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Title:
DATA CHANNEL MAPPING TYPE AND DM-RS CONFIGURATION TO ENABLE L1 CLI MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/154496
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Embodiments of this disclosure include apparatuses and methods for data channel mapping type and demodulation reference signal (DM-RS) configuration to enable a physical layer (L1) crosslink interference (CLI) measurement and reporting. Some embodiments are direct to a method of operating a base station (BS), where the method can include generating, by the BS, a demodulation reference signal (DM-RS), determining, by the BS, a position of the DM-RS in a first transmission slot, transmitting, by the BS, the DM-RS to a UE based on the determined position in the first transmission slot, processing, by the BS, a crosslink interference (CLI) measurement fed back based on the DM-RS, wherein the CLI measurement fed back is in a channel state information (CSI) report, and performing, by the BS, a CLI mitigation based on the CLI measurement.

Inventors:
YING DAWEI (US)
GHOZLAN HASSAN (US)
LI QIAN (US)
WU GENG (US)
Application Number:
US2020/014783
Publication Date:
July 30, 2020
Filing Date:
January 23, 2020
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Assignee:
APPLE INC (US)
International Classes:
H04L5/00; H04W72/12
Domestic Patent References:
WO2018219068A12018-12-06
WO2018223386A12018-12-13
WO2018128297A12018-07-12
Foreign References:
Other References:
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ZTE ET AL: "Discussion on Measurements and RS Design for CLI Mitigation", vol. RAN WG1, no. Spokane, Washington, USA; 20170403 - 20170407, 2 April 2017 (2017-04-02), XP051242581, Retrieved from the Internet [retrieved on 20170402]
RELEASE: "Study on New Radio Access Technology: Physical Layer Aspects", 3GPP TR38.802, 2017, pages 14
RANI RELEASE: "Physical layer procedures for data", 3GPP TS 38.214, 2018, pages 15
RANI RELEASE: "Physical channels and modulation", 3GPP TS 38.211, 2018, pages 15
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HELVEY, Jeffrey T. et al. (US)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A method of operating a base station (BS) comprising:

generating, by the BS, a demodulation reference signal (DM-RS); determining, by the BS, a position of the DM-RS in a first transmission slot; transmitting, by the BS, the DM-RS to a user equipment (UE) based on the determined position in the first transmission slot;

processing, by the BS, a crosslink interference (CLI) measurement that is fed back based on the DM-RS, wherein the CLI measurement is associated with a channel state information (CSI) report; and

performing, by the BS, a CLI mitigation based on the CLI measurement.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

generating, by the BS, a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) signal; and transmitting, by the BS, the PDSCH signal to the UE after the transmission of the DM-RS.

3. The method of claim 2, further comprising mapping, by the BS, the PDSCH signal based on a mapping process, wherein the mapping process supports a 1 -symbol data transmission.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein transmitting the DM-RS further includes transmitting in the first transmission slot that immediately precedes a second transmission slot in which the PDSCH signal is transmitted.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein the CSI report further includes the CLI measurement associated with a layer- 1 (Ll)-received signal strength indicator (RSSI), LI -reference signal received power (RSRP), or LI -signal to noise and interference ratio (SINR) reporting.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein the CSI report further includes the CLI measurement associated with a channel quality indicator (CQI) reporting. 7. The method of claim 1, wherein transmitting the DM-RS further includes transmitting with an offset relative to a start of the first transmission slot in which the DM-RS is to be transmitted.

8. A non-transitory computer readable medium having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

generating a demodulation reference signal (DM-RS);

determining the DM-RS position in a first transmission slot;

transmitting the DM-RS to a user equipment (UE) based on the determined position in the first transmission slot;

processing a crosslink interference (CLI) measurement that is fed back based on the DM-RS, wherein the CLI measurement is associated with a channel state information (CSI) report; and

performing a CLI mitigation based on the CLI measurement.

9. The non-transitory computer readable medium of claim 8, the operations further

comprising:

generating a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) signal; and transmitting the PDSCH signal to the UE after the transmission of the DM-RS.

10. The non-transitory computer readable medium of claim 9, the operations further

comprising mapping the PDSCH signal based on a mapping process, wherein the mapping process supports a 1-symbol data transmission.

11. The non-transitory computer readable medium of claim 9, the operations further

comprising transmitting the DM-RS in the first transmission slot that immediately precedes a second transmission slot in which the PDSCH signal is transmitted.

12. The non-transitory computer readable medium of claim 8, wherein the CSI report further includes the CLI measurement associated with a LI -received signal strength indicator (RSSI), Ll-reference signal received power (RSRP), or Ll-signal to noise and interference ratio (SINR) reporting. 13. The non-transitory computer readable medium of claim 8, wherein the CSI report further includes the CLI measurement associated with a channel quality indicator (CQI) reporting.

14. The non-transitory computer readable medium of claim 8, the operations further

comprising transmitting with an offset relative to a start of the first transmission slot in which the DM-RS is to be transmitted.

15. An apparatus associated with a base station (BS), comprising:

processor circuitry configured to:

generate a demodulation reference signal (DM-RS);

determine the DM-RS position in a first transmission slot;

process a crosslink interference (CLI) measurement that is fed back based on the DM-RS, wherein the CLI measurement is associated with a channel state information (CSI) report; and

perform a CLI mitigation based on the CLI measurement; and

a radio frequency integrated circuit, coupled to the processor circuitry, configured to transmit the DM-RS to a user equipment (UE) based on the determined position in the first transmission slot.

16. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein:

the processor circuitry is further configured to generate a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) signal; and

the radio frequency integrated circuit is further configured to transmit the PDSCH signal to the UE after the transmission of the DM-RS.

17. The apparatus of claim 16, wherein the radio frequency integrated circuit is further

configured to transmit the DM-RS in the first transmission slot that immediately precedes a second transmission slot in which the PDSCH signal is transmitted.

18. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the CSI report further includes the CLI measurement associated with a LI -received signal strength indicator (RSSI), LI -reference signal received power (RSRP), or LI -signal to noise and interference ratio (SINR) reporting. 19. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the CSI report further includes the CLI measurement associated with a channel quality indicator (CQI) reporting.

20. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the radio frequency integrated circuit is further

configured to transmit with an offset relative to a start of the first transmission slot in which the DM-RS is to be transmitted.

Description:
DATA CHANNEL MAPPING TYPE AND DM-RS CONFIGURATION TO ENABLE LI CLI MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims the benefit under 35 U.S.C. § 119(e) of U.S. Provisional

Application No. 62/795,771, filed January 23, 2019, which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.

FIELD

[0002] Various embodiments generally may relate to the field of wireless

communications.

SUMMARY

[0003] Some embodiments of this disclosure include apparatuses and methods for data channel mapping type and demodulation reference signal (DM-RS) configuration to enable a physical layer (LI) crosslink interference (CLI) measurement and reporting. Some embodiments are direct to a method of operating a base station (BS). The method includes generating, by the BS, a demodulation reference signal (DM-RS); determining, by the BS, a position of the DM-RS in a first transmission slot; transmitting, by the BS, the DM-RS to a user equipment (UE) based on the determined position in the first transmission slot; processing, by the BS, a crosslink interference (CLI) measurement that is fed back based on the DM-RS, where the CLI measurement is associated with a channel state information (CSI) report; and performing, by the BS, a CLI mitigation based on the CLI measurement.

[0004] The method can further include generating, by the BS, a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) signal, and transmitting, by the BS, the PDSCH signal to the UE after the transmission of the DM-RS.

[0005] The method can further include the CSI report further including the CLI

measurement associated with a layer-1 (Ll)-received signal strength indicator (RSSI), Ll-reference signal received power (RSRP), or Ll-signal to noise and interference ratio (SINR) reporting. [0006] The method can further include the CSI report further including the CLI measurement associated with a channel quality indicator (CQI) reporting.

[0007] The method can further include mapping, by the BS, the PDSCH signal based on a mapping process, where the mapping process supports a 1 -symbol data transmission.

[0008] The method can further include transmitting the DM-RS in the first transmission slot that immediately precedes a second transmission slot in which the PDSCH signal is transmitted.

[0009] The method can further include transmitting the DM-RS with an offset relative to a start of the first transmission slot in which the DM-RS is to be transmitted.

[0010] Some embodiments are directed to a non-transitory computer readable medium having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations including generating a demodulation reference signal (DM-RS); determining the DM-RS position in a first transmission slot; transmitting the DM-RS to a UE based on the determined position in the first

transmission slot; processing a crosslink interference (CLI) measurement that is fed back based on the DM-RS, where the CLI measurement is associated with a channel state information (CSI) report; and performing a CLI mitigation based on the CLI

measurement.

[0011] The operations can further include generating a physical downlink shared channel

(PDSCH) signal, and transmitting the PDSCH signal to the UE after the transmission of the DM-RS.

[0012] The CSI report can further include the CLI measurement is fed back in Ll- received signal strength indicator (RSSI), LI -reference signal received power (RSRP), or LI -signal to noise and interference ratio (SINR) reporting.

[0013] The CSI report can further include the CLI measurement fed back in a channel quality indicator (CQI) reporting.

[0014] The operations can further include mapping the PDSCH signal based on a

mapping process, where the mapping process supports a 1 -symbol data transmission.

[0015] The operations can further include transmitting the DM-RS in the first

transmission slot that immediately precedes a second transmission slot in which the PDSCH signal is transmitted.

[0016] The operations can further include transmitting with an offset relative to a start of the first transmission slot in which the DM-RS is to be transmitted. [0017] Some embodiments are directed to an apparatus associated with a base station

(BS). The apparatus can include processor circuitry configured to: generate a

demodulation reference signal (DM-RS), determine the DM-RS position in a first transmission slot, process a crosslink interference (CLI) measurement that is fed back based on the DM-RS, where the CLI measurement is associated with a channel state information (CSI) report, and perform a CLI mitigation based on the CLI measurement. The BS can further include a radio frequency integrated circuit, coupled to the processor circuitry, configured to transmit the DM-RS to a UE based on the determined position in the first transmission slot.

[0018] The processor circuitry can further be configured to generate a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) signal, and the radio frequency integrated circuit can further be configured to transmit the PDSCH signal to the UE after the transmission of the DM-RS.

[0019] The CSI report can further include the LI CLI measurement fed back in a Ll- received signal strength indicator (RSSI), LI -reference signal received power (RSRP), or LI -signal to noise and interference ratio (SINR) reporting.

[0020] The CSI report can further include the CLI measurement fed back in a channel quality indicator (CQI) reporting.

[0021] The radio frequency integrated circuit can further be configured to transmit the

DM-RS in the first transmission slot that immediately precedes a second transmission slot in which the PDSCH signal is transmitted.

[0022] The radio frequency integrated circuit can further be configured to transmit with an offset relative to a start of the first transmission slot in which the DM-RS is to be transmitted.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS/FIGURES

[0023] Figure 1 illustrates the two types of CLI according to embodiments.

[0024] Figure 2 illustrates a pre-data DM-RS offset related to the start of the slot

according to embodiments.

[0025] Figure 3 illustrates posX for a pre-data DM-RS for a short data transmission

within the same slot according to embodiments.

[0026] Figure 4 illustrates an example timing alignment of pre-data DM-RS with

different symbol length according to embodiments. [0027] Figure 5 illustrates the beam indication considering the pre-data DM-RS according to embodiments.

[0028] Figure 6 illustrates a UE PUSCH preparation procedure time with pre-data DM-

RS according to embodiments.

[0029] Figure 7 illustrates an example system architecture according to embodiments.

[0030] Figure 8 illustrates another example system architecture according to

embodiments.

