapping unit 315, and outputs a measurement result of the channel quality of the UL PRB (UL PRB pair) to the controller 105. The SRS processor 333 receives, from the controller 105, an instruction indicating the uplink subframe and the UL PRB (UL PRB pair) for which the measurement of channel quality of the mobile station apparatus 5 is to be performed for the signal. Also, the SRS processor 333 detects an out-of-synchronization state on the uplink by using the SRS received from the subcarrier demapping unit 315, and outputs information representing the out-of-synchronization state on the uplink (out-of-synchronization information) to the controller 105. The SRS processor 333 may perform a process of detecting an out-of-synchronization state on the uplink from a receive signal in the time domain. Specifically, the SRS processor 333 may perform a process equivalent to the process performed in the preamble detector 331 described below.
The preamble detector 331 performs a process of detecting (receiving) a preamble transmitted for a receive signal corresponding to the PRACH on the basis of a signal received from the A/D unit 303. Specifically, the preamble detector 331 performs a correlation process between a replica signal that is possibly transmitted and is generated by using each preamble sequence, and receive signals at various timings in guard time. For example, if a correlation value is higher than a preset threshold, the preamble detector 331 determines that the same signal as the preamble sequence used to generate the replica signal used in the correlation process has been transmitted from the mobile station apparatus 5. The preamble detector 331 determines the timing with the highest correlation value to be arrival timing of the preamble sequence. The preamble detector 331 generates preamble detection information at least including information indicating the detected preamble sequence and information indicating the arrival timing, and outputs the preamble detection information to the controller 105.
The controller 105 controls the subcarrier demapping unit 315, the data demodulator 325, the turbo decoder 327, the channel estimator 317, and the physical uplink control channel detector 329 on the basis of control information (DCI) transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 to the mobile station apparatus 5 by using the PDCCH and control information (RRC signaling) transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 to the mobile station apparatus 5 by using the PDSCH. Also, the controller 105 grasps the resources (uplink subframe, UL PRB (UL PRB pair), code sequence in the frequency domain, code sequence in the time domain) forming the PRACH, PUSCH, PUCCH, and SRS that have been transmitted (may have been transmitted) from each individual mobile station apparatus 5, on the basis of the control information transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 to the mobile station apparatus 5.
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The configuration of the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment will be described below with reference to FIGS. 4, 5, and 6. FIG. 4 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention. As illustrated in FIG. 4, the mobile station apparatus 5 includes a reception processor (first reception processor) 401, a radio resource controller (first radio resource controller) 403, a controller (first controller) 405, and a transmission processor (first transmission processor) 407.
The reception processor 401 receives a signal from the base station apparatus 3, and demodulates and decodes the received signal in response to an instruction from the controller 405. In the case of detecting a signal on a PDCCH (first PDCCH, second PDCCH) for the mobile station apparatus 5, the reception processor 401 outputs DCI obtained by decoding the signal on the PDCCH to the controller 405. For example, the reception processor 401 performs a process of detecting a second PDCCH for the mobile station apparatus 5 in the Search Space in the second PDCCH region specified by the base station apparatus 3. For example, the reception processor 401 sets a Search space for candidates of the E-CCE aggregation number set by the base station apparatus 3, and performs a process of detecting the second PDCCH for the mobile station apparatus 5. For example, the reception processor 401 performs a process of estimating a channel by using a UE-specific RS in the second PDCCH region specified by the base station apparatus 3, demodulating a signal on the second PDCCH, and detecting a signal including control information for the mobile station apparatus 5. For example, the reception processor 401 performs a process of identifying downlink resource elements to which a signal on the second PDCCH can be mapped in an E-CCE in accordance with the number of UE-specific RSs in the second PDCCH region reported from the base station apparatus 3, and detecting a signal including the control information for the mobile station apparatus 5. For example, the reception processor 401 performs a process of identifying transmit antennas (antenna ports) corresponding to UE-specific RSs used to demodulate signals on individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair in the second PDCCH region in accordance with the number of UE-specific RSs in the second PDCCH region reported from the base station apparatus 3, and detecting a signal including the control information for the mobile station apparatus 5.
Also, the reception processor 401 outputs information data that has been obtained by decoding the PDSCH for the mobile station apparatus 5 to a higher layer via the controller 405 in response to an instruction from the controller 405 after the DCI included in the PDCCH has been output to the controller 405. A downlink assignment in the DCI included in the PDCCH includes information representing the assignment of resources of the PDSCH. Also, the reception processor 401 outputs the control information that is obtained by decoding the PDSCH and generated by the radio resource controller 103 of the base station apparatus 3 to the controller 405, and also to the radio resource controller 403 of the mobile station apparatus 5 via the controller 405. For example, the control information generated by the radio resource controller 103 of the base station apparatus 3 includes information representing a DL PRB pair in a second PDCCH region, information representing the physical resource mapping in the second PDCCH region (information representing first physical resource mapping or second physical resource mapping), information representing candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number in the second PDCCH region, and information representing the number of transmit antennas (antenna ports) for the UE-specific RSs that can be mapped in the second PDCCH region.
Further, the reception processor 401 outputs a cyclic redundancy check (CRC) code included in the PDSCH to the controller 405. The transmission processor 107 of the base station apparatus 3 generates a CRC code from information data and transmits the information data and the CRC code on the PDSCH, although this is omitted in the description of the base station apparatus 3. The CRC code is used to determine whether or not the data included in the PDSCH is wrong. For example, in a case where the information generated from data by using a predetermined generator polynomial in the mobile station apparatus 5 is the same as the CRC code that is generated in the base station apparatus 3 and transmitted on the PDSCH, it is determined that the data is not wrong. In a case where the information generated from data by using the predetermined generator polynomial in the mobile station apparatus 5 is different from the CRC code that is generated in the base station apparatus 3 and transmitted on the PDSCH, it is determined that the data is wrong.
Also, the reception processor 401 measures the downlink reception quality (RSRP: Reference Signal Received Power) and outputs a measurement result to the controller 405. The reception processor 401 measures (calculates) the RSRP from the CRS or CSI-RS in response to an instruction from the controller 405. The reception processor 401 will be described in detail below.
The controller 405 checks the data that is transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 using the PDSCH and is received from the reception processor 401, outputs information data in the data to a higher layer, and controls the reception processor 401 and the transmission processor 407 on the basis of control information that is included in the data and is generated by the radio resource controller 103 of the base station apparatus 3. Also, the controller 405 controls the reception processor 401 and the transmission processor 407 in response to an instruction from the radio resource controller 403. For example, the controller 405 controls the reception processor 401 to perform a process of detecting a second PDCCH on a signal in a DL PRB pair in the second PDCCH region specified by the radio resource controller 403. For example, the controller 405 controls the reception processor 401 so as to perform demapping of physical resources in the second PDCCH region on the basis of information representing the physical resource mapping in the second PDCCH region specified by the radio resource controller 403. Here, demapping of physical resources in the second PDCCH region means, for example, as illustrated in FIGS. 21 and 22, a process of constituting (forming, constructing, creating) second PDCCH candidates for performing a detection process from a signal in the second PDCCH region. Also, the controller 405 controls, for the reception processor 401, a region in which a process of detecting a second PDCCH in the second PDCCH region is performed. Specifically, for each second PDCCH region, the controller 405 indicates (sets), to the reception processor 401, an E-CCE aggregation number for which a Search space is set, the number of the first E-CCE in which a process of detecting a second PDCCH in the second PDCCH region is performed, and the number of second PDCCH candidates, for each E-CCE aggregation number. Also, the controller 405 controls the reception processor 401 so as to use the UE-specific RSs for the transmit antennas (antenna ports) corresponding to demodulation of signals on individual E-CCEs, on the basis of the correspondence between the individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair specified by the radio resource controller 403 and the transmit antennas (antenna ports) for the corresponding UE-specific RSs.