[0031] Figure 9 illustrates another example system architecture according to

embodiments.

[0032] Figure 10 illustrates a block diagram of an exemplary infrastructure equipment according to embodiments.

[0033] Figure 11 illustrates a block diagram of an exemplary platform according to

embodiments.

[0034] Figure 12 illustrates a block diagram of baseband circuitry and front end modules according to embodiments.

[0035] Figure 13 illustrates a block diagram of exemplary protocol functions that may be implemented in a wireless communication device according to embodiments.

[0036] Figure 14 illustrates a block diagram of an exemplary computer system that can be utilized to implement various embodiments.

[0037] Figure 15 illustrates a method of operating the system according to embodiments.

[0038] Figure 16 illustrates a method of operating the system according to embodiments.

[0039] Figure 17 illustrates a further method of operating the system according to

embodiments.

[0040] Figure 18 illustrates a further method of operating the system according to

embodiments.

[0041] The features and advantages of the embodiments will become more apparent from the detailed description set forth below when taken in conjunction with the drawings, in which like reference characters identify corresponding elements throughout. In the drawings, like reference numbers generally indicate identical, functionally similar, and/or structurally similar elements. The drawing in which an element first appears is indicated by the leftmost digit(s) in the corresponding reference number. DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Discussion of Embodiments

[0042] The following detailed description refers to the accompanying drawings. The same reference numbers may be used in different drawings to identify the same or similar elements. In the following description, for purposes of explanation and not limitation, specific details are set forth such as particular structures, architectures, interfaces, techniques, etc. in order to provide a thorough understanding of the various aspects of various embodiments. However, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art having the benefit of the present disclosure that the various aspects of the various embodi4ments may be practiced in other examples that depart from these specific details. In certain instances, descriptions of well-known devices, circuits, and methods are omitted so as not to obscure the description of the various embodiments with unnecessary detail. For the purposes of the present document, the phrase“A or B” means (A), (B), or (A and B).

[0043] New Radio (NR) supports duplexing flexibility in both paired and unpaired

spectrum as discussed in 3GPP TR38.802,“Study on New Radio Access Technology: Physical Layer Aspects,” Release 14, 2017. In NR, two types of crosslink interference (CLI) arise under dynamic up-link/downlink (UL)/(DL) operation. The first is UE-to-UE interference and the second is TRP-to-TRP interference.

[0044] Figure 1 illustrates the two types of CLI according to embodiments. To enable

CLI mitigation schemes, a UE-to-UE 102 and a TRP-to-TRP 104 CLI measurement and reporting are required. To accurately reflect the interference level caused by the data transmission, it is desired that the CLI-RS can emulate the data transmission using the same frequency resources, transmit beam, precoding matrix, and transmit power as actual data transmission. Then, DM-RS acts as a good candidate for CLI-RS used in LI measurement, because it naturally satisfies all the above requirements.

[0045] This disclosure presents the LI CLI measurement and reporting framework based on PDSCH or PUSCH DM-RS. To utilize DM-RS for LI measurement, DM-RS should be transmitted before data transmission. A new data channel mapping type is proposed so that a DM-RS is transmitted before PDSCH or PUSCH. Measurement results could be reported in the CSI reporting, and we also discuss some considerations on beam management for pre-data DM-RS transmission. [0046] This disclosure also proposes a new data mapping type for PDSCH or PUSCH.

The DM-RS transmission happens before the actual data transmission to enable LI CLI measurement and CLI mitigation based on link adaptation. CLI measurement results are reported within the CSI reporting, and beam management considerations are discussed.

[0047] Crosslink interference management is an ongoing 3GPP Work Items for NR Rel-

16.

Brief overview of the NR Rel-15 PDSCH or PUSCH mapping types

[0048] In Rel-15 NR, there are two types of PDSCH or PUSCH mapping types in time domain: Type A and Type B. Table 1 from 3GPP TS 38.214 entitled“Physical layer procedures for data,” RANI Release 15, 2018, specifies the supported starting symbol (S) and length (L) of a data channel, assuming normal cyclic prefix.

Table 1. Valid S and L combinations for PDSCH and PUSCH in Rel-15 NR

[0049] M-RS locations within the data transmission depends on the data channel mapping type as described in 3GPP TS 38.211,“Physical channels and modulation,” RANI Release 15, 2018. For mapping type A, DM-RS locations are defined relative to the start of the slot. For mapping type B, DM-RS locations are defined related to the start of the scheduled data transmission.

[0050] In Table 2, possible DM-RS positions within a data transmission are illustrated for mapping type B.

Table 2. DM-RS positions for PDSCH and PUSCH type B in Rel-15 NR

New PDSCH or PUSCH mapping type

[0051] In one embodiment, a new mapping type in time domain, type C, is defined for both DL and UL data transmission as shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Valid S and L combinations for PDSCH and PUSCH mapping type C

[0052] The new mapping type supports 1 -symbol data transmission for both PDSCH and

PUSCH. Additional pre-data DM-RS positions are configured via RRC signaling for mapping type C, and the concept of pre-data DM-RS is illustrated in Figure 2.

[0053] Figure 2 illustrates a slot arrangement 200 having slots 202 and 204. The slot 202 includes the pre-data DM-RS 206, which is prior to slot 204 that includes data in carried in the PDSCH. The pre-data DM-RS 206 is associated with a pre-data DM-RS offset 208 related to the start of the slot 202 according to embodiments. Note that the pre-data DM- RS offset is relative to the start of the slot, not to the start of data transmission. Note that pre-data offset slots = 0 means the pre-data DM-RS and data transmission are in the same slot. Then, in this case, the valid pre-data offset symbols is from 0 to s-1, where s is the starting symbol of data transmission. Between the pre-data DM-RS and PDSCH or PUSCH transmission, UE can be scheduled with other data and/or control channels. The pre-data DM-RS can be one-symbol or two-symbol DM-RS.

[0054] In RRC IE PDSCH-Config , a new field dmrs-DownlinkForPDSCH-

MappingTypeC could be configured as shown underlined in the box below.

_ _

[0055] In on embodiment, new fields, in RRC IE DMRS-DownlinkConfig , are defined to specify the pre-data DM-RS offset in number of slots and OFDM symbols as shown underlined in the box below.

[0056] The pre-DataOffsetNrSlots is a pre-data DM-RS offset in number of slots, relative to the start of the slot, which contains PDSCH. The pre-DataOffsetNrSymbols is a pre data DM-RS offset in number of symbols, relative to the start of the slot, which contains the pre-data DM-RS.

[0057] A new entry for dmrs-AdditionalPosition is defined as“posX”, indicating that there is a pre-data DM-RS and no DM-RS within the data transmission period. It is valid only when (1) pre-data DM-RS and PDSCH or PUSCH are in the same slot, i.e., per- DataOffsetNrSlots = 0, and (2) Data length L<4 symbols. Figure 3 illustrates posX 302 for a pre-data DM-RS 304 for a short data transmission within the same slot 300 according to embodiments. Similarly, in PUSCH-Config, a new field dmrs- UplinkForPUSCH-MappingTypeC , and pre-data DM-RS offset can be configured in DMRS-UplinkConfig as well. LI CLI measurement reporting

[0058] Layer 1 (LI) measurement can be reported with channel state information (CSI) reports. There are two options to include CLI results in a CSI reporting.

Option 1: L1-RSSI/L1-RSRP/L1-SINR reporting

[0059] The main advantage of this option is its low complexity compared to the CQI reporting. For Ll-RSSI, a single measured value can be quantized into a 7-bit string. For L1-RSRP/L1-SINR, UE can report only the largest measured value or use differential reporting to report multiple Ll-RSRP or Ll-SINR values.

Option 2: CQI reporting

[0060] UE device can take CLI measurement into account when generating CQI reports for proper link adaptation.

Network coordination on pre-data DM-RS configuration

[0061] It is desired to align the DL and UL DM-RS for LI CLI measurement. To achieve the timing alignment, gNBs should coordinate on the pre-data offset parameters. If same SCS are shared among gNBs, then same offset values should be configured. If difference SCS are used, then timing alignment can be achieve with different DM-RS symbols and offset values. For example, if gNB-A is using 60KHz SCS in FR2 and gNB-B is using 120KHz, then gNB-A can configure a one-symbol pre-data DM-RS and gNB-B configures a two symbol pre-data DM-RS. Same scheme can be used if DL and UL are under different SCS within the same cell. Figure 4 illustrates an example timing alignment 400 of pre-data DM-RS with different symbol length according to

embodiments. In one embodiment, the message is exchanged among gNBs via X2, Xn, or FI interface.

[0062] Table 4 illustrates the consideration on DL beam indication and UL preparation time for pre-data DM-RS. Table 4

[0063] For UE to correctly receive pre-data DM-RS for PDSCH, the modification on

PHY procedure is needed as discussed below.

Modifications

[0064] If tci-PresentlnDCI is set to“enable”, and the PDSCH is scheduled by DCI format

1 1, and the time difference between the reception of the DL DCI and the pre-data DM- RS is greater than or equal to the threshold, Threshold-sched-Offset , UE may assume that the DM-RS ports of PDSCH are QCLed with the RS(s) indicated by the TCI state.

[0065] If the time difference between the reception of the DL DCI and the pre-data DM-

RS is less than the threshold, Threshold-sched-Offset , UE may assume that the DM-RS ports of PDSCH are quasi co-located with the PDCCH transmission (even if the offset between the DCI and PDSCH are larger than Threshold-sched-Offset .). Figure 5 illustrates the beam indication considering the pre-data DM-RS according to

embodiments.

[0066] For UE to correctly transmit pre-data DM-RS for PUSCH, gNBs need to consider pre-data DM-RS offset when it configures the k2 value in PUSCH- TimeDomainResourceAllocation. Figure 6 illustrates a UE PUSCH preparation procedure time with pre-data DM-RS according to embodiments. In one embodiment, the UE should transmit the PUSCH with a pre-data DM-RS, if the pre-data DM-RS (including TA effect) is no earlier than Tproc,2 after the end of the reception of the last symbol of the scheduling PDCCH.

System and Implementations

[0067] Figure 7 illustrates an example architecture of a system 700 of a network, in

accordance with various embodiments. The following description is provided for an example system 700 that operates in conjunction with the LTE system standards and 5G or NR system standards as provided by 3GPP technical specifications. However, the example embodiments are not limited in this regard and the described embodiments may apply to other networks that benefit from the principles described herein, such as future 3GPP systems (e.g., Sixth Generation (6G)) systems, IEEE 802.16 protocols (e.g., WMAN, WiMAX, etc.), or the like.

[0068] As shown by Figure 7, the system 700 includes UE 701a and UE 701b

(collectively referred to as“UEs 701” or“UE 701”). In this example, UEs 701 are illustrated as smartphones (e.g., handheld touchscreen mobile computing devices connectable to one or more cellular networks), but may also comprise any mobile or non- mobile computing device, such as consumer electronics devices, cellular phones, smartphones, feature phones, tablet computers, wearable computer devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), pagers, wireless handsets, desktop computers, laptop computers, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), in-car entertainment (ICE) devices, an

Instrument Cluster (IC), head-up display (HUD) devices, onboard diagnostic (OBD) devices, dashtop mobile equipment (DME), mobile data terminals (MDTs), Electronic Engine Management System (EEMS), electronic/engine control units (ECUs), electronic/engine control modules (ECMs), embedded systems, microcontrollers, control modules, engine management systems (EMS), networked or“smart” appliances, MTC devices, M2M, IoT devices, and/or the like.

[0069] In some embodiments, any of the UEs 701 may be IoT UEs, which may comprise a network access layer designed for low-power IoT applications utilizing short-lived UE connections. An IoT UE can utilize technologies such as M2M or MTC for exchanging data with an MTC server or device via a PLMN, ProSe or D2D communication, sensor networks, or IoT networks. The M2M or MTC exchange of data may be a machine- initiated exchange of data. An IoT network describes interconnecting IoT UEs, which may include uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices (within the Internet infrastructure), with short-lived connections. The IoT UEs may execute background applications (e.g., keep-alive messages, status updates, etc.) to facilitate the connections of the IoT network.

[0070] The UEs 701 may be configured to connect, for example, communicatively

couple, with an or RAN 710. In embodiments, the RAN 710 may be an NG RAN or a 5G RAN, an E-UTRAN, or a legacy RAN, such as a UTRAN or GERAN. As used herein, the term“NG RAN” or the like may refer to a RAN 710 that operates in an NR. or 5G system 700, and the term“E-UTRAN” or the like may refer to a RAN 710 that operates in an LTE or 4G system 700. The EIEs 701 utilize connections (or channels) 703 and 704, respectively, each of which comprises a physical communications interface or layer (discussed in further detail below).

[0071] In this example, the connections 703 and 704 are illustrated as an air interface to enable communicative coupling, and can be consistent with cellular communications protocols, such as a GSM protocol, a CDMA network protocol, a PTT protocol, a POC protocol, a UMTS protocol, a 3GPP LTE protocol, a 5G protocol, a NR. protocol, and/or any of the other communications protocols discussed herein. In embodiments, the UEs 701 may directly exchange communication data via a ProSe interface 705. The ProSe interface 705 may alternatively be referred to as a SL interface 705 and may comprise one or more logical channels, including but not limited to a PSCCH, a PSSCH, a PSDCH, and a PSBCH.

[0072] The UE 701b is shown to be configured to access an AP 706 (also referred to as

“WLAN node 706,”“WLAN 706,”“WLAN Termination 706,”“WT 706” or the like) via connection 707. The connection 707 can comprise a local wireless connection, such as a connection consistent with any IEEE 802.11 protocol, wherein the AP 706 would comprise a wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi®) router. In this example, the AP 706 is shown to be connected to the Internet without connecting to the core network of the wireless system (described in further detail below). In various embodiments, the UE 701b, RAN 710, and AP 706 may be configured to utilize LWA operation and/or LWIP operation. The LWA operation may involve the UE 701b in RRC CONNECTED being configured by a RAN node 71 la-b to utilize radio resources of LTE and WLAN. LWIP operation may involve the UE 701b using WLAN radio resources (e.g., connection 707) via IPsec protocol tunneling to authenticate and encrypt packets (e.g., IP packets) sent over the connection 707. IPsec tunneling may include encapsulating the entirety of original IP packets and adding a new packet header, thereby protecting the original header of the IP packets.

[0073] The RAN 710 can include one or more AN nodes or RAN nodes 711a and 711b

(collectively referred to as“RAN nodes 711” or“RAN node 711”) that enable the connections 703 and 704. As used herein, the terms“access node,”“access point,” or the like may describe equipment that provides the radio baseband functions for data and/or voice connectivity between a network and one or more users. These access nodes can be referred to as BS, gNBs, RAN nodes, eNBs, NodeBs, RSUs, TRxPs or TRPs, and so forth, and can comprise ground stations (e.g., terrestrial access points) or satellite stations providing coverage within a geographic area (e.g., a cell). As used herein, the term“NG RAN node” or the like may refer to a RAN node 711 that operates in an NR or 5G system 700 (for example, a gNB), and the term“E-UTRAN node” or the like may refer to a RAN node 711 that operates in an LTE or 4G system 700 (e.g., an eNB). According to various embodiments, the RAN nodes 711 may be implemented as one or more of a dedicated physical device such as a macrocell base station, and/or a low power (LP) base station for providing femtocells, picocells or other like cells having smaller coverage areas, smaller user capacity, or higher bandwidth compared to macrocells.

[0074] In some embodiments, all or parts of the RAN nodes 711 may be implemented as one or more software entities running on server computers as part of a virtual network, which may be referred to as a CRAN and/or a virtual baseband unit pool (vBBUP). In these embodiments, the CRAN or vBBUP may implement a RAN function split, such as a PDCP split wherein RRC and PDCP layers are operated by the CRAN/vBBUP and other L2 protocol entities are operated by individual RAN nodes 711; a MAC/PHY split wherein RRC, PDCP, RLC, and MAC layers are operated by the CRAN/vBBUP and the PHY layer is operated by individual RAN nodes 711; or a“lower PHY” split wherein RRC, PDCP, RLC, MAC layers and upper portions of the PHY layer are operated by the CRAN/vBBUP and lower portions of the PHY layer are operated by individual RAN nodes 711. This virtualized framework allows the freed-up processor cores of the RAN nodes 711 to perform other virtualized applications. In some implementations, an individual RAN node 711 may represent individual gNB-DUs that are connected to a gNB-CU via individual FI interfaces (not shown by Figure 7). In these implementations, the gNB-DUs may include one or more remote radio heads or RFEMs (see, e.g., Figure 10), and the gNB-CU may be operated by a server that is located in the RAN 710 (not shown) or by a server pool in a similar manner as the CRAN/vBBUP. Additionally or alternatively, one or more of the RAN nodes 711 may be next generation eNBs (ng- eNBs), which are RAN nodes that provide E-UTRA user plane and control plane protocol terminations toward the UEs 701, and are connected to a 5GC (e.g., CN 920 of Figure 9) via an NG interface (discussed infra).

[0075] In V2X scenarios one or more of the RAN nodes 711 may be or act as RSUs. The term“Road Side Unit” or“RSU” may refer to any transportation infrastructure entity used for V2X communications. An RSU may be implemented in or by a suitable RAN node or a stationary (or relatively stationary) UE, where an RSU implemented in or by a UE may be referred to as a“UE-type RSU,” an RSU implemented in or by an eNB may be referred to as an“eNB-type RSU,” an RSU implemented in or by a gNB may be referred to as a“gNB-type RSU,” and the like. In one example, an RSU is a computing device coupled with radio frequency circuitry located on a roadside that provides connectivity support to passing vehicle UEs 701 (vUEs 701). The RSU may also include internal data storage circuitry to store intersection map geometry, traffic statistics, media, as well as applications/software to sense and control ongoing vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The RSU may operate on the 5.9 GHz Direct Short Range Communications (DSRC) band to provide very low latency communications required for high speed events, such as crash avoidance, traffic warnings, and the like. Additionally or alternatively, the RSU may operate on the cellular V2X band to provide the

aforementioned low latency communications, as well as other cellular communications services. Additionally or alternatively, the RSU may operate as a Wi-Fi hotspot (2.4 GHz band) and/or provide connectivity to one or more cellular networks to provide uplink and downlink communications. The computing device(s) and some or all of the

radiofrequency circuitry of the RSU may be packaged in a weatherproof enclosure suitable for outdoor installation, and may include a network interface controller to provide a wired connection (e.g., Ethernet) to a traffic signal controller and/or a backhaul network.

[0076] Any of the RAN nodes 711 can terminate the air interface protocol and can be the first point of contact for the UEs 701. In some embodiments, any of the RAN nodes 711 can fulfill various logical functions for the RAN 710 including, but not limited to, radio network controller (RNC) functions such as radio bearer management, uplink and downlink dynamic radio resource management and data packet scheduling, and mobility management.

[0077] In embodiments, the UEs 701 can be configured to communicate using OFDM communication signals with each other or with any of the RAN nodes 711 over a multicarrier communication channel in accordance with various communication techniques, such as, but not limited to, an OFDMA communication technique (e.g., for downlink communications) or a SC-FDMA communication technique (e.g., for uplink and ProSe or sidelink communications), although the scope of the embodiments is not limited in this respect. The OFDM signals can comprise a plurality of orthogonal subcarriers.

[0078] In some embodiments, a downlink resource grid can be used for downlink

transmissions from any of the RAN nodes 711 to the UEs 701, while uplink transmissions can utilize similar techniques. The grid can be a time-frequency grid, called a resource grid or time-frequency resource grid, which is the physical resource in the downlink in each slot. Such a time-frequency plane representation is a common practice for OFDM systems, which makes it intuitive for radio resource allocation. Each column and each row of the resource grid corresponds to one OFDM symbol and one OFDM subcarrier, respectively. The duration of the resource grid in the time domain corresponds to one slot in a radio frame. The smallest time-frequency unit in a resource grid is denoted as a resource element. Each resource grid comprises a number of resource blocks, which describe the mapping of certain physical channels to resource elements. Each resource block comprises a collection of resource elements; in the frequency domain, this may represent the smallest quantity of resources that currently can be allocated. There are several different physical downlink channels that are conveyed using such resource blocks.

[0079] According to various embodiments, the UEs 701, and the RAN nodes 711, 712 communicate data (for example, transmit and receive) data over a licensed medium (also referred to as the“licensed spectrum” and/or the“licensed band”) and an unlicensed shared medium (also referred to as the“unlicensed spectrum” and/or the“unlicensed band”). The licensed spectrum may include channels that operate in the frequency range of approximately 400 MHz to approximately 3.8 GHz, whereas the unlicensed spectrum may include the 5 GHz band.

[0080] To operate in the unlicensed spectrum, the UEs 701, and the RAN nodes 711, 712 may operate using LAA, eLAA, and/or feLAA mechanisms. In these implementations, the UEs 701, and the RAN nodes 711, 712 may perform one or more known medium sensing operations and/or carrier-sensing operations in order to determine whether one or more channels in the unlicensed spectrum is unavailable or otherwise occupied prior to transmitting in the unlicensed spectrum. The medium/carrier sensing operations may be performed according to a listen-before-talk (LBT) protocol.

[0081] LBT is a mechanism whereby equipment (for example, UEs 701, RAN nodes 711,

712, etc.) senses a medium (for example, a channel or carrier frequency) and transmits when the medium is sensed to be idle (or when a specific channel in the medium is sensed to be unoccupied). The medium sensing operation may include CCA, which utilizes at least ED to determine the presence or absence of other signals on a channel in order to determine if a channel is occupied or clear. This LBT mechanism allows cellular/LAA networks to coexist with incumbent systems in the unlicensed spectrum and with other LAA networks. ED may include sensing RF energy across an intended transmission band for a period of time and comparing the sensed RF energy to a predefined or configured threshold.

[0082] Typically, the incumbent systems in the 5 GHz band are WLANs based on IEEE

802.11 technologies. WLAN employs a contention-based channel access mechanism, called CSMA/CA. Here, when a WLAN node (e.g., a mobile station (MS) such as UE 701 or AP 706, or the like) intends to transmit, the WLAN node may first perform CCA before transmission. Additionally, a backoff mechanism is used to avoid collisions in situations where more than one WLAN node senses the channel as idle and transmits at the same time. The backoff mechanism may be a counter that is drawn randomly within the CWS, which is increased exponentially upon the occurrence of collision and reset to a minimum value when the transmission succeeds. The LBT mechanism designed for LAA is somewhat similar to the CSMA/CA of WLAN. In some implementations, the LBT procedure for DL or UL transmission bursts including PDSCH or PUSCH transmissions, respectively, may have an LAA contention window that is variable in length between X and Y ECCA slots, where X and Y are minimum and maximum values for the CWSs for LAA. In one example, the minimum CWS for an LAA transmission may be 9

microseconds (ps); however, the size of the CWS and a MCOT (for example, a transmission burst) may be based on governmental regulatory requirements.