Further, the controller 405 controls the reception processor 401 and the transmission processor 407 on the basis of DCI that is transmitted from the base station apparatus 3 using the PDCCH and is received from the reception processor 401. Specifically, the controller 405 controls the reception processor 401 mainly on the basis of a detected downlink assignment, and controls the transmission controller 407 mainly on the basis of a detected uplink grant. Also, the controller 405 controls the transmission processor 407 on the basis of control information representing a transmit power control command of the PUCCH included in the downlink assignment. The controller 405 compares the information generated using a predetermined generator polynomial from the data received from the reception processor 401 with the CRC code received from the reception processor 401, determines whether or not the data is wrong, and generates an ACK/NACK. Also, the controller 405 generates an SR and a CQI in response to an instruction from the radio resource controller 403. Also, the controller 405 controls the transmission timing of a signal from the transmission processor 407 on the basis of an adjustment value or the like of the transmission timing on the uplink reported from the base station apparatus 3. Also, the controller 405 controls the transmission processor 407 to transmit information representing the reception quality (RSRP) of the downlink received from the reception processor 401. The base station apparatus 3 sets, for the mobile station apparatus 5, candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number on the basis of the reception quality (RSRP) on the downlink reported from the mobile station apparatus 5, although this is omitted in the description of the base station apparatus 3. For example, the base station apparatus 3 sets, for the mobile station apparatus 5 having good reception quality in the downlink (the mobile station apparatus near the center of the cell), E-CCE aggregation 1, E-CCE aggregation 2, and E-CCE aggregation 4 as candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number of a Localized E-PDCCH. For example, the base station apparatus 3 sets, for the mobile station apparatus 5 having unfavorable reception quality in the downlink (the mobile station apparatus near the edge of the cell), E-CCE aggregation 2 and E-CCE aggregation 4 as candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number of a Localized E-PDCCH.
The radio resource controller 403 stores and holds the control information generated by the radio resource controller 103 of the base station apparatus 3 and reported from the base station apparatus 3, and controls the reception processor 401 and the transmission processor 407 via the controller 405. That is, the radio resource controller 403 has a function of a memory for holding various parameters and the like. For example, the radio resource controller 403 holds information regarding a DL PRB pair in the second PDCCH region, information regarding the physical resource mapping in the second PDCCH region, information regarding candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number in the second PDCCH region (the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied), information regarding the number of transmit antennas (antenna ports) for UE-specific RSs that can be mapped to the second PDCCH region, and the correspondence between individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair in the second PDCCH region and the transmission antennas (antenna ports) for the corresponding UE-specific RSs, and outputs various control signals to the controller 405. The radio resource controller 403 holds parameters related to transmit powers of the PUSCH, PUCCH, SRS, and PRACH, and outputs a control signal to the controller 405 so that the parameters reported from the base station apparatus 3 are used.
The radio resource controller 403 sets values of parameters related to the transmit powers of the PUCCH, PUSCH, SRS, PRACH, and so forth. The values of the transmit powers set by the radio resource controller 403 are output to the transmission processor 407 by the controller 405. For a DM RS formed by the resource in the same UL PRB as the PUCCH, the same transmit power control as that for the PUCCH is performed. For a DM RS formed by the resource in the same UL PRB as the PUSCH, the same transmit power control as that for the PUSCH is performed. The radio resource controller 403 sets, for the PUSCH, the values of a parameter based on the number of UL PRB pairs assigned to the PUSCH, a parameter specific to a cell reported in advance from the base station apparatus 3, a parameter specific to a mobile station apparatus reported in advance from the base station apparatus 3, a parameter based on the modulation scheme used for the PUSCH, a parameter based on the value of estimated path loss, a parameter based on a transmit power control command reported from the base station apparatus 3, and so forth. The radio resource controller 403 sets, for the PUCCH, the values of a parameter based on the signal configuration of the PUCCH, a parameter specific to a cell reported in advance from the base station apparatus 3, a parameter specific to a mobile station apparatus reported in advance from the base station apparatus 3, a parameter based on the value of estimated path loss, a parameter based on a reported transmit power control command, and so forth.
As a parameter related to transmit power, a parameter specific to a cell and a parameter specific to a mobile station apparatus are reported from the base station apparatus 3 using the PDSCH, and a transmit power control command is reported from the base station apparatus 3 using the PDCCH. The transmit power control command for the PUSCH is included in an uplink grant, and the transmit power control command for the PUCCH is included in a downlink assignment. The various parameters that are related to transmit powers and that are reported from the base station apparatus 3 are appropriately stored in the radio resource controller 403, and the stored values are input to the controller 405.
The transmission processor 407 transmits a signal that is obtained by encoding and modulating information data and a UCI to the base station apparatus 3 via a transmit antenna 411 by using the resources of the PUSCH and PUCCH in response to an instruction from the controller 405. Also, the transmission processor 407 sets the transmit powers of the PUSCH, PUCCH, SRS, DM RS, and PRACH in response to an instruction from the controller 405. The transmission processor 407 will be described in detail below.
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Hereinafter, the reception processor 401 of the mobile station apparatus 5 will be described in detail. FIG. 5 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of the reception processor 401 of the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention. As illustrated in FIG. 5, the reception processor 401 includes a reception RF unit 501, an A/D unit 503, a symbol timing detector 505, a GI remover 507, an FFT unit 509, a demultiplexer 511, a channel estimator 513, a PDSCH channel compensator 515, a physical downlink shared channel decoder 517, a PDCCH channel compensator 519, a physical downlink control channel decoder 521, a downlink reception quality measurement unit 531, and a PDCCH demapping unit 533. Also, as illustrated in FIG. 5, the physical downlink shared channel decoder 517 includes a data demodulator 523 and a turbo decoder 525. Also, as illustrated in FIG. 5, the physical downlink control channel decoder 521 includes a QPSK demodulator 527 and a Viterbi decoder 529.
The reception RF unit 501 appropriately amplifies a signal received by the receive antenna 409, converts (down-converts) the signal into an intermediate frequency, removes unnecessary frequency components, controls the amplification level so that the signal level is appropriately kept, and performs orthogonal demodulation on the basis of the in-phase components and orthogonal components of the received signal. The reception RF unit 501 outputs the analog signal subjected to orthogonal demodulation to the A/D unit 503.
The A/D unit 503 converts the analog signal subjected to the orthogonal demodulation in the reception RF unit 501 into a digital signal, and outputs the digital signal resulting from the conversion to the symbol timing detector 505 and the GI remover 507. The symbol timing detector 505 detects the timing of a symbol on the basis of the digital signal obtained from the A/D unit 503, and outputs a control signal representing the detected timing of a symbol boundary to the GI remover 507. The GI remover 507 removes a part corresponding to guard interval from the digital signal output from the A/D unit 503 on the basis of the control signal from the symbol timing detector 505, and outputs the remaining signal to the FFT unit 509. The FFT unit 509 performs fast Fourier transform on the signal received from the GI remover 507, performs demodulation in the OFDM scheme, and outputs the signal to the demultiplexer 511.
The demultiplexer 511 demultiplexes the signal demodulated by the FFT unit 509 into a signal of the PDCCH (first PDCCH, second PDCCH) and a signal of the PDSCH on the basis of a control signal received from the controller 405. The demultiplexer 511 outputs the signal of the PDSCH obtained through demultiplexing to the PDSCH channel compensator 515, and outputs the signal of the PDCCH obtained through demultiplexing to the PDCCH channel compensator 519. For example, the demultiplexer 511 outputs a signal on the second PDCCH in the second PDCCH region specified for the mobile station apparatus 5 to the PDCCH channel compensator 519. Also, the demultiplexer 511 demultiplexes the downlink resource elements to which downlink reference signals are mapped, and outputs the downlink reference signals (CRC, UE-specific RS) to the channel estimator 513. For example, the demultiplexer 511 outputs the UE-specific RS in the second PDCCH region specified for the mobile station apparatus 5 to the channel estimator 513. Also, the demultiplexer 511 outputs downlink reference signals (CRS, CSI-RS) to the downlink reception quality measurement unit 531.
The channel estimator 513 estimates channel variations by using the downlink reference signals obtained through demultiplexing performed by the demultiplexer 511 and a known signal, and outputs a channel compensation value for adjusting the amplitude and phase to the PDSCH channel compensator 515 and the PDCCH channel compensator 519 so as to compensate for channel variations. The channel estimator 513 independently estimates channel variations by using the CRS and the UE-specific RS, and outputs a channel compensation value. For example, the channel estimator 513 generates a channel compensation value from a channel estimation value estimated by using the UE-specific RSs mapped to a plurality of DL PRB pairs in the second PDCCH region specified for the mobile station apparatus 5, and outputs the channel compensation value to the PDCCH channel compensator 519. The channel estimator 513 performs channel estimation and generates a channel compensation value by using the UE-specific RSs for the individual transmit antennas (antenna ports) specified by the controller 405. For example, the channel estimator 513 generates a channel compensation value from a channel estimation value estimated by using the UE-specific RSs mapped to the plurality of DL PRB pairs assigned to the mobile station apparatus 5 and assigned to the PDSCH, and outputs the channel compensation value to the PDSCH channel compensator 515. For example, the channel estimator 513 generates a channel compensation value from a channel estimation value estimated by using a CRS, and outputs the channel compensation value to the PDCCH channel compensator 519. For example, the channel estimator 513 generates a channel compensation value from a channel estimation value estimated by using a CRS, and outputs the channel compensation value to the PDSCH channel compensator 515.