[0083] The LAA mechanisms are built upon CA technologies of LTE- Advanced systems.

In CA, each aggregated carrier is referred to as a CC. A CC may have a bandwidth of 1.4, 3, 5, 10, 15 or 20 MHz and a maximum of five CCs can be aggregated, and therefore, a maximum aggregated bandwidth is 100 MHz. In FDD systems, the number of aggregated carriers can be different for DL and UL, where the number of UL CCs is equal to or lower than the number of DL component carriers. In some cases, individual CCs can have a different bandwidth than other CCs. In TDD systems, the number of CCs as well as the bandwidths of each CC is usually the same for DL and UL. [0084] CA also comprises individual serving cells to provide individual CCs. The coverage of the serving cells may differ, for example, because CCs on different frequency bands will experience different pathloss. A primary service cell or PCell may provide a PCC for both UL and DL, and may handle RRC and NAS related activities. The other serving cells are referred to as SCells, and each SCell may provide an individual SCC for both UL and DL. The SCCs may be added and removed as required, while changing the PCC may require the UE 701, to undergo a handover. In LAA, eLAA, and feLAA, some or all of the SCells may operate in the unlicensed spectrum (referred to as“LAA SCells”), and the LAA SCells are assisted by a PCell operating in the licensed spectrum. When a UE is configured with more than one LAA SCell, the UE may receive UL grants on the configured LAA SCells indicating different PUSCH starting positions within a same subframe.

[0085] The PDSCH carries user data and higher-layer signaling to the UEs 701. The

PDCCH carries information about the transport format and resource allocations related to the PDSCH channel, among other things. It may also inform the UEs 701 about the transport format, resource allocation, and HARQ information related to the uplink shared channel. Typically, downlink scheduling (assigning control and shared channel resource blocks to the UE 701b within a cell) may be performed at any of the RAN nodes 711 based on channel quality information fed back from any of the UEs 701. The downlink resource assignment information may be sent on the PDCCH used for (e.g., assigned to) each of the UEs 701.

[0086] The PDCCH uses CCEs to convey the control information. Before being mapped to resource elements, the PDCCH complex- valued symbols may first be organized into quadruplets, which may then be permuted using a sub-block interleaver for rate matching. Each PDCCH may be transmitted using one or more of these CCEs, where each CCE may correspond to nine sets of four physical resource elements known as REGs. Four Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK) symbols may be mapped to each REG. The PDCCH can be transmitted using one or more CCEs, depending on the size of the DCI and the channel condition. There can be four or more different PDCCH formats defined in LTE with different numbers of CCEs (e.g., aggregation level, L=l, 2, 4, or 8).

[0087] Some embodiments may use concepts for resource allocation for control channel information that are an extension of the above-described concepts. For example, some embodiments may utilize an EPDCCH that uses PDSCH resources for control information transmission. The EPDCCH may be transmitted using one or more ECCEs. Similar to above, each ECCE may correspond to nine sets of four physical resource elements known as an EREGs. An ECCE may have other numbers of EREGs in some situations.

[0088] The RAN nodes 711 may be configured to communicate with one another via interface 712. In embodiments where the system 700 is an LTE system (e.g., when CN 720 is an EPC 820 as in Figure 8), the interface 712 may be an X2 interface 712. The X2 interface may be defined between two or more RAN nodes 711 (e.g., two or more eNBs and the like) that connect to EPC 720, and/or between two eNBs connecting to EPC 720. In some implementations, the X2 interface may include an X2 user plane interface (X2- U) and an X2 control plane interface (X2-C). The X2-U may provide flow control mechanisms for user data packets transferred over the X2 interface, and may be used to communicate information about the delivery of user data between eNBs. For example, the X2-U may provide specific sequence number information for user data transferred from a MeNB to an SeNB; information about successful in sequence delivery of PDCP PDUs to a UE 701 from an SeNB for user data; information of PDCP PDUs that were not delivered to a UE 701; information about a current minimum desired buffer size at the SeNB for transmitting to the UE user data; and the like. The X2-C may provide intra-LTE access mobility functionality, including context transfers from source to target eNBs, user plane transport control, etc.; load management functionality; as well as inter-cell interference coordination functionality.

[0089] In embodiments where the system 700 is a 5G or NR system (e.g., when CN 720 is an 5GC 920 as in Figure 9), the interface 712 may be an Xn interface 712. The Xn interface is defined between two or more RAN nodes 711 (e.g., two or more gNBs and the like) that connect to 5GC 720, between a RAN node 711 (e.g., a gNB) connecting to 5GC 720 and an eNB, and/or between two eNBs connecting to 5GC 720. In some implementations, the Xn interface may include an Xn user plane (Xn-U) interface and an Xn control plane (Xn-C) interface. The Xn-U may provide non-guaranteed delivery of user plane PDUs and support/provide data forwarding and flow control functionality. The Xn-C may provide management and error handling functionality, functionality to manage the Xn-C interface; mobility support for UE 701 in a connected mode (e.g., CM- CONNECTED) including functionality to manage the UE mobility for connected mode between one or more RAN nodes 711. The mobility support may include context transfer from an old (source) serving RAN node 711 to new (target) serving RAN node 711; and control of user plane tunnels between old (source) serving RAN node 711 to new (target) serving RAN node 711. A protocol stack of the Xn-U may include a transport network layer built on Internet Protocol (IP) transport layer, and a GTP-U layer on top of a UDP and/or IP layer(s) to carry user plane PDUs. The Xn-C protocol stack may include an application layer signaling protocol (referred to as Xn Application Protocol (Xn-AP)) and a transport network layer that is built on SCTP. The SCTP may be on top of an IP layer, and may provide the guaranteed delivery of application layer messages. In the transport IP layer, point-to-point transmission is used to deliver the signaling PDUs. In other implementations, the Xn-U protocol stack and/or the Xn-C protocol stack may be same or similar to the user plane and/or control plane protocol stack(s) shown and described herein.

[0090] The RAN 710 is shown to be communicatively coupled to a core network— in this embodiment, core network (CN) 720. The CN 720 may comprise a plurality of network elements 722, which are configured to offer various data and telecommunications services to customers/subscribers (e.g., users of UEs 701) who are connected to the CN 720 via the RAN 710. The components of the CN 720 may be implemented in one physical node or separate physical nodes including components to read and execute instructions from a machine-readable or computer-readable medium (e.g., a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium). In some embodiments, NFV may be utilized to virtualize any or all of the above-described network node functions via executable instructions stored in one or more computer-readable storage mediums (described in further detail below). A logical instantiation of the CN 720 may be referred to as a network slice, and a logical instantiation of a portion of the CN 720 may be referred to as a network sub-slice. NFV architectures and infrastructures may be used to virtualize one or more network functions, alternatively performed by proprietary hardware, onto physical resources comprising a combination of industry-standard server hardware, storage hardware, or switches. In other words, NFV systems can be used to execute virtual or reconfigurable implementations of one or more EPC components/functions.

[0091] Generally, the application server 730 may be an element offering applications that use IP bearer resources with the core network (e.g., UMTS PS domain, LTE PS data services, etc.). The application server 730 can also be configured to support one or more communication services (e.g., VoIP sessions, PTT sessions, group communication sessions, social networking services, etc.) for the UEs 701 via the EPC 720.

[0092] In embodiments, the CN 720 may be a 5GC (referred to as“5GC 720” or the like), and the RAN 710 may be connected with the CN 720 via an NG interface 713. In embodiments, the NG interface 713 may be split into two parts, an NG user plane (NG-U) interface 714, which carries traffic data between the RAN nodes 711 and a UPF, and the SI control plane (NG-C) interface 715, which is a signaling interface between the RAN nodes 711 and AMFs. Embodiments where the CN 720 is a 5GC 720 are discussed in more detail with regard to Figure 9.

[0093] In embodiments, the CN 720 may be a 5G CN (referred to as“5GC 720” or the like), while in other embodiments, the CN 720 may be an EPC). Where CN 720 is an EPC (referred to as“EPC 720” or the like), the RAN 710 may be connected with the CN 720 via an SI interface 713. In embodiments, the SI interface 713 may be split into two parts, an SI user plane (Sl-U) interface 714, which carries traffic data between the RAN nodes 711 and the S-GW, and the Sl-MME interface 715, which is a signaling interface between the RAN nodes 711 and MMEs. An example architecture wherein the CN 720 is an EPC 720 is shown by Figure 8.

[0094] Figure 8 illustrates an example architecture of a system 800 including a first CN

820, in accordance with various embodiments. In this example, system 800 may implement the LTE standard wherein the CN 820 is an EPC 820 that corresponds with CN 720 of Figure 7. Additionally, the UE 801 may be the same or similar as the UEs 701 of Figure 7, and the E-UTRAN 810 may be a RAN that is the same or similar to the RAN 710 of Figure 7, and which may include RAN nodes 711 discussed previously. The CN 820 may comprise MMEs 821, an S-GW 822, a P-GW 823, a HSS 824, and a SGSN 825.

[0095] The MMEs 821 may be similar in function to the control plane of legacy SGSN, and may implement MM functions to keep track of the current location of a UE 801. The MMEs 821 may perform various MM procedures to manage mobility aspects in access such as gateway selection and tracking area list management. MM (also referred to as “EPS MM” or“EMM” in E-UTRAN systems) may refer to all applicable procedures, methods, data storage, etc. that are used to maintain knowledge about a present location of the UE 801, provide user identity confidentiality, and/or perform other like services to users/subscribers. Each UE 801 and the MME 821 may include an MM or EMM sublayer, and an MM context may be established in the UE 801 and the MME 821 when an attach procedure is successfully completed. The MM context may be a data structure or database object that stores MM-related information of the UE 801. The MMEs 821 may be coupled with the HSS 824 via an S6a reference point, coupled with the SGSN 825 via an S3 reference point, and coupled with the S-GW 822 via an SI 1 reference point.

[0096] The SGSN 825 may be a node that serves the UE 801 by tracking the location of an individual UE 801 and performing security functions. In addition, the SGSN 825 may perform Inter-EPC node signaling for mobility between 2G/3G and E-UTRAN 3 GPP access networks; PDN and S-GW selection as specified by the MMEs 821; handling of UE 801 time zone functions as specified by the MMEs 821; and MME selection for handovers to E-UTRAN 3 GPP access network. The S3 reference point between the MMEs 821 and the SGSN 825 may enable user and bearer information exchange for inter-3GPP access network mobility in idle and/or active states.

[0097] The HSS 824 may comprise a database for network users, including subscription- related information to support the network entities’ handling of communication sessions. The EPC 820 may comprise one or several HSSs 824, depending on the number of mobile subscribers, on the capacity of the equipment, on the organization of the network, etc. For example, the HSS 824 can provide support for routing/roaming, authentication, authorization, naming/addressing resolution, location dependencies, etc. An S6a reference point between the HSS 824 and the MMEs 821 may enable transfer of subscription and authentication data for authenticating/authorizing user access to the EPC 820 between HSS 824 and the MMEs 821.

[0098] The S-GW 822 may terminate the SI interface 713 (“Sl-U” in Figure 8) toward the RAN 810, and routes data packets between the RAN 810 and the EPC 820. In addition, the S-GW 822 may be a local mobility anchor point for inter-RAN node handovers and also may provide an anchor for inter-3GPP mobility. Other responsibilities may include lawful intercept, charging, and some policy enforcement. The Sl l reference point between the S-GW 822 and the MMEs 821 may provide a control plane between the MMEs 821 and the S-GW 822. The S-GW 822 may be coupled with the P-GW 823 via an S5 reference point.