The PDSCH channel compensator 515 adjusts the amplitude and phase of the signal of the PDSCH obtained through demultiplexing performed by the demultiplexer 511 in accordance with the channel compensation value received from the channel estimator 513. For example, the PDSCH channel compensator 515 performs adjustment on a signal on a certain PDSCH in accordance with a channel compensation value generated by the channel estimator 513 on the basis of a UE-specific RS, and performs adjustment on a signal on another PDSCH in accordance with a channel compensation value generated by the channel estimator 513 on the basis of a CRS. The PDSCH channel compensator 515 outputs the signal for which the channel has been adjusted to the data demodulator 523 of the physical downlink shared channel decoder 517.
The physical downlink shared channel decoder 517 demodulates and decodes the PDSCH in response to an instruction from the controller 405, and detects information data. That data demodulator 523 demodulates the signal on the PDSCH received from the channel compensator 515, and outputs the demodulated signal on the PDSCH to the turbo decoder 525. The demodulation performed here is demodulation corresponding to the modulation scheme used in the data modulator 221 of the base station apparatus 3. The turbo decoder 525 decodes information data from the demodulated signal on the PDSCH received from the data demodulator 523, and outputs the information data to a higher layer via the controller 405. The control information and so forth that is transmitted using the PDSCH and that is generated by the radio resource controller 103 of the base station apparatus 3 is also output to the controller 405, and is also output to the radio resource controller 403 via the controller 405. The CRC code included in the PDSCH is also output to the controller 405.
The PDCCH channel compensator 519 adjusts the amplitude and phase of the signal of the PDCCH obtained through demultiplexing performed by the demultiplexer 511 in accordance with the channel compensation value received from the channel estimator 513. For example, the PDCCH channel compensator 519 performs adjustment on a signal on the second PDCCH in accordance with the channel compensation value generated by the channel estimator 513 on the basis of a UE-specific RS, and performs adjustment on a signal on the first PDCCH in accordance with the channel compensation value generated by the channel estimator 513 on the basis of a CRS. For example, the PDCCH channel compensator 519 adjusts the signals on individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair in the second PDCCH region in accordance with a channel compensation value generated on the basis of the UE-specific RSs for the transmit antennas (antenna ports) corresponding to the individual E-CCEs specified by the controller 405. The PDCCH channel compensator 519 outputs the adjusted signal to the PDCCH demapping unit 533.
The PDCCH demapping unit 533 performs demapping for the first PDCCH or demapping for the second PDCCH on the signal received from the PDCCH channel compensator 519. Further, the PDCCH demapping unit 533 performs demapping for the first physical resource mapping or demapping for the second physical resource mapping on the signal on the second PDCCH received from the PDCCH channel compensator 519. The PDCCH demapping unit 533 converts the received signal on the first PDCCH to a signal in units of CCEs as described above with reference to FIG. 16 so that processing is performed in units of CCEs illustrated in FIG. 15 on the received signal on the first PDCCH in the physical downlink control channel decoder 521. The PDCCH demapping unit 533 converts the received signal on the second PDCCH to a signal in units of E-CCEs so that processing is performed in units of E-CCEs illustrated in FIG. 18 on the received signal on the second PDCCH in the physical downlink control channel decoder 521. The PDCCH demapping unit 533 converts the received signal on the second PDCCH in the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied to a signal in units of E-CCEs, as described above with reference to FIG. 21. The PDCCH demapping unit 533 converts the received signal on the second PDCCH in the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied to a signal in units of E-CCEs, as described above with reference to FIG. 22. The PDCCH demapping unit 533 outputs the converted signal to the QPSK demodulator 527 of the physical downlink control channel decoder 521.
The physical downlink control channel decoder 521 demodulates and decodes the signal received from the PDCCH channel compensator 519 and detects control data as described below. The QPSK demodulator 527 performs QPSK demodulation on the signal on the PDCCH and outputs the signal to the Viterbi decoder 529. The Viterbi decoder 529 decodes the signal demodulated by the QPSK demodulator 527 and outputs DCI obtained through decoding to the controller 405. Here, this signal is expressed in units of bits, and the Viterbi decoder 529 also performs rate dematching to adjust the number of bits on which Viterbi decoding processing is to be performed for input bits.
First, a description will be given of a detection process for the first PDCCH. The mobile station apparatus 5 performs a process of detecting DCI for the mobile station apparatus 5 under the assumption of a plurality of CCE aggregation numbers. The mobile station apparatus 5 performs a decoding process that differs every assumed CCE aggregation number (coding rate) on the signal on the first PDCCH, and obtains DCI included in the first PDCCH in which no error is detected in a CRC code added to the first PDCCH together with the DCI. Such a process is referred to as blind decoding. The mobile station apparatus 5 does not perform blind decoding on the signals (receive signals) of all the CCEs (REGs) in the downlink system band under the assumption of the first PDCCH, but performs blind decoding on only some of the CCEs. Some of the CCEs on which blind decoding is performed are referred to as a Search space (Search space for the first PDCCH). Further, different Search spaces (Search spaces for the first PDCCH) are defined for individual CCE aggregation numbers. In the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention, different Search spaces (Search spaces for the first PDCCH) are set for the first PDCCH in the mobile station apparatus 5. Here, the Search spaces for the first PDCCHs of the individual mobile station apparatuses 5 (Search spaces for the first PDCCHs) may be made up of CCEs totally different from one another, or may be made up CCEs totally identical to one another, or may be made up of CCEs that partially overlap with one another.
Next, a description will be given of a detection process for the second PDCCH. The mobile station apparatus 5 performs a process of detecting DCI for the mobile station apparatus 5 under the assumption of a plurality of E-CCE aggregation numbers. Candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number that is possibly used in the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied can be set to the mobile station apparatus 5 from the base station apparatus 3. The mobile station apparatus 5 performs a decoding process that differs every assumed E-CCE aggregation number (coding rate) on the signal on the second PDCCH, and obtains DCI included in the second PDCCH in which no error is detected in the CRC code added to the second PDCCH together with the DCI. Such a process is referred to as blind decoding. The mobile station apparatus 5 does not perform blind decoding on the signals (receive signals) on all the E-CCEs in the second PDCCH region configured by the base station apparatus 3 under the assumption of the second PDCCH, but may perform blind decoding on only some of the E-CCEs. Some of the E-CCEs on which blind decoding is performed are referred to as a Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH). Different search spaces (search spaces for the second PDCCH) are defined for the individual E-CCE aggregation numbers. For the mobile station apparatus 5 for which a plurality of second PDCCH regions are configured, a Search space is set (configured, defined) to each of the second PDCCH regions. For the mobile station apparatus 5, a Search space is set for each of the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied and the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied. For the mobile station apparatus 5 for which a plurality of second PDCCH regions are configured, a plurality of Search spaces are simultaneously set in a certain downlink subframe.
In the communication system 1 according to the embodiment of the present invention, different Search spaces (Search spaces for the second PDCCH) are set for the second PDCCH in the mobile station apparatus 5. Here, the Search spaces for the second PDCCHs of the individual mobile station apparatuses 5 for which the same second PDCCH region is configured (Search spaces for the second PDCCHs) may be made up of E-CCEs totally different from one another, or may be made up E-CCEs totally identical to one another, or may be made up of E-CCEs that partially overlap with one another.
For the mobile station apparatus 5 for which a plurality of second PDCCH regions are configured, a Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) is set in each second PDCCH region. A Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) means a logical region in which the mobile station apparatus 5 performs decoding and detection of the second PDCCH in the second PDCCH region. The Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) is made up of a plurality of second PDCCH candidates. The second PDCCH candidates are targets on which the mobile station apparatus 5 performs decoding and detection of the second PDCCH. For each E-CCE aggregation number, different second PDCCH candidates are made up of different E-CCEs (including one E-CCE and a plurality of E-CCEs). The E-CCEs forming a plurality of second PDCCH candidates of the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied are made up of a plurality of E-CCEs having consecutive E-CCE numbers. The first E-CCE number that is used for the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in the second PDCCH region is set for each mobile station apparatus 5. The E-CCEs forming a plurality of second PDCCH candidates of the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied are made up of a plurality of E-CCEs having inconsecutive E-CCE numbers. The first E-CCE number that is used for the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in the second PDCCH region is set for each mobile station apparatus 5 in each second PDCCH region. For example, with a random function using an identifier (mobile station identifier) assigned to the mobile station apparatus 5, the first E-CCE number that is used for the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) is set. For example, the base station apparatus 3 notifies the mobile station apparatus 5 of the first E-CCE number that is used in the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) by using RRC signaling.