[0099] The P-GW 823 may terminate an SGi interface toward a PDN 830. The P-GW 823 may route data packets between the EPC 820 and external networks such as a network including the application server 730 (alternatively referred to as an“AF”) via an IP interface 725 (see e.g., Figure 7). In embodiments, the P-GW 823 may be communicatively coupled to an application server (application server 730 of Figure 7 or PDN 830 in Figure 8) via an IP communications interface 725 (see, e.g., Figure 7). The S5 reference point between the P-GW 823 and the S-GW 822 may provide user plane tunneling and tunnel management between the P-GW 823 and the S-GW 822. The S5 reference point may also be used for S-GW 822 relocation due to UE 801 mobility and if the S-GW 822 needs to connect to a non-collocated P-GW 823 for the required PDN connectivity. The P-GW 823 may further include a node for policy enforcement and charging data collection (e.g., PCEF (not shown)). Additionally, the SGi reference point between the P-GW 823 and the packet data network (PDN) 830 may be an operator external public, a private PDN, or an intra operator packet data network, for example, for provision of IMS services. The P-GW 823 may be coupled with a PCRF 826 via a Gx reference point.

[0100] PCRF 826 is the policy and charging control element of the EPC 820. In a non roaming scenario, there may be a single PCRF 826 in the Home Public Land Mobile Network (HPLMN) associated with a UE 801’s Internet Protocol Connectivity Access Network (IP-CAN) session. In a roaming scenario with local breakout of traffic, there may be two PCRFs associated with a UE 801’s IP-CAN session, a Home PCRF (H- PCRF) within an HPLMN and a Visited PCRF (V-PCRF) within a Visited Public Land Mobile Network (VPLMN). The PCRF 826 may be communicatively coupled to the application server 830 via the P-GW 823. The application server 830 may signal the PCRF 826 to indicate a new service flow and select the appropriate QoS and charging parameters. The PCRF 826 may provision this rule into a PCEF (not shown) with the appropriate TFT and QCI, which commences the QoS and charging as specified by the application server 830. The Gx reference point between the PCRF 826 and the P-GW 823 may allow for the transfer of QoS policy and charging rules from the PCRF 826 to PCEF in the P-GW 823. An Rx reference point may reside between the PDN 830 (or“AF 830”) and the PCRF 826.

[0101] Figure 9 illustrates an architecture of a system 900 including a second CN 920 in accordance with various embodiments. The system 900 is shown to include a UE 901, which may be the same or similar to the UEs 701 and UE 801 discussed previously; a (R)AN 910, which may be the same or similar to the RAN 710 and RAN 810 discussed previously, and which may include RAN nodes 711 discussed previously; and a DN 903, which may be, for example, operator services, Internet access or 3rd party services; and a 5GC 920. The 5GC 920 may include an AUSF 922; an AMF 921; a SMF 924; a NEF 923; a PCF 926; a NRF 925; a UDM 927; an AF 928; a UPF 902; and a NSSF 929.

[0102] The UPF 902 may act as an anchor point for intra-RAT and inter-RAT mobility, an external PDU session point of interconnect to DN 903, and a branching point to support multi-homed PDU session. The UPF 902 may also perform packet routing and forwarding, perform packet inspection, enforce the user plane part of policy rules, lawfully intercept packets (UP collection), perform traffic usage reporting, perform QoS handling for a user plane (e.g., packet filtering, gating, UL/DL rate enforcement), perform Uplink Traffic verification (e.g., SDF to QoS flow mapping), transport level packet marking in the uplink and downlink, and perform downlink packet buffering and downlink data notification triggering. UPF 902 may include an uplink classifier to support routing traffic flows to a data network. The DN 903 may represent various network operator services, Internet access, or third party services. DN 903 may include, or be similar to, application server 730 discussed previously. The UPF 902 may interact with the SMF 924 via an N4 reference point between the SMF 924 and the UPF 902.

[0103] The AUSF 922 may store data for authentication of UE 901 and handle

authentication-related functionality. The AUSF 922 may facilitate a common

authentication framework for various access types. The AUSF 922 may communicate with the AMF 921 via an N12 reference point between the AMF 921 and the AUSF 922; and may communicate with the UDM 927 via an N13 reference point between the UDM 927 and the AUSF 922. Additionally, the AUSF 922 may exhibit an Nausf service-based interface.

[0104] The AMF 921 may be responsible for registration management (e.g., for

registering UE 901, etc.), connection management, reachability management, mobility management, and lawful interception of AMF-related events, and access authentication and authorization. The AMF 921 may be a termination point for the an N11 reference point between the AMF 921 and the SMF 924. The AMF 921 may provide transport for SM messages between the UE 901 and the SMF 924, and act as a transparent proxy for routing SM messages. AMF 921 may also provide transport for SMS messages between UE 901 and an SMSF (not shown by Figure 9). AMF 921 may act as SEAF, which may include interaction with the AUSF 922 and the UE 901, receipt of an intermediate key that was established as a result of the UE 901 authentication process. Where USIM based authenti cation is used, the AMF 921 may retrieve the security material from the AUSF 922. AMF 921 may also include a SCM function, which receives a key from the SEA that it uses to derive access-network specific keys. Furthermore, AMF 921 may be a termination point of a RAN CP interface, which may include or be an N2 reference point between the (R)AN 910 and the AMF 921; and the AMF 921 may be a termination point of NAS (Nl) signalling, and perform NAS ciphering and integrity protection.

[0105] AMF 921 may also support NAS signalling with a UE 901 over an N3 IWF

interface. The N3IWF may be used to provide access to untrusted entities. N3IWF may be a termination point for the N2 interface between the (R)AN 910 and the AMF 921 for the control plane, and may be a termination point for the N3 reference point between the (R)AN 910 and the UPF 902 for the user plane. As such, the AMF 921 may handle N2 signalling from the SMF 924 and the AMF 921 for PDU sessions and QoS,

encapsulate/de-encapsulate packets for IPSec and N3 tunnelling, mark N3 user-plane packets in the uplink, and enforce QoS corresponding to N3 packet marking taking into account QoS requirements associated with such marking received over N2. N3IWF may also relay uplink and downlink control-plane NAS signalling between the UE 901 and AMF 921 via an Nl reference point between the UE 901 and the AMF 921, and relay uplink and downlink user-plane packets between the UE 901 and UPF 902. The N3IWF also provides mechanisms for IPsec tunnel establishment with the UE 901. The AMF 921 may exhibit an Namf service-based interface, and may be a termination point for an N14 reference point between two AMFs 921 and an N17 reference point between the AMF 921 and a 5G-EIR (not shown by Figure 9).

[0106] The UE 901 may need to register with the AMF 921 in order to receive network services. RM is used to register or deregister the UE 901 with the network (e.g., AMF 921), and establish a UE context in the network (e.g., AMF 921). The UE 901 may operate in an RM-REGISTERED state or an RM-DEREGISTERED state. In the

RM-DEREGISTERED state, the UE 901 is not registered with the network, and the UE context in AMF 921 holds no valid location or routing information for the UE 901 so the UE 901 is not reachable by the AMF 921. In the RM-REGISTERED state, the UE 901 is registered with the network, and the UE context in AMF 921 may hold a valid location or routing information for the UE 901 so the UE 901 is reachable by the AMF 921. In the RM-REGISTERED state, the UE 901 may perform mobility Registration Update procedures, perform periodic Registration Update procedures triggered by expiration of the periodic update timer (e.g., to notify the network that the UE 901 is still active), and perform a Registration Update procedure to update UE capability information or to re negotiate protocol parameters with the network, among others.

[0107] The AMF 921 may store one or more RM contexts for the UE 901, where each

RM context is associated with a specific access to the network. The RM context may be a data structure, database object, etc. that indicates or stores, inter alia, a registration state per access type and the periodic update timer. The AMF 921 may also store a 5GC MM context that may be the same or similar to the (E)MM context discussed previously. In various embodiments, the AMF 921 may store a CE mode B Restriction parameter of the UE 901 in an associated MM context or RM context. The AMF 921 may also derive the value, when needed, from the UE’ s usage setting parameter already stored in the UE context (and/or MM/RM context).

[0108] CM may be used to establish and release a signaling connection between the UE

901 and the AMF 921 over the N1 interface. The signaling connection is used to enable NAS signaling exchange between the UE 901 and the CN 920, and comprises both the signaling connection between the UE and the AN (e.g., RRC connection or UE-N3IWF connection for non-3GPP access) and the N2 connection for the UE 901 between the AN (e.g., RAN 910) and the AMF 921. The UE 901 may operate in one of two CM states, CM-IDLE mode or CM-CONNECTED mode. When the UE 901 is operating in the CM- IDLE state/mode, the UE 901 may have no NAS signaling connection established with the AMF 921 over the N1 interface, and there may be (R)AN 910 signaling connection (e.g., N2 and/or N3 connections) for the UE 901. When the UE 901 is operating in the CM-CONNECTED state/mode, the UE 901 may have an established NAS signaling connection with the AMF 921 over the N1 interface, and there may be a (R)AN 910 signaling connection (e.g., N2 and/or N3 connections) for the UE 901. Establishment of an N2 connection between the (R)AN 910 and the AMF 921 may cause the UE 901 to transition from CM-IDLE mode to CM-CONNECTED mode, and the UE 901 may transition from the CM-CONNECTED mode to the CM-IDLE mode when N2 signaling between the (R)AN 910 and the AMF 921 is released.

[0109] The SMF 924 may be responsible for SM (e.g., session establishment, modify and release, including tunnel maintain between UPF and AN node); UE IP address allocation and management (including optional authorization); selection and control of UP function; configuring traffic steering at UPF to route traffic to proper destination; termination of interfaces toward policy control functions; controlling part of policy enforcement and QoS; lawful intercept (for SM events and interface to LI system); termination of SM parts of NAS messages; downlink data notification; initiating AN specific SM information, sent via AMF over N2 to AN; and determining SSC mode of a session. SM may refer to management of a PDU session, and a PDU session or“session” may refer to a PDU connectivity service that provides or enables the exchange of PDUs between a UE 901 and a data network (DN) 903 identified by a Data Network Name (DNN). PDU sessions may be established upon UE 901 request, modified upon UE 901 and 5GC 920 request, and released upon UE 901 and 5GC 920 request using NAS SM signaling exchanged over the N1 reference point between the UE 901 and the SMF 924. Upon request from an application server, the 5GC 920 may trigger a specific application in the UE 901. In response to receipt of the trigger message, the UE 901 may pass the trigger message (or relevant parts/information of the trigger message) to one or more identified applications in the UE 901. The identified application(s) in the UE 901 may establish a PDU session to a specific DNN. The SMF 924 may check whether the UE 901 requests are compliant with user subscription information associated with the UE 901. In this regard, the SMF 924 may retrieve and/or request to receive update notifications on SMF 924 level subscription data from the UDM 927.

[0110] The SMF 924 may include the following roaming functionality: handling local enforcement to apply QoS SLAs (VPLMN); charging data collection and charging interface (VPLMN); lawful intercept (in VPLMN for SM events and interface to LI system); and support for interaction with external DN for transport of signalling for PDU session authorization/authentication by external DN. An N16 reference point between two SMFs 924 may be included in the system 900, which may be between another SMF 924 in a visited network and the SMF 924 in the home network in roaming scenarios.

Additionally, the SMF 924 may exhibit the Nsmf service-based interface.