The number of second PDCCH candidates may be different among the individual Search spaces (Search spaces for the second PDCCH) in a plurality of second PDCCH regions. The number of second PDCCH candidates in the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied may be larger than the number of second PDCCH candidates in the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied.
In a certain E-CCE aggregation number, the number of second PDCCH candidates in the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied may be the same as the number of second PDCCH candidates in the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied. In a different E-CCE aggregation number, the number of second PDCCH candidates in the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied may be different from the number of second PDCCH candidates in the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in the second PDCCH region to which the second physical resource mapping is applied.
The second PDCCH candidates of a certain E-CCE aggregation number may be set for the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in one second PDCCH region, and may not be set for the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in another second PDCCH region.
The number of second PDCCH candidates in the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in one second PDCCH region may be changed in accordance with the number of second PDCCH regions configured for the mobile station apparatus 5. For example, as the number of second PDCCH regions configured for the mobile station apparatus 5 increases, the number of second PDCCH candidates in the Search space (Search space for the second PDCCH) in one second PDCCH region may be decreased.
The mobile station apparatus 5 sets the Search space corresponding to the candidates of the E-CCE aggregation number reported from the base station apparatus 3, to the second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied. The mobile station apparatus 5 identifies the transmit antennas (antenna ports) to be used for transmitting signals on individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair in the second PDCCH region in accordance with the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs in the second PDCCH region reported from the base station apparatus 3, regarding the candidates of the E-CCE aggregation number reported from the base station apparatus 3. Only the information regarding candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number may be reported from the base station apparatus 3 to the mobile station apparatus 5, and the mobile station apparatus 5 may implicitly identify the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs in the second PDCCH region on the basis of the reported information, and may identify the transmit antennas (antenna ports) to be used for transmitting signals on individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair in the second PDCCH region. Only the information regarding the number of transmit antennas for the UE-specific RSs in the second PDCCH region may be reported from the base station apparatus 3 to the mobile station apparatus 5, and the mobile station apparatus 5 may identify candidates of an E-CCE aggregation number on the basis of the reported information, and may identify the transmit antennas (antenna ports) to be used for transmitting signals on individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair in the second PDCCH region.
The controller 405 determines whether the DCI received from the Viterbi decoder 529 is correct DCI for the mobile station apparatus 5. In the case of determining that the DCI is correct DCI for the mobile station apparatus 5, the controller 405 controls the demultiplexer 511, the data demodulator 523, the turbo decoder 525, and the transmission processor 407 on the basis of the DCI. For example, in a case where the DCI is a downlink assignment, the controller 405 controls the reception processor 401 to decode the signal on the PDSCH. In the PDCCH, as in the PDSCH, a CRC code is included, and the controller 405 determines whether or not the DCI of the PDCCH is wrong by using the CRC code.
The downlink reception quality measurement unit 531 measures the reception quality (RSRP) in the downlink of the cell by using downlink reference signals (CRS, CSI-RS), and outputs downlink reception quality information obtained through the measurement to the controller 405. Also, the downlink reception quality measurement unit 531 measures instantaneous channel quality for generating a CQI to be reported from the mobile station apparatus 5 to the base station apparatus 3. The downlink reception quality measurement unit 531 outputs information on RSRP and so forth obtained through the measurement to the controller 405.
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FIG. 6 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the configuration of the transmission processor 407 of the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention. As illustrated in FIG. 6, the transmission processor 407 includes a turbo encoder 611, a data modulator 613, a DFT unit 615, an uplink pilot channel processor 617, a physical uplink control channel processor 619, a subcarrier mapping unit 621, an IFFT unit 623, a GI insertion unit 625, a transmit power adjuster 627, a random access channel processor 629, a D/A unit 605, a transmission RF unit 607, and the transmit antenna 411. The transmission processor 407 encodes and modulates information data and UCI, generates signals to be transmitted using the PUSCH and PUCCH, and adjusts the transmit power of the PUSCH and PUCCH. The transmission processor 407 generates a signal to be transmitted using the PRACH, and adjusts the transmit power of the PRACH. The transmission processor 407 generates a DM RS and an SRS, and adjusts the transmit power of the DM RS and the SRS.
The turbo encoder 611 performs, on information data input thereto, turbo coding to enhance the error resilience of the data at a coding rate specified by the controller 405, and outputs the information data to the data modulator 613. The data modulator 613 modulates the encoded data obtained through encoding performed by the turbo encoder 611 by using a modulation scheme specified by the controller 405, for example, a modulation scheme such as QPSK, 16QAM, and 64QAM, and generates a signal sequence of modulation symbols. The data modulator 613 outputs the generated signal sequence of modulation symbols to the DFT unit 615. The DFT unit 615 performs discrete Fourier transform on the signal output from the data modulator 613, and outputs the signal to the subcarrier mapping unit 621.
The physical uplink control channel processor 619 performs baseband signal processing for transmitting the UCI received from the controller 405. The UCI input to the physical uplink control channel processor 619 is an ACK/NACK, an SR, or a CQI. The physical uplink control channel processor 619 performs baseband signal processing, and outputs a signal generated thereby to the subcarrier mapping unit 621. The physical uplink control channel processor 619 encodes the information bits of the UCI to generate a signal.
Also, the physical uplink control channel processor 619 performs signal processing relating to code multiplexing in the frequency domain and/or code multiplexing in the time domain on the signal generated from the UCI. The physical uplink control channel processor 619 multiplies a signal on the PUCCH generated from the information bit of an ACK/NACK, or the information bit of an SR, or the information bit of a CQI, by a code sequence specified by the controller 405 in order to realize code multiplexing in the frequency domain. The physical uplink control channel processor 619 multiplies a signal on the PUCCH generated from the information bit of an ACK/NACK, or the information bit of an SR, by a code sequence specified by the controller 405 in order to realize code multiplexing in the time domain.
The uplink pilot channel processor 617 generates an SRS and a DM RS, which are known signal in the base station apparatus 3, in response to an instruction from the controller 405, and outputs them to the subcarrier mapping unit 621.
The subcarrier mapping unit 621 maps the signal received from the uplink pilot channel processor 617, the signal received from the DFT unit 615, and the signal received from the physical uplink control channel processor 619 to a subcarrier in response to an instruction from the controller 405, and outputs the signals to the IFFT unit 623.
The IFFT unit 623 performs inverse fast Fourier transform on the signals output from the subcarrier mapping unit 621, and outputs the signals to the GI insertion unit 625. Here, the number of points of the IFFT unit 623 is larger than the number of points of the DFT unit 615. The mobile station apparatus 5 modulates, using the DFT-Spread-OFDM scheme, on the signal to be transmitted using the PUSCH, by using the DFT unit 615, the subcarrier mapping unit 621, and the IFFT unit 623. The GI insertion unit 625 adds guard interval to the signal received from the IFFT unit 623, and outputs the signal to the transmit power adjuster 627.
The random access channel processor 629 generates a signal to be transmitted using the PRACH by using a preamble sequence specified by the controller 405, and outputs the generated signal to the transmit power adjuster 627.
The transmit power adjuster 627 adjusts the transmit power of the signal received from the GI insertion unit 625 or the signal received from the random access channel processor 629 on the basis of a control signal from the controller 405, and outputs the signal to the D/A unit 605. In the transmit power adjuster 627, the average transmit powers of the PUSCH, PUCCH, DMRS, SRS, and PRACH are controlled for each uplink subframe.
The D/A unit 605 converts the baseband digital signal received from the transmit power adjuster 627 to an analog signal, and outputs the analog signal to the transmission RF unit 607. The transmission RF unit 607 generates in-phase components and orthogonal components of an intermediate frequency from the analog signal received from the D/A unit 605, and removes extra frequency components for the intermediate frequency band. Subsequently, the transmission RF unit 607 converts (up-converts) the intermediate-frequency signal into a high-frequency signal, removes extra frequency components, amplifies the power, and transmits the signal to the base station apparatus 3 via the transmit antenna 411.
FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a process related to setting of a Search space in a second PDCCH region, setting of the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs in a DL PRB pair, and setting of UE-specific RSs used to demodulate individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair, in the mobile station apparatus 5 according to the embodiment of the present invention. Here, a description will be given of an example of a process performed in a second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied. Here, a description will be given of a case where there are two types of candidate sets of an E-CCE aggregation number (first candidate set, second candidate set). For example, the first candidate set includes E-CCE aggregation 1, E-CCE aggregation 2, and E-CCE aggregation 4. For example, the second candidate set includes E-CCE aggregation 2 and E-CCE aggregation 4. A third candidate set and a fourth candidate set may further be configured. For example, the third candidate set includes E-CCE aggregation 4. For example, the fourth candidate set includes E-CCE aggregation 1 and E-CCE aggregation 4.