[0111] The NEF 923 may provide means for securely exposing the services and

capabilities provided by 3 GPP network functions for third party, internal exposure/re exposure, Application Functions (e.g., AF 928), edge computing or fog computing systems, etc. In such embodiments, the NEF 923 may authenticate, authorize, and/or throttle the AFs. NEF 923 may also translate information exchanged with the AF 928 and information exchanged with internal network functions. For example, the NEF 923 may translate between an AF-Service-Identifier and an internal 5GC information. NEF 923 may also receive information from other network functions (NFs) based on exposed capabilities of other network functions. This information may be stored at the NEF 923 as structured data, or at a data storage NF using standardized interfaces. The stored information can then be re-exposed by the NEF 923 to other NFs and AFs, and/or used for other purposes such as analytics. Additionally, the NEF 923 may exhibit an Nnef service-based interface.

[0112] The NRF 925 may support service discovery functions, receive NF discovery requests from NF instances, and provide the information of the discovered NF instances to the NF instances. NRF 925 also maintains information of available NF instances and their supported services. As used herein, the terms“instantiate,”“instantiation,” and the like may refer to the creation of an instance, and an“instance” may refer to a concrete occurrence of an object, which may occur, for example, during execution of program code. Additionally, the NRF 925 may exhibit the Nnrf service-based interface.

[0113] The PCF 926 may provide policy rules to control plane function(s) to enforce them, and may also support unified policy framework to govern network behaviour. The PCF 926 may also implement an FE to access subscription information relevant for policy decisions in a UDR of the UDM 927. The PCF 926 may communicate with the AMF 921 via an N15 reference point between the PCF 926 and the AMF 921, which may include a PCF 926 in a visited network and the AMF 921 in case of roaming scenarios. The PCF

926 may communicate with the AF 928 via an N5 reference point between the PCF 926 and the AF 928; and with the SMF 924 via an N7 reference point between the PCF 926 and the SMF 924. The system 900 and/or CN 920 may also include an N24 reference point between the PCF 926 (in the home network) and a PCF 926 in a visited network. Additionally, the PCF 926 may exhibit an Npcf service-based interface.

[0114] The ETDM 927 may handle subscription-related information to support the

network entities’ handling of communication sessions, and may store subscription data of UE 901. For example, subscription data may be communicated between the UDM 927 and the AMF 921 via an N8 reference point between the UDM 927 and the AMF. The UDM 927 may include two parts, an application FE and a UDR (the FE and UDR are not shown by Figure 9). The UDR may store subscription data and policy data for the UDM

927 and the PCF 926, and/or structured data for exposure and application data (including PFDs for application detection, application request information for multiple UEs 901) for the NEF 923. The Nudr service-based interface may be exhibited by the UDR 221 to allow the UDM 927, PCF 926, and NEF 923 to access a particular set of the stored data, as well as to read, update (e.g., add, modify), delete, and subscribe to notification of relevant data changes in the UDR. The UDM may include a UDM-FE, which is in charge of processing credentials, location management, subscription management and so on. Several different front ends may serve the same user in different transactions. The UDM- FE accesses subscription information stored in the UDR and performs authentication credential processing, user identification handling, access authorization,

registration/mobility management, and subscription management. The UDR may interact with the SMF 924 via an N10 reference point between the UDM 927 and the SMF 924. UDM 927 may also support SMS management, wherein an SMS-FE implements the similar application logic as discussed previously. Additionally, the UDM 927 may exhibit the Nudm service-based interface.

[0115] The AF 928 may provide application influence on traffic routing, provide access to the NCE, and interact with the policy framework for policy control. The NCE may be a mechanism that allows the 5GC 920 and AF 928 to provide information to each other via NEF 923, which may be used for edge computing implementations. In such

implementations, the network operator and third party services may be hosted close to the UE 901 access point of attachment to achieve an efficient service delivery through the reduced end-to-end latency and load on the transport network. For edge computing implementations, the 5GC may select a UPF 902 close to the UE 901 and execute traffic steering from the UPF 902 to DN 903 via the N6 interface. This may be based on the UE subscription data, UE location, and information provided by the AF 928. In this way, the AF 928 may influence UPF (re)selection and traffic routing. Based on operator deployment, when AF 928 is considered to be a trusted entity, the network operator may permit AF 928 to interact directly with relevant NFs. Additionally, the AF 928 may exhibit an Naf service-based interface.

[0116] The NSSF 929 may select a set of network slice instances serving the UE 901.

The NSSF 929 may also determine allowed NSSAI and the mapping to the subscribed S- NSSAIs, if needed. The NSSF 929 may also determine the AMF set to be used to serve the UE 901, or a list of candidate AMF(s) 921 based on a suitable configuration and possibly by querying the NRF 925. The selection of a set of network slice instances for the UE 901 may be triggered by the AMF 921 with which the UE 901 is registered by interacting with the NSSF 929, which may lead to a change of AMF 921. The NSSF 929 may interact with the AMF 921 via an N22 reference point between AMF 921 and NSSF 929; and may communicate with another NSSF 929 in a visited network via an N31 reference point (not shown by Figure 9). Additionally, the NSSF 929 may exhibit an Nnssf service-based interface.

[0117] As discussed previously, the CN 920 may include an SMSF, which may be

responsible for SMS subscription checking and verification, and relaying SM messages to/from the UE 901 to/from other entities, such as an SMS-GMSC/IWMSC/SMS-router. The SMS may also interact with AMF 921 and UDM 927 for a notification procedure that the UE 901 is available for SMS transfer (e.g., set a UE not reachable flag, and notifying UDM 927 when UE 901 is available for SMS).

[0118] The CN 120 may also include other elements that are not shown by Figure 9, such as a Data Storage system/architecture, a 5G-EIR, a SEPP, and the like. The Data Storage system may include a SDSF, an UDSF, and/or the like. Any NF may store and retrieve unstructured data into/from the UDSF (e.g., UE contexts), via N18 reference point between any NF and the UDSF (not shown by Figure 9). Individual NFs may share a UDSF for storing their respective unstructured data or individual NFs may each have their own UDSF located at or near the individual NFs. Additionally, the UDSF may exhibit an Nudsf service-based interface (not shown by Figure 9). The 5G-EIR may be an NF that checks the status of PEI for determining whether particular equipment/entities are blacklisted from the network; and the SEPP may be a non-transparent proxy that performs topology hiding, message filtering, and policing on inter-PLMN control plane interfaces.

[0119] Additionally, there may be many more reference points and/or service-based

interfaces between the NF services in the NFs; however, these interfaces and reference points have been omitted from Figure 9 for clarity. In one example, the CN 920 may include an Nx interface, which is an inter-CN interface between the MME (e.g., MME 821) and the AMF 921 in order to enable interworking between CN 920 and CN 820. Other example interfaces/reference points may include an N5g-EIR service-based interface exhibited by a 5G-EIR, an N27 reference point between the NRF in the visited network and the NRF in the home network; and an N31 reference point between the NSSF in the visited network and the NSSF in the home network.

[0120] Figure 10 illustrates an example of infrastructure equipment 1000 in accordance with various embodiments. The infrastructure equipment 1000 (or“system 1000”) may be implemented as a base station, radio head, RAN node such as the RAN nodes 711 and/or AP 706 shown and described previously, application server(s) 730, and/or any other element/device discussed herein. In other examples, the system 1000 could be

implemented in or by a UE.

[0121] The system 1000 includes application circuitry 1005, baseband circuitry 1010, one or more radio front end modules (RFEMs) 1015, memory circuitry 1020, power management integrated circuitry (PMIC) 1025, power tee circuitry 1030, network controller circuitry 1035, network interface connector 1040, satellite positioning circuitry 1045, and user interface 1050. In some embodiments, the device 1000 may include additional elements such as, for example, memory/storage, display, camera, sensor, or input/output (EO) interface. In other embodiments, the components described below may be included in more than one device. For example, said circuitries may be separately included in more than one device for CRAN, vBBU, or other like implementations.

[0122] Application circuitry 1005 includes circuitry such as, but not limited to one or more processors (or processor cores), cache memory, and one or more of low drop-out voltage regulators (LDOs), interrupt controllers, serial interfaces such as SPI, I 2 C or universal programmable serial interface module, real time clock (RTC), timer-counters including interval and watchdog timers, general purpose input/output (I/O or IO), memory card controllers such as Secure Digital (SD) MultiMediaCard (MMC) or similar, Universal Serial Bus (USB) interfaces, Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) interfaces and Joint Test Access Group (JTAG) test access ports. The processors (or cores) of the application circuitry 1005 may be coupled with or may include

memory/storage elements and may be configured to execute instructions stored in the memory/storage to enable various applications or operating systems to run on the system 1000. In some implementations, the memory/storage elements may be on-chip memory circuitry, which may include any suitable volatile and/or non-volatile memory, such as DRAM, SRAM, EPROM, EEPROM, Flash memory, solid-state memory, and/or any other type of memory device technology, such as those discussed herein.

[0123] The processor(s) of application circuitry 1005 may include, for example, one or more processor cores (CPUs), one or more application processors, one or more graphics processing units (GPUs), one or more reduced instruction set computing (RISC) processors, one or more Acorn RISC Machine (ARM) processors, one or more complex instruction set computing (CISC) processors, one or more digital signal processors (DSP), one or more FPGAs, one or more PLDs, one or more ASICs, one or more microprocessors or controllers, or any suitable combination thereof. In some embodiments, the application circuitry 1005 may comprise, or may be, a special-purpose processor/controller to operate according to the various embodiments herein. As examples, the processor(s) of application circuitry 1005 may include one or more Intel Pentium®, Core®, or Xeon® processor(s); Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Ryzen® processor(s), Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), or Epyc® processors; ARM-based processor(s) licensed from ARM Holdings, Ltd. such as the ARM Cortex-A family of processors and the ThunderX2® provided by Cavium(TM), Inc.; a MIPS-based design from MIPS Technologies, Inc. such as MIPS Warrior P-class processors; and/or the like. In some embodiments, the system 1000 may not utilize application circuitry 1005, and instead may include a special-purpose processor/controller to process IP data received from an EPC or 5GC, for example.

[0124] In some implementations, the application circuitry 1005 may include one or more hardware accelerators, which may be microprocessors, programmable processing devices, or the like. The one or more hardware accelerators may include, for example, computer vision (CV) and/or deep learning (DL) accelerators. As examples, the programmable processing devices may be one or more a field-programmable devices (FPDs) such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and the like; programmable logic devices (PLDs) such as complex PLDs (CPLDs), high-capacity PLDs (HCPLDs), and the like; ASICs such as structured ASICs and the like; programmable SoCs (PSoCs); and the like. In such implementations, the circuitry of application circuitry 1005 may comprise logic blocks or logic fabric, and other interconnected resources that may be programmed to perform various functions, such as the procedures, methods, functions, etc. of the various embodiments discussed herein. In such embodiments, the circuitry of application circuitry 1005 may include memory cells (e.g., erasable programmable read-only memory

(EPROM), electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM), flash memory, static memory (e.g., static random access memory (SRAM), anti-fuses, etc.)) used to store logic blocks, logic fabric, data, etc. in look-up-tables (LUTs) and the like.

[0125] The baseband circuitry 1010 may be implemented, for example, as a solder-down substrate including one or more integrated circuits, a single packaged integrated circuit soldered to a main circuit board or a multi-chip module containing two or more integrated circuits. The various hardware electronic elements of baseband circuitry 1010 are discussed infra with regard to Figure 12. [0126] User interface circuitry 1050 may include one or more user interfaces designed to enable user interaction with the system 1000 or peripheral component interfaces designed to enable peripheral component interaction with the system 1000. User interfaces may include, but are not limited to, one or more physical or virtual buttons (e.g., a reset button), one or more indicators (e.g., light emitting diodes (LEDs)), a physical keyboard or keypad, a mouse, a touchpad, a touchscreen, speakers or other audio emitting devices, microphones, a printer, a scanner, a headset, a display screen or display device, etc.