Here, a description will be given of a case where there are two types of the numbers of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs in a DL PRB pair (first number, second number). For example, the first number is 2. For example, the second number is 4. A third number and a fourth number may further be configured. For example, the third number is 1. For example, the fourth number is 3.
The mobile station apparatus 5 determines, on the basis of the information received from the base station apparatus 3 (RRC signaling), whether or not the first candidate set of an E-CCE aggregation number has been set (step S101). In a case where the mobile station apparatus 5 determines that the first candidate set of an E-CCE aggregation number has been set (YES in step S101), the mobile station apparatus 5 sets a Search space for each E-CCE aggregation number in the first candidate set (step S102). Subsequently, the mobile station apparatus 5 sets, on the basis of information received from the base station apparatus 3 (RRC signaling), UE-specific RSs for which the number of transmit antennas is the first number (step S103). Subsequently, the mobile station apparatus 5 performs setting to demodulate signals on individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair by using UE-specific RSs corresponding to different transmit antennas (step S104).
In a case where the mobile station apparatus 5 determines that the first candidate set of an E-CCE aggregation number is not set (NO in step S101), that is, determines that the second candidate set of an E-CCE aggregation number has been set, the mobile station apparatus 5 sets a Search space for each E-CCE aggregation number in the second candidate set (step S105). In a case where the second candidate set, not the first candidate set, is explicitly indicated by RRC signaling in step S101, the mobile station apparatus 5 may perform step S105. Subsequently, the mobile station apparatus 5 sets, on the basis of the information received from the base station apparatus 3 (RRC signaling), UE-specific RSs for which the number of transmit antennas is the second number (step S106). Subsequently, the mobile station apparatus 5 groups signals on individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair into a plurality of groups, and performs setting to demodulate the signals on the individual E-CCEs in the same group by using UE-specific RSs corresponding to common transmit antennas, and to demodulate the signals on E-CCEs in different groups by using UE-specific RSs corresponding to different transmit antennas (step S107).
The mobile station apparatus 5 demodulates the signals on the E-CCEs in the set Search space by using the UE-specific RSs for the corresponding transmit antennas (antenna ports), and performs a decoding process. In accordance with the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs that can be used in the second PDCCH region in steps S103 and S106, the mobile station apparatus 5 identifies the downlink resource elements in the E-CCEs to which a signal modulated from downlink control data is mapped, and performs a process of demultiplexing signals on the E-CCEs, as illustrated in FIGS. 19 and 20. For example, in a case where the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs is the second number, compared to a case where the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs is the first number, the number of downlink resource elements in the E-CCEs to which a signal modulated from downlink control data is mapped is large.
FIG. 8 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a process related to setting of a Search space in a second PDCCH region, setting of the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs in a DL PRB pair, and setting of transmit antennas (antenna ports) used to transmit individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair, in the base station apparatus 3 according to an embodiment of the present invention. Here, a description will be given of an example of a process performed in a second PDCCH region to which the first physical resource mapping is applied. Here, a description will be given of a case where there are two types of candidate sets of an E-CCE aggregation number (first candidate set, second candidate set). For example, the first candidate set includes E-CCE aggregation 1, E-CCE aggregation 2, and E-CCE aggregation 4. For example, the second candidate set includes E-CCE aggregation 2 and E-CCE aggregation 4. A third candidate set and a fourth candidate set may further be configured. For example, the third candidate set includes E-CCE aggregation 4. For example, the fourth candidate set includes E-CCE aggregation 1 and E-CCE aggregation 4.
Here, a description will be given of a case where there are two types of the numbers of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs in a DL PRB pair (first number, second number). For example, the first number is 2. For example, the second number is 4. A third number and a fourth number may further be configured. For example, the third number is 1. For example, the fourth number is 3.
The base station apparatus 3 determines, on the basis of the downlink reception quality (RSRP) or the like reported from the base station apparatus 3, whether or not the first candidate set of an E-CCE aggregation number is to be set in the second PDCCH region that is set for a certain mobile station apparatus 5 (step T101). In a case where the base station apparatus 3 determines to set the first candidate set of an E-CCE aggregation number (YES in step T101), the base station apparatus 3 sets a Search space for each E-CCE aggregation number in the first candidate set in the second PDCCH region that is set for the certain mobile station apparatus 5 (step T102). Subsequently, the base station apparatus 3 sets UE-specific RSs for which the number of transmit antennas is the first number, in the second PDCCH region that is set for the certain mobile station apparatus 5 (step T103). Subsequently, the base station apparatus 3 performs setting to transmit signals on individual E-CCEs in a DL PRB pair by using different transmit antennas (T104).
In a case where the base station apparatus 3 determines not to set the first candidate set of an E-CCE aggregation number in the second PDCCH region that is set for the certain mobile station apparatus 5 (NO in step T101), that is, in a case where the base station apparatus 3 determines to set the second candidate set of an E-CCE aggregation number in the second PDCCH region that is set for the certain mobile station apparatus 5, the base station apparatus 3 sets a Search space for each E-CCE aggregation number in the second candidate set in the second PDCCH that is set for the certain mobile station apparatus 5 (step T105). Subsequently, the base station apparatus 3 sets the UE-specific RSs for which the number of transmit antennas is the second number, in the second PDCCH region that is set for the certain mobile station apparatus 5 (step T106). Subsequently, the base station apparatus 3 groups signals on individual E-CCEs in the DL PRB pair into a plurality of groups, and performs setting to transmit the signals on the individual E-CCEs in the same group by using common transmit antennas, and to transmit the signals on the E-CCEs in different groups by using different transmit antennas (step T107).
Setting of a Search space by the base station apparatus 3 in steps T102 and T105 means identification of E-CCEs that can be used for the second PDCCH with respect to a certain mobile station apparatus 5, unlike in the process performed by the mobile station apparatus 5. In accordance with the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs that can be used in the second PDCCH region in steps T103 and T106, the base station apparatus 3 identifies the downlink resource elements in the E-CCEs to which a signal modulated from downlink control data can be mapped, and performs a process of multiplexing signals on the E-CCEs, as illustrated in FIGS. 19 and 20. For example, in a case where the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSs is the second number, compared to a case where the number of transmit antennas for UE-specific RSS is the first number, the number of downlink resource elements in the E-CCEs to which a signal modulated from downlink control data can be mapped is large. After performing steps T104 or T107, the base station apparatus 3 performs scheduling to determine which E-CCE (including all E-CCEs) is to be used to transmit the second PDCCH for each downlink subframe.
As described above, in the embodiment of the present invention, in the communication system 1, a plurality of physical resource block pairs (PRB pairs) are configured as a control channel region (second PDCCH region) (second PDCCH region to which first physical resource mapping is applied), which is a region in which a control channel (second PDCCH) is possibly mapped, first elements (E-CCEs) are formed of resources obtained by dividing one physical resource block pair (PRB pair), the control channel (second PDCCH) (Localized E-PDCCH) is made up of an aggregation of one or more first elements (E-CCE aggregation), and the communication system 1 includes a plurality of mobile station apparatuses 5 and a base station apparatus 3 that communicates with the plurality of mobile station apparatuses 5 using a control channel (second PDCCH). The base station apparatus 3 sets, for the mobile station apparatus 5, a candidate set of an aggregation number (E-CCE aggregation number) and the number of antenna ports corresponding to reference signals (UE-specific RSs) that may be multiplexed on the control channel region (second PDCCH region). The mobile station apparatus 5 identifies resources to which a modulated signal may be mapped in the first element (E-CCE) in accordance with the set number of antenna ports, and controls a demultiplexing process of the signal, and sets, for each aggregation number (E-CCE aggregation number) included in the set candidate set, a search region (Search space) in which decoding and detection of the control channel (second PDCCH) is performed in the control channel region (second PDCCH region). Accordingly, the base station apparatus 3 is capable of mapping more modulated signals (signals obtained by modulating DCI) to individual E-CCEs for the mobile station apparatus 5 having unfavorable downlink reception quality (mobile station apparatus near a cell edge) than for the mobile station apparatus 5 having favorable downlink reception quality, and is capable of enhancing the quality (reception quality, error quality) of the second PDCCH. Basically, in the mobile station apparatus 5 having unfavorable downlink reception quality, an E-CCE aggregation number larger than E-CCE aggregation 2 is used, and thus the multiplexing capacity for the second PDCCH can be maintained without being degraded.