Peripheral component interfaces may include, but are not limited to, a nonvolatile memory port, a universal serial bus (USB) port, an audio jack, a power supply interface, etc.

[0127] The radio front end modules (RFEMs) 1015 may comprise a millimeter wave

(mmWave) RFEM and one or more sub-mmWave radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs). In some implementations, the one or more sub-mmWave RFICs may be physically separated from the mmWave RFEM. The RFICs may include connections to one or more antennas or antenna arrays (see e.g., antenna array 1211 of Figure 12 infra), and the RFEM may be connected to multiple antennas. In alternative implementations, both mmWave and sub-mmWave radio functions may be implemented in the same physical RFEM 1015, which incorporates both mmWave antennas and sub-mmWave.

[0128] The memory circuitry 1020 may include one or more of volatile memory

including dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and/or synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM), and nonvolatile memory (NVM) including high-speed electrically erasable memory (commonly referred to as Flash memory), phase change random access memory (PRAM), magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM), etc., and may incorporate the three-dimensional (3D) cross-point (XPOINT) memories from Intel® and Micron®. Memory circuitry 1020 may be implemented as one or more of solder down packaged integrated circuits, socketed memory modules and plug-in memory cards.

[0129] The PMIC 1025 may include voltage regulators, surge protectors, power alarm detection circuitry, and one or more backup power sources such as a battery or capacitor. The power alarm detection circuitry may detect one or more of brown out (under-voltage) and surge (over-voltage) conditions. The power tee circuitry 1030 may provide for electrical power drawn from a network cable to provide both power supply and data connectivity to the infrastructure equipment 1000 using a single cable. [0130] The network controller circuitry 1035 may provide connectivity to a network using a standard network interface protocol such as Ethernet, Ethernet over GRE Tunnels, Ethernet over Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), or some other suitable protocol. Network connectivity may be provided to/from the infrastructure equipment 1000 via network interface connector 1040 using a physical connection, which may be electrical (commonly referred to as a“copper interconnect”), optical, or wireless. The network controller circuitry 1035 may include one or more dedicated processors and/or FPGAs to communicate using one or more of the aforementioned protocols. In some

implementations, the network controller circuitry 1035 may include multiple controllers to provide connectivity to other networks using the same or different protocols.

[0131] The positioning circuitry 1045 includes circuitry to receive and decode signals transmitted/broadcasted by a positioning network of a global navigation satellite system (GNSS). Examples of navigation satellite constellations (or GNSS) include United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS), Russia’s Global Navigation System (GLONASS), the European Union’s Galileo system, China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, a regional navigation system or GNSS augmentation system (e.g., Navigation with Indian Constellation (NAVIC), Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), France’s Doppler Orbitography and Radio-positioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS), etc.), or the like. The positioning circuitry 1045 comprises various hardware elements (e.g., including hardware devices such as switches, filters, amplifiers, antenna elements, and the like to facilitate OTA communications) to communicate with components of a positioning network, such as navigation satellite constellation nodes. In some embodiments, the positioning circuitry 1045 may include a Micro-Technology for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (Micro-PNT) IC that uses a master timing clock to perform position tracking/estimation without GNSS assistance. The positioning circuitry 1045 may also be part of, or interact with, the baseband circuitry 1010 and/or RFEMs 1015 to communicate with the nodes and components of the positioning network. The positioning circuitry 1045 may also provide position data and/or time data to the application circuitry 1005, which may use the data to synchronize operations with various infrastructure (e.g., RAN nodes 711, etc.), or the like.

[0132] The components shown by Figure 10 may communicate with one another using interface circuitry, which may include any number of bus and/or interconnect (IX) technologies such as industry standard architecture (ISA), extended ISA (EISA), peripheral component interconnect (PCI), peripheral component interconnect extended (PCIx), PCI express (PCIe), or any number of other technologies. The bus/IX may be a proprietary bus, for example, used in a SoC based system. Other bus/IX systems may be included, such as an I 2 C interface, an SPI interface, point to point interfaces, and a power bus, among others.

[0133] Figure 11 illustrates an example of a platform 1100 (or“device 1100”) in

accordance with various embodiments. In embodiments, the computer platform 1100 may be suitable for use as UEs 701, 801, application servers 730, and/or any other

element/device discussed herein. The platform 1100 may include any combinations of the components shown in the example. The components of platform 1100 may be

implemented as integrated circuits (ICs), portions thereof, discrete electronic devices, or other modules, logic, hardware, software, firmware, or a combination thereof adapted in the computer platform 1100, or as components otherwise incorporated within a chassis of a larger system. The block diagram of Figure 11 is intended to show a high level view of components of the computer platform 1100. However, some of the components shown may be omitted, additional components may be present, and different arrangement of the components shown may occur in other implementations.

[0134] Application circuitry 1105 includes circuitry such as, but not limited to one or more processors (or processor cores), cache memory, and one or more of LDOs, interrupt controllers, serial interfaces such as SPI, I 2 C or universal programmable serial interface module, RTC, timer-counters including interval and watchdog timers, general purpose I/O, memory card controllers such as SD MMC or similar, USB interfaces, MIPI interfaces, and JTAG test access ports. The processors (or cores) of the application circuitry 1105 may be coupled with or may include memory/storage elements and may be configured to execute instructions stored in the memory/storage to enable various applications or operating systems to run on the system 1100. In some implementations, the memory/storage elements may be on-chip memory circuitry, which may include any suitable volatile and/or non-volatile memory, such as DRAM, SRAM, EPROM,

EEPROM, Flash memory, solid-state memory, and/or any other type of memory device technology, such as those discussed herein.

[0135] The processor(s) of application circuitry 1005 may include, for example, one or more processor cores, one or more application processors, one or more GPUs, one or more RISC processors, one or more ARM processors, one or more CISC processors, one or more DSP, one or more FPGAs, one or more PLDs, one or more ASICs, one or more microprocessors or controllers, a multithreaded processor, an ultra-low voltage processor, an embedded processor, some other known processing element, or any suitable combination thereof. In some embodiments, the application circuitry 1005 may comprise, or may be, a special-purpose processor/controller to operate according to the various embodiments herein.

[0136] As examples, the processor(s) of application circuitry 1105 may include an Intel®

Architecture Core™ based processor, such as a Quark™, an Atom™, an i3, an i5, an i7, or an MCU-class processor, or another such processor available from Intel® Corporation, Santa Clara, CA. The processors of the application circuitry 1105 may also be one or more of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Ryzen® processor(s) or Accelerated

Processing Units (APUs); A5-A9 processor(s) from Apple® Inc., Snapdragon™ processor(s) from Qualcomm® Technologies, Inc., Texas Instruments, Inc.® Open Multimedia Applications Platform (OMAP)™ processor(s); a MIPS-based design from MIPS Technologies, Inc. such as MIPS Warrior M-class, Warrior I-class, and Warrior P- class processors; an ARM-based design licensed from ARM Holdings, Ltd., such as the ARM Cortex-A, Cortex-R, and Cortex-M family of processors; or the like. In some implementations, the application circuitry 1105 may be a part of a system on a chip (SoC) in which the application circuitry 1105 and other components are formed into a single integrated circuit, or a single package, such as the Edison™ or Galileo™ SoC boards from Intel® Corporation.

[0137] Additionally or alternatively, application circuitry 1105 may include circuitry such as, but not limited to, one or more a field-programmable devices (FPDs) such as FPGAs and the like; programmable logic devices (PLDs) such as complex PLDs (CPLDs), high- capacity PLDs (HCPLDs), and the like; ASICs such as structured ASICs and the like; programmable SoCs (PSoCs); and the like. In such embodiments, the circuitry of application circuitry 1105 may comprise logic blocks or logic fabric, and other interconnected resources that may be programmed to perform various functions, such as the procedures, methods, functions, etc. of the various embodiments discussed herein. In such embodiments, the circuitry of application circuitry 1105 may include memory cells (e.g., erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM), electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM), flash memory, static memory (e.g., static random access memory (SRAM), anti-fuses, etc.)) used to store logic blocks, logic fabric, data, etc. in look-up tables (LUTs) and the like.

[0138] The baseband circuitry 1110 may be implemented, for example, as a solder-down substrate including one or more integrated circuits, a single packaged integrated circuit soldered to a main circuit board or a multi-chip module containing two or more integrated circuits. The various hardware electronic elements of baseband circuitry 1110 are discussed infra with regard to Figure 12.

[0139] The RFEMs 1115 may comprise a millimeter wave (mmWave) RFEM and one or more sub-mmWave radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs). In some

implementations, the one or more sub-mmWave RFICs may be physically separated from the mmWave RFEM. The RFICs may include connections to one or more antennas or antenna arrays (see e.g., antenna array 1211 of Figure 12 infra), and the RFEM may be connected to multiple antennas. In alternative implementations, both mmWave and sub- mmWave radio functions may be implemented in the same physical RFEM 1115, which incorporates both mmWave antennas and sub-mmWave.

[0140] The memory circuitry 1120 may include any number and type of memory devices used to provide for a given amount of system memory. As examples, the memory circuitry 1120 may include one or more of volatile memory including random access memory (RAM), dynamic RAM (DRAM) and/or synchronous dynamic RAM (SDRAM), and nonvolatile memory (NVM) including high-speed electrically erasable memory (commonly referred to as Flash memory), phase change random access memory (PRAM), magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM), etc. The memory circuitry 1120 may be developed in accordance with a Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC) low power double data rate (LPDDR)-based design, such as LPDDR2, LPDDR3, LPDDR4, or the like. Memory circuitry 1120 may be implemented as one or more of solder down packaged integrated circuits, single die package (SDP), dual die package (DDP) or quad die package (Q17P), socketed memory modules, dual inline memory modules (DIMMs) including microDIMMs or MiniDIMMs, and/or soldered onto a motherboard via a ball grid array (BGA). In low power implementations, the memory circuitry 1120 may be on-die memory or registers associated with the application circuitry 1105. To provide for persistent storage of information such as data, applications, operating systems and so forth, memory circuitry 1120 may include one or more mass storage devices, which may include, inter alia, a solid state disk drive (SSDD), hard disk drive (HDD), a micro HDD, resistance change memories, phase change memories, holographic memories, or chemical memories, among others. For example, the computer platform 1100 may incorporate the three-dimensional (3D) cross-point (XPOINT) memories from Intel® and Micron®.

[0141] Removable memory circuitry 1123 may include devices, circuitry,

enclosures/housings, ports or receptacles, etc. used to couple portable data storage devices with the platform 1100. These portable data storage devices may be used for mass storage purposes, and may include, for example, flash memory cards (e.g., Secure Digital (SD) cards, microSD cards, xD picture cards, and the like), and USB flash drives, optical discs, external HDDs, and the like.

[0142] The platform 1100 may also include interface circuitry (not shown) that is used to connect external devices with the platform 1100. The external devices connected to the platform 1100 via the interface circuitry include sensor circuitry 1121 and electro mechanical components (EMCs) 1122, as well as removable memory devices coupled to removable memory circuitry 1123.