As described above, in the embodiment of the present invention, in the communication system 1, the base station apparatus 3 controls antenna ports for transmitting signals on the first elements (E-CCEs) in a physical resource block pair (PRB pair) in accordance with the number of antenna ports (antenna ports for UE-specific RSs). As described above, in the embodiment of the present invention, in the communication system 1, antenna ports corresponding to reference signals (UE-specific RSs) used to demodulate signals on the individual first elements (E-CCEs) in a physical resource block pair (PRB pair) are controlled in accordance with the number of antenna ports (antenna ports for UE-specific RSs). Accordingly, the base station apparatus 3 is capable of performing precoding processing on a signal of each minimum unit of an E-CCE (one E-CCE or a plurality of E-CCEs) substantially used for the mobile station apparatus 5, and the mobile station apparatus 5 is capable of receiving a signal on the second PDCCH on which precoding processing has been performed by the base station apparatus 3, and the characteristics of the second PDCCH received by the mobile station apparatus 5 can be improved.
As described above, in the embodiment of the present invention, in the communication system 1, in a case where the number of antenna ports (antenna ports for UE-specific RSs) is the first number (for example, four), the base station apparatus 3 performs control to transmit signals on the first elements (E-CCEs) in a physical resource block pair (PRB pair) using different antenna ports (antenna ports also used to transmit UE-specific RSs). In a case where the number of antenna ports (antenna ports for UE-specific RSs) is the second number (for example, two), the base station apparatus 3 groups the signals on a plurality of first elements (E-CCEs) in a physical resource block pair (PRB pair) into a plurality of groups (for example, two groups, each group is made up of two E-CCEs), and performs control to transmit signals on the individual first elements (E-CCEs) in the same group using common antenna ports (antenna ports also used to transmit UE-specific RSs), and to transmit signals on the first elements (E-CCEs) in different groups using different antenna ports (antenna ports also used to transmit UE-specific RSs). As described above, in the embodiment of the present invention, in the communication system 1, in a case where the number of antenna ports (antenna ports for UE-specific RSs) is the first number (for example, four), the mobile station apparatus 5 performs control to demodulate the signals on the individual first elements (E-CCEs) in a physical resource block pair (PRB pair) by using reference signals (UE-specific RSs) corresponding to different antenna ports (antenna ports for UE-specific RSs). In a case where the number of antenna ports (antenna ports for UE-specific RSs) is the second number (for example, two), the mobile station apparatus 5 groups the signals on the plurality of first elements (E-CCEs) in a physical resource block pair (PRB pair) into a plurality of groups, and performs control to demodulate the signals on the individual first elements (E-CCEs) in the same group by using the reference signals (UE-specific RSs) corresponding to common antenna ports (antenna ports for UE-specific RSs), and to demodulate the signals on the first elements (E-CCEs) in different groups by using the reference signals (UE-specific RSs) corresponding to different antenna ports (antenna ports for UE-specific RSs). Accordingly, the base station apparatus 3 is capable of performing precoding processing on a signal on each minimum unit of an E-CCE (one E-CCE or a plurality of E-CCEs) that is substantially used for the mobile station apparatus 5. The mobile station apparatus 5 is capable of receiving a signal on the second PDCCH on which precoding processing has been performed by the base station apparatus 3, and the characteristics of the second PDCCH received by the mobile station apparatus 5 can be improved.
In the embodiment of the present invention, to simplify the description, the region of resources in which a second PDCCH is possibly mapped is defined as a second PDCCH region. It is clear that the present invention is applicable to another region defined by another term as long as the term has a similar meaning.
In the embodiment of the present invention, a description has been given mainly of a communication system in which coordinated communication is performed by a base station apparatus and an RRH. The present invention is also applicable to a communication system in which MU (Multi-User)-MIMO is applied in one base station apparatus. For example, MU-MIMO is a technology in which beam control is performed on signals to a plurality of mobile station apparatuses by using a precoding technology or the like for the plurality of mobile station apparatuses existing in different places (for example, area A, area B) in the area of a base station apparatus using a plurality of transmit antennas, and thereby orthogonality of signals among the mobile station apparatuses is maintained or interference of the same channel is reduced even in a case where the same resource is used in the frequency domain and the time domain. This technology is also called SDMA (Space Division Multiple Access) because signals among the mobile station apparatuses are spatially demultiplexed.
In MU-MIMO, different types of precoding processing are applied to individual mobile station apparatuses in which spatial multiplexing is performed. In the area of a base station apparatus, different types of precoding processing can be performed on the second PDCCHs and UE-specific RSs of a mobile station apparatus located in area A and a mobile station apparatus located in area B. A region in which a second PDCCH is possibly mapped is independently set for the mobile station apparatus located in area A and the mobile station apparatus located in area B, and precoding processing can be independently applied.
The mobile station apparatus 5 is not limited to a mobile terminal, and the present invention may be realized by installing the function of the mobile station apparatus 5 into a fixed terminal.
The characteristic means of the present invention described above can also be implemented by installing the function in an integrated circuit and controlling the function. That is, an integrated circuit according to the present invention is an integrated circuit which is mounted in a mobile station apparatus that communicates with a base station apparatus by using a control channel, and in which a plurality of physical resource block pairs are configured as a control channel region, which is a region in which the control channel is possibly mapped, first elements are made up of resources obtained by dividing one of the physical resource block pairs, and the control channel is made up of an aggregation of one or more first elements. The integrated circuit includes a first reception processor that receives, from the base station apparatus, information representing a candidate set of an aggregation number of the first elements, and information representing the number of antenna ports corresponding to reference signals that can be multiplexed on the control channel region, and a first controller that controls a demultiplexing process of a signal by identifying resources to which a modulated signal can be mapped to the first elements in accordance with the number of antenna ports, and that sets, for each aggregation number of the first elements included in the candidate set, a search region in which decoding and detection of the control channel is performed in the control channel region.
The integrated circuit according to the present invention is an integrated circuit which is mounted in a base station apparatus that communicates with a plurality of mobile station apparatuses by using a control channel, and in which a plurality of physical resource block pairs are configured as a control channel region, which is a region in which the control channel is possibly mapped, first elements are made up of resources obtained by dividing one of the physical resource block pairs, and the control channel is made up of an aggregation of one or more first elements. The integrated circuit includes a second radio resource controller that sets, for the mobile station apparatuses, a candidate set of an aggregation number of the first elements and the number of antenna ports corresponding to reference signals that can be multiplexed on the control channel region.
The operation described in the embodiment of the present invention may be implemented by a program. The program that operates in the mobile station apparatus 5 and the base station apparatus 3 according to the present invention is a program that controls a CPU or the like (program that causes a computer to function) to implement the function of the above-describe embodiment according to the present invention. The information handled in these apparatuses is temporarily stored in a RAM during processing, and is then stored in various ROMs or HDDs, is read out by the CPU if necessary, and is modified or written. A recording medium that stores the program may be any one of a semiconductor medium (for example, a ROM, a nonvolatile memory card, or the like), an optical recording medium (for example, a DVD, an MO, an MD, a CD, a BD, or the like), a magnetic recording medium (for example, a magnetic tape, a flexible disk, or the like), and do forth. The function of the above-described embodiment is implemented by executing a loaded program. In addition, the function of the present invention may be implemented by performing processing in conjunction with an operating system or another application program or the like on the basis of an instruction of the program.
In the case of circulating the program in the market, the program may be circulated by being stored in a portable recording medium or by being transferred to a server computer connected via a network, such as the Internet. In this case, a storage device of the server computer is also included in the present invention. Part or all of the mobile station apparatuses 5 and the base station apparatus 3 according to the above-described embodiment may be typically implemented as an LSI, which is an integrated circuit. The individual functional blocks of the mobile station apparatuses 5 and the base station apparatus 3 may be individually mounted on chips, or some or all of the functional blocks may be integrated into a chip. The integration method is not limited to the LSI, and an integrated circuit may be formed of a dedicated circuit or a multi-purpose processor. In a case where an integration technology that replaces the LSI emerges due to advance of the semiconductor technology, an integrated circuit produced based on the technology can be used. The individual functional blocks of the mobile station apparatuses 5 and the base station apparatus 3 may be formed of a plurality of circuits.
Information and signals can be indicated by using various different technologies and method. For example, a chip, a symbol, a bit, a signal, information, a command, an instruction, and data that can be referred to through the description given above can be indicated by a voltage, a current, an electromagnetic wave, a magnetic field or magnetic particle, an optical field or optical particle, or a combination of them.
Various exemplary logical blocks, processing units, and algorithm steps described above in association with the disclosure of this description can be mounted as electronic hardware, computer software, or a combination of both. To clearly express the synonymity of hardware and software, various exemplary elements, blocks, modules, circuits, and steps have been described about their functionality. Whether such functionality is installed as hardware or software depends on design restrictions on individual applications and the entire system. A person skilled in the art can install the above-described functionality by using various methods for individual specific applications, but decision of such installation should not be interpreted as deviation from the range of the present disclosure.
Various exemplary logical blocks and processing units described above in association with the disclosure of this description can be installed or implemented by a multi-purpose processor, digital signal processor (DSP), application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), and field programmable gate array signal (FPGA) that are designed to execute the functions described in this description, or another programmable logical device, a discrete gate or transistor logic, a discrete hardware component, or a combination of them. The multi-purpose processor may be a microprocessor. Instead, the processor may be a conventional processor, a controller, a microcontroller, or a state machine. Alternatively, the processor may be installed in combination with a computing device. The combination may be, for example, a combination of a DSP and a microprocessor, a combination of a plurality of microprocessors, one or more microprocessors connected to a DSP core, or a combination of other configurations.
The method or algorithm steps described above in association with the disclosure of this description can be directly embodied by hardware, a software module implemented by a processor, or a combination of them. The software module can exist in a RAM memory, a flash memory, a ROM memory, an EPROM memory, an EEPROM memory, a register, a hard disk, a removable disc, a CD-ROM, or recording media in various formats that are known in this field. A typical recording medium can be coupled to a processor so that the processor can read information from the recording medium and can write information on the recording medium. In another method, the recording medium may be incorporated into the processor. The processor and the recording medium may be in an ASIC. The ASIC can be in a mobile station apparatus (user terminal). Alternatively, the processor and the recording medium may be in the mobile station apparatus 5 as discrete elements.
In one or more typical designs, the functions described above can be installed as hardware, software, firmware, or a combination of them. If the functions are installed as software, the functions can be stored or transmitted as one or more instructions or codes on a computer-readable medium. The computer-readable medium includes a communication medium and a computer recording medium, which include a medium that helps carry a computer program from a certain place to another place. A recording medium may be any commercially available medium that can be accessed by a multi-purpose or application-specific computer. Examples of such a computer-readable medium include a RAM, a ROM, an EEPROM, a CDROM, or another optical disc medium, a magnetic disk medium or another magnetic recording medium, or a medium usable for carrying or holding desired program code means in the form of an instruction or a data configuration and in the form of being accessible by a multi-purpose or application-specific computer or a multi-purpose or application-specific processor. The computer-readable medium is not limited to these examples. Various forms of connection are appropriately called computer-readable media. For example, in a case where software is transmitted from a website, a server, or another remote source by using a coaxial cable, an optical fiber cable, a twisted pair, a digital subscriber line (DSL), or a wireless technology such as infrared, radio, or microwaves, the coaxial cable, optical fiber cable, twisted pair, DSL, or the wireless technology such as infrared, radio, or microwaves are included in the definition of a medium. The disc or disk used in this description includes a compact disc (CD), a laser disc (registered trademark), an optical disc, a digital versatile disc (DVD), a floppy (registered trademark) disk, and a blue-ray disc. Generally, data is magnetically played back from a disk, whereas data is optically played back from a disc using laser. A combination of the above-described media should also be included in the computer-readable medium.
The embodiment of the present invention has been described in detail above with reference to the drawings. The specific configuration is not limited to the embodiment, and design or the like within the gist of the present invention is also included in the claims.
(1) A communication system according to the present invention is a communication system including a plurality of mobile station apparatuses and a base station apparatus that communicates with the plurality of mobile station apparatuses by using a control channel, a plurality of physical resource block pairs being configured as a control channel region, which is a region where a control channel is possibly mapped, first elements being formed of resources obtained by dividing one of the physical resource block pairs, the control channel being made up of an aggregation of one or more of the first elements. The base station apparatus includes a second radio resource controller that sets, for each of the mobile station apparatuses, a candidate set of an aggregation number of the first elements and the number of antenna ports corresponding to reference signals that can be multiplexed on the control channel region. The mobile station apparatus includes a first controller that controls a demultiplexing process of a signal by identifying resources to which a modulated signal can be mapped in the first elements in accordance with the number of the antenna ports, and that sets, for each aggregation number of the first elements included in the candidate set, a search region in which decoding and detection of the control channel is performed in the control channel region.
(2) In the communication system according to the present invention, the base station apparatus includes a second controller that controls antenna ports for transmitting signals on the individual first elements in the physical resource block pair in accordance with the number of the antenna ports.
(3) In the communication system according to the present invention, the first controller controls the antenna ports corresponding to the reference signals used to demodulate signals on the individual first elements in the physical resource block pair in accordance with the number of the antenna ports.
(4) In the communication system according to the present invention, the second controller performs control to transmit signals on the individual first elements in the physical resource block pair by using different antenna ports in a case where the number of the antenna ports is a first number, and performs control to group the signals on the plurality of first elements in the physical resource block pair into a plurality of groups, to transmit the signals on the individual first elements in the same group by using common antenna ports, and to transmit the signals on the first elements in different groups by using different antenna ports in a case where the number of antenna ports is a second number.
(5) In the communication system according to the present invention, the first controller performs control to demodulate signals on the individual first elements in the physical resource block pair by using the reference signals corresponding to different antenna ports in a case where the number of the antenna ports is a first number, and performs control to group the signals on the plurality of first elements in the physical resource block pair into a plurality of groups, to demodulate the signals on the individual first elements in the same group by using the reference signals corresponding to common antenna ports, and to demodulate the signals on the first elements in different groups by using the reference signals corresponding to different antenna ports in a case where the number of the antenna ports is a second number.
(6) A mobile station apparatus according to the present invention is a mobile station apparatus that communicates with a base station apparatus by using a control channel, a plurality of physical resource block pairs being configured as a control channel region, which is a region where a control channel is possibly mapped, first elements being formed of resources obtained by dividing one of the physical resource block pairs, the control channel being made up of an aggregation of one or more of the first elements. The mobile station apparatus includes a first reception processor that receives, from the base station apparatus, information representing a candidate set of an aggregation number of the first elements and information representing the number of antenna ports corresponding to reference signals that can be multiplexed on the control channel region, and a first controller that controls a demultiplexing process of a signal by identifying resources to which a modulated signal can be mapped in the first elements in accordance with the number of the antenna ports, and that sets, for each aggregation number of the first elements included in the candidate set, a search region in which decoding and detection of the control channel is performed in the control channel region.
(7) In the mobile station apparatus according to the present invention, the first controller controls the antenna ports corresponding to the reference signals used to demodulate signals on the individual first elements in the physical resource block pair in accordance with the number of the antenna ports.
(8) In the mobile station apparatus according to the present invention, the first controller performs control to demodulate signals on the individual first elements in the physical resource block pair by using the reference signals corresponding to different antenna ports in a case where the number of the antenna ports is a first number, and performs control to group the signals on the plurality of first elements in the physical resource block pair into a plurality of groups, to demodulate the signals on the individual first elements in the same group by using the reference signals corresponding to common antenna ports, and to demodulate the signals on the first elements in different groups by using the reference signals corresponding to different antenna ports in a case where the number of the antenna ports is a second number.
(9) A base station apparatus according to the present invention is a base station apparatus that communicates with a plurality of mobile station apparatuses by using a control channel, a plurality of physical resource block pairs being configured as a control channel region, which is a region where a control channel is possibly mapped, first elements being formed of resources obtained by dividing one of the physical resource block pairs, the control channel being made up of an aggregation of one or more of the first elements. The base station apparatus includes a second radio resource controller that sets, for each of the mobile station apparatuses, a candidate set of an aggregation number of the first elements and the number of antenna ports corresponding to reference signals that can be multiplexed on the control channel region.
(10) In the base station apparatus according to the present invention, the base station apparatus includes a second controller that controls antenna ports for transmitting signals on the individual first elements in the physical resource block pair in accordance with the number of the antenna ports.
(11) In the base station apparatus according to the present invention, the second controller performs control to transmit signals on the individual first elements in the physical resource block pair by using different antenna ports in a case where the number of the antenna ports is a first number, and performs control to group the signals on the plurality of first elements in the physical resource block pair into a plurality of groups, to transmit the signals on the individual first elements in the same group by using common antenna ports, and to transmit the signals on the first elements in different groups by using different antenna ports in a case where the number of antenna ports is a second number.
(12) A communication method according to the present invention is a communication method used for a mobile station apparatus that communicates with a base station apparatus by using a control channel, a plurality of physical resource block pairs being configured as a control channel region, which is a region where a control channel is possibly mapped, first elements being formed of resources obtained by dividing one of the physical resource block pairs, the control channel being made up of an aggregation of one or more of the first elements. The communication method includes at least a step of receiving, from the base station apparatus, information representing a candidate set of an aggregation number of the first elements and information representing the number of antenna ports corresponding to reference signals that can be multiplexed on the control channel region, and a step of controlling a demultiplexing process of a signal by identifying resources to which a modulated signal can be mapped in the first elements in accordance with the number of the antenna ports, and setting, for each aggregation number of the first elements included in the candidate set, a search region in which decoding and detection of the control channel is performed in the control channel region.
(13) A communication method according to the present invention is a communication method used for a base station apparatus that communicates with a plurality of mobile station apparatuses by using a control channel, a plurality of physical resource block pairs being configured as a control channel region, which is a region where a control channel is possibly mapped, first elements being formed of resources obtained by dividing one of the physical resource block pairs, the control channel being made up of an aggregation of one or more of the first elements. The communication method includes at least a step of setting, for each of the mobile station apparatuses, a candidate set of an aggregation number of the first elements and the number of antenna ports corresponding to reference signals that can be multiplexed on the control channel region.
(14) An integrated circuit according to the present invention is an integrated circuit mounted in a mobile station apparatus that communicates with a base station apparatus by using a control channel, a plurality of physical resource block pairs being configured as a control channel region, which is an region where a control channel is possibly mapped, first elements being formed of resources obtained by dividing one of the physical resource block pairs, the control channel being made up of an aggregation of one or more of the first elements. The integrated circuit includes a first reception processor that receives, from the base station apparatus, information representing a candidate set of an aggregation number of the first elements and information representing the number of antenna ports corresponding to reference signals that can be multiplexed on the control channel region, and a first controller that controls a demultiplexing process of a signal by identifying resources to which a modulated signal can be mapped in the first elements in accordance with the number of the antenna ports, and that sets, for each aggregation number of the first elements included in the candidate set, a search region in which decoding and detection of the control channel is performed in the control channel region.
(15) An integrated circuit according to the present invention is an integrated circuit mounted in a base station apparatus that communicates with a plurality of mobile station apparatuses by using a control channel, a plurality of physical resource block pairs being configured as a control channel region, which is a region where a control channel is possibly mapped, first elements being formed of resources obtained by dividing one of the physical resource block pairs, the control channel being made up of an aggregation of one or more of the first elements. The integrated circuit includes a second radio resource controller that sets, for each of the mobile station apparatuses, a candidate set of an aggregation number of the first elements and the number of antenna ports corresponding to reference signals that can be multiplexed on the control channel region.
REFERENCE SIGNS LIST

    • 3 base station apparatus
    • 4 (A-C) RRH
    • 5 (A-C) mobile station apparatus
    • 101 reception processor
    • 103 radio resource controller
    • 105 controller
    • 107 transmission processor
    • 109 receive antenna
    • 111 transmit antenna
    • 201 physical downlink shared channel processor
    • 203 physical downlink control channel processor
    • 205 downlink pilot channel processor
    • 207 multiplexer
    • 209 IFFT unit
    • 211 GI insertion unit
    • 213 D/A unit
    • 215 transmission RF unit
    • 219 turbo encoder
    • 221 data modulator
    • 223 convolutional encoder
    • 225 QPSK modulator
    • 227 precoding processor (for PDCCH)
    • 229 precoding processor (for PDSCH)
    • 231 precoding processor (for downlink pilot channel)
    • 301 reception RF Unit
    • 303 A/D unit
    • 309 symbol timing detector
    • 311 GI remover
    • 313 FFT unit
    • 315 subcarrier demapping unit
    • 317 channel estimator
    • 319 channel equalizer (for PUSCH)
    • 321 channel equalizer (for PUCCH)
    • 323 IDFT unit
    • 325 data demodulator
    • 327 turbo decoder
    • 329 physical uplink control channel detector
    • 331 preamble detector
    • 333 SRS processor
    • 401 reception processor
    • 403 radio resource controller
    • 405 controller
    • 407 transmission processor
    • 409 receive antenna
    • 411 transmit antenna
    • 501 reception RF Unit
    • 503 A/D unit
    • 505 symbol timing detector
    • 507 GI remover
    • 509 FFT unit
    • 511 demultiplexer
    • 513 channel estimator
    • 515 channel compensator (for PDSCH)
    • 517 physical downlink shared channel decoder
    • 519 channel compensator (for PDCCH)
    • 521 physical downlink control channel decoder
    • 523 data demodulator
    • 525 turbo decoder
    • 527 QPSK demodulator
    • 529 Viterbi decoder
    • 531 downlink reception quality measurement unit
    • 533 PDCCH demapping unit
    • 605 D/A unit
    • 607 transmission RF unit
    • 611 turbo encoder
    • 613 data modulator
    • 615 DFT unit
    • 617 uplink pilot channel processor
    • 619 physical uplink control channel processor
    • 621 subcarrier mapping unit
    • 623 IFFT unit
    • 625 GI insertion unit
    • 627 transmit power adjuster
    • 629 random access channel processor


1. A mobile station apparatus that communicates with a base station apparatus, the mobile station apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to configure a set of PRB (Physical Resource Block) pairs based on a higher layer signaling, the set of PRB pairs being for EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel) monitoring; and
a reception unit configured to monitor an EPDCCH transmitted using a first number of ECCEs (Enhanced Control Channel Elements) on the set of PRB pairs, the set of PRB pairs being configured for localized EPDCCH transmission, wherein
an antenna port used to transmit the EPDCCH is included in a second number of antenna ports,
the first number is given by a ECCE aggregation number candidate set,
in a case that the second number is four, the ECCE aggregation number candidate set is a first set,
in a case that the second number is two, the ECCE aggregation number candidate set is a second set,
the first set and the second set each consists of a plurality of candidates of ECCE aggregation numbers, and
the first set is different from the second set.
2. The mobile station apparatus according to claim 1, wherein each of the first set and the second set includes at least an ECCE aggregation number of 2 and an ECCE aggregation number of 4.
3. A base station apparatus that communicates with a mobile station apparatus, the base station apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to configure a set of PRB (Physical Resource Block) pairs to the mobile station apparatus using a higher layer signaling, the set of PRB pairs being for EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel) monitoring; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit an EPDCCH by using a first number of ECCEs (Enhanced Control Channel Elements) on the set of PRB pairs, the set of PRB pairs being configured for localized EPDCCH transmission, wherein
an antenna port used to transmit the EPDCCH is included in a second number of antenna ports,
the first number is given by a ECCE aggregation number candidate set,
in a case that the second number is four, the ECCE aggregation number candidate set is a first set,
in a case that the second number is two, the ECCE aggregation number candidate set is a second set,
the first set and the second set each consists of a plurality of candidates of ECCE aggregation numbers, and
the first set is different from the second set.
4. The base station apparatus according to claim 3, wherein each of the first set and the second set includes at least an ECCE aggregation number of 2 and an ECCE aggregation number of 4.
5. A communication method for a mobile station apparatus that communicates with a base station apparatus, the communication method comprising:
configuring a set of PRB (Physical Resource Block) pairs based on a higher layer signaling, the set of PRB pairs being for EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel) monitoring; and
monitoring an EPDCCH transmitted using a first number of ECCEs (Enhanced Control Channel Elements) on the set of PRB pairs, the set of PRB pairs being configured for localized EPDCCH transmission, wherein
an antenna port used to transmit the EPDCCH is included in a second number of antenna ports,
the first number is given by a ECCE aggregation number candidate set,
in a case that the second number is four, the ECCE aggregation number candidate set is a first set,
in a case that the second number is two, the ECCE aggregation number candidate set is a second set,
the first set and the second set each consists of a plurality of candidates of ECCE aggregation numbers, and
the first set is different from the second set.
6. The communication method according to claim 5, wherein each of the first set and the second set includes at least an ECCE aggregation number of 2 and an ECCE aggregation number of 4.
7. A communication method for a base station apparatus that communicates with a mobile station apparatus, the communication method comprising:
configuring a set of PRB (Physical Resource Block) pairs to the mobile station apparatus using a hi her layer signaling, the set of PRB pairs being for EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel) monitoring; and
transmitting an EPDCCH by using a first number of ECCEs (Enhanced Control Channel Elements) on the set of PRB pairs, the set of PRB pairs being configured for localized EPDCCH transmission, wherein
an antenna port used to transmit the EPDCCH is included in a second number of antenna ports,
the first number is given by a ECCE aggregation number candidate set,
in a case that the second number is four, the ECCE aggregation number candidate set is a first set,
in a case that the second number is two, the ECCE aggregation number candidate set is a second set,
the first set and the second set each consists of a plurality of candidates of ECCE aggregation numbers, and
the first set is different from the second set.
8. The communication method according to claim 7, wherein each of the first set and the second set includes at least an ECCE aggregation number of 2 and an ECCE aggregation number of 4.

 

 

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