[0143] The sensor circuitry 1121 include devices, modules, or subsystems whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment and send the information (sensor data) about the detected events to some other a device, module, subsystem, etc. Examples of such sensors include, inter alia, inertia measurement units (IMUs) comprising

accelerometers, gyroscopes, and/or magnetometers; microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) or nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) comprising 3-axis accelerometers, 3-axis gyroscopes, and/or magnetometers; level sensors; flow sensors; temperature sensors (e.g., thermistors); pressure sensors; barometric pressure sensors; gravimeters; altimeters; image capture devices (e.g., cameras or lensless apertures); light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors; proximity sensors (e.g., infrared radiation detector and the like), depth sensors, ambient light sensors, ultrasonic transceivers; microphones or other like audio capture devices; etc.

[0144] EMCs 1122 include devices, modules, or subsystems whose purpose is to enable platform 1100 to change its state, position, and/or orientation, or move or control a mechanism or (sub)system. Additionally, EMCs 1122 may be configured to generate and send messages/signalling to other components of the platform 1100 to indicate a current state of the EMCs 1122. Examples of the EMCs 1122 include one or more power switches, relays including electromechanical relays (EMRs) and/or solid state relays (SSRs), actuators (e.g., valve actuators, etc.), an audible sound generator, a visual warning device, motors (e.g., DC motors, stepper motors, etc.), wheels, thrusters, propellers, claws, clamps, hooks, and/or other like electro-mechanical components. In embodiments, platform 1100 is configured to operate one or more EMCs 1122 based on one or more captured events and/or instructions or control signals received from a service provider and/or various clients.

[0145] In some implementations, the interface circuitry may connect the platform 1100 with positioning circuitry 1145. The positioning circuitry 1145 includes circuitry to receive and decode signals transmitted/broadcasted by a positioning network of a GNSS. Examples of navigation satellite constellations (or GNSS) include United States’ GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, the European Union’s Galileo system, China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, a regional navigation system or GNSS augmentation system (e.g., NAVIC), Japan’s QZSS, France’s DORIS, etc.), or the like. The positioning circuitry 1145 comprises various hardware elements (e.g., including hardware devices such as switches, filters, amplifiers, antenna elements, and the like to facilitate OTA

communications) to communicate with components of a positioning network, such as navigation satellite constellation nodes. In some embodiments, the positioning circuitry 1145 may include a Micro-PNT IC that uses a master timing clock to perform position tracking/estimation without GNSS assistance. The positioning circuitry 1145 may also be part of, or interact with, the baseband circuitry 1010 and/or RFEMs 1115 to communicate with the nodes and components of the positioning network. The positioning circuitry 1145 may also provide position data and/or time data to the application circuitry 1105, which may use the data to synchronize operations with various infrastructure (e.g., radio base stations), for tum-by-tum navigation applications, or the like

[0146] In some implementations, the interface circuitry may connect the platform 1100 with Near-Field Communication (NFC) circuitry 1140. NFC circuitry 1140 is configured to provide contactless, short-range communications based on radio frequency

identification (RFID) standards, wherein magnetic field induction is used to enable communication between NFC circuitry 1140 and NFC-enabled devices external to the platform 1100 (e.g., an“NFC touchpoint”). NFC circuitry 1140 comprises an NFC controller coupled with an antenna element and a processor coupled with the NFC controller. The NFC controller may be a chip/IC providing NFC functionalities to the NFC circuitry 1140 by executing NFC controller firmware and an NFC stack. The NFC stack may be executed by the processor to control the NFC controller, and the NFC controller firmware may be executed by the NFC controller to control the antenna element to emit short-range RF signals. The RF signals may power a passive NFC tag (e.g., a microchip embedded in a sticker or wristband) to transmit stored data to the NFC circuitry 1140, or initiate data transfer between the NFC circuitry 1140 and another active NFC device (e.g., a smartphone or an NFC-enabled POS terminal) that is proximate to the platform 1100.

[0147] The driver circuitry 1146 may include software and hardware elements that

operate to control particular devices that are embedded in the platform 1100, attached to the platform 1100, or otherwise communicatively coupled with the platform 1100. The driver circuitry 1146 may include individual drivers allowing other components of the platform 1100 to interact with or control various input/output (I/O) devices that may be present within, or connected to, the platform 1100. For example, driver circuitry 1146 may include a display driver to control and allow access to a display device, a

touchscreen driver to control and allow access to a touchscreen interface of the platform 1100, sensor drivers to obtain sensor readings of sensor circuitry 1121 and control and allow access to sensor circuitry 1121, EMC drivers to obtain actuator positions of the EMCs 1122 and/or control and allow access to the EMCs 1122, a camera driver to control and allow access to an embedded image capture device, audio drivers to control and allow access to one or more audio devices.

[0148] The power management integrated circuitry (PMIC) 1125 (also referred to as

“power management circuitry 1125”) may manage power provided to various

components of the platform 1100. In particular, with respect to the baseband circuitry 1110, the PMIC 1125 may control power-source selection, voltage scaling, battery charging, or DC-to-DC conversion. The PMIC 1125 may often be included when the platform 1100 is capable of being powered by a battery 1130, for example, when the device is included in a UE 701, 801.

[0149] In some embodiments, the PMIC 1125 may control, or otherwise be part of,

various power saving mechanisms of the platform 1100. For example, if the platform 1100 is in an RRC Connected state, where it is still connected to the RAN node as it expects to receive traffic shortly, then it may enter a state known as Discontinuous Reception Mode (DRX) after a period of inactivity. During this state, the platform 1100 may power down for brief intervals of time and thus save power. If there is no data traffic activity for an extended period of time, then the platform 1100 may transition off to an RRC Idle state, where it disconnects from the network and does not perform operations such as channel quality feedback, handover, etc. The platform 1100 goes into a very low power state and it performs paging where again it periodically wakes up to listen to the network and then powers down again. The platform 1100 may not receive data in this state; in order to receive data, it must transition back to RRC Connected state. An additional power saving mode may allow a device to be unavailable to the network for periods longer than a paging interval (ranging from seconds to a few hours). During this time, the device is totally unreachable to the network and may power down completely. Any data sent during this time incurs a large delay and it is assumed the delay is acceptable.

[0150] A battery 1130 may power the platform 1100, although in some examples the platform 1100 may be mounted deployed in a fixed location, and may have a power supply coupled to an electrical grid. The battery 1130 may be a lithium ion battery, a metal-air battery, such as a zinc-air battery, an aluminum-air battery, a lithium-air battery, and the like. In some implementations, such as in V2X applications, the battery 1130 may be a typical lead-acid automotive battery.

[0151] In some implementations, the battery 1130 may be a“smart battery,” which

includes or is coupled with a Battery Management System (BMS) or battery monitoring integrated circuitry. The BMS may be included in the platform 1100 to track the state of charge (SoCh) of the battery 1130. The BMS may be used to monitor other parameters of the battery 1130 to provide failure predictions, such as the state of health (SoH) and the state of function (SoF) of the battery 1130. The BMS may communicate the information of the battery 1130 to the application circuitry 1105 or other components of the platform 1100. The BMS may also include an analog-to-digital (ADC) convertor that allows the application circuitry 1105 to directly monitor the voltage of the battery 1130 or the current flow from the battery 1130. The battery parameters may be used to determine actions that the platform 1100 may perform, such as transmission frequency, network operation, sensing frequency, and the like.

[0152] A power block, or other power supply coupled to an electrical grid may be

coupled with the BMS to charge the battery 1130. In some examples, the power block XS30 may be replaced with a wireless power receiver to obtain the power wirelessly, for example, through a loop antenna in the computer platform 1100. In these examples, a wireless battery charging circuit may be included in the BMS. The specific charging circuits chosen may depend on the size of the battery 1130, and thus, the current required. The charging may be performed using the Airfuel standard promulgated by the Airfuel Alliance, the Qi wireless charging standard promulgated by the Wireless Power

Consortium, or the Rezence charging standard promulgated by the Alliance for Wireless Power, among others.

[0153] User interface circuitry 1150 includes various input/output (I/O) devices present within, or connected to, the platform 1100, and includes one or more user interfaces designed to enable user interaction with the platform 1100 and/or peripheral component interfaces designed to enable peripheral component interaction with the platform 1100. The user interface circuitry 1150 includes input device circuitry and output device circuitry. Input device circuitry includes any physical or virtual means for accepting an input including, inter alia, one or more physical or virtual buttons (e.g., a reset button), a physical keyboard, keypad, mouse, touchpad, touchscreen, microphones, scanner, headset, and/or the like. The output device circuitry includes any physical or virtual means for showing information or otherwise conveying information, such as sensor readings, actuator position(s), or other like information. Output device circuitry may include any number and/or combinations of audio or visual display, including, inter alia, one or more simple visual outputs/indicators (e.g., binary status indicators (e.g., light emitting diodes (LEDs)) and multi-character visual outputs, or more complex outputs such as display devices or touchscreens (e.g., Liquid Chrystal Displays (LCD), LED displays, quantum dot displays, projectors, etc.), with the output of characters, graphics, multimedia objects, and the like being generated or produced from the operation of the platform 1100. The output device circuitry may also include speakers or other audio emitting devices, printer(s), and/or the like. In some embodiments, the sensor circuitry 1121 may be used as the input device circuitry (e.g., an image capture device, motion capture device, or the like) and one or more EMCs may be used as the output device circuitry (e.g., an actuator to provide haptic feedback or the like). In another example, NFC circuitry comprising an NFC controller coupled with an antenna element and a processing device may be included to read electronic tags and/or connect with another NFC-enabled device. Peripheral component interfaces may include, but are not limited to, a non-volatile memory port, a USB port, an audio jack, a power supply interface, etc. [0154] Although not shown, the components of platform 1100 may communicate with one another using a suitable bus or interconnect (IX) technology, which may include any number of technologies, including ISA, EISA, PCI, PCIx, PCIe, a Time-Trigger Protocol (TTP) system, a FlexRay system, or any number of other technologies. The bus/IX may be a proprietary bus/IX, for example, used in a SoC based system. Other bus/IX systems may be included, such as an I 2 C interface, an SPI interface, point-to-point interfaces, and a power bus, among others.

[0155] Figure 12 illustrates example components of baseband circuitry 1210 and radio front end modules (RFEM) 1215 in accordance with various embodiments. The baseband circuitry 1210 corresponds to the baseband circuitry 1010 and 1110 of Figures 10 and 11, respectively. The RFEM 1215 corresponds to the RFEM 1015 and 1115 of Figures 10 and 11, respectively. As shown, the RFEMs 1215 may include Radio Frequency (RF) circuitry 1206, front-end module (FEM) circuitry 1208, antenna array 1211 coupled together at least as shown.

[0156] The baseband circuitry 1210 includes circuitry and/or control logic configured to carry out various radio/network protocol and radio control functions that enable communication with one or more radio networks via the RF circuitry 1206. The radio control functions may include, but are not limited to, signal modulation/demodulation, encoding/decoding, radio frequency shifting, etc. In some embodiments,

modulation/demodulation circuitry of the baseband circuitry 1210 may include Fast- Fourier Transform (FFT), precoding, or constellation mapping/demapping functionality. In some embodiments, encoding/decoding circuitry of the baseband circuitry 1210 may include convolution, tail-biting convolution, turbo, Viterbi, or Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) encoder/decoder functionality. Embodiments of modulation/demodulation and encoder/decoder functionality are not limited to these examples and may include other suitable functionality in other embodiments. The baseband circuitry 1210 is configured to process baseband signals received from a receive signal path of the RF circuitry 1206 and to generate baseband signals for a transmit signal path of the RF circuitry 1206. The baseband circuitry 1210 is configured to interface with application circuitry 1005/1105 (see Figures 10 and 11) for generation and processing of the baseband signals and for controlling operations of the RF circuitry 1206. The baseband circuitry 1210 may handle various radio control functions. [0157] The aforementioned circuitry and/or control logic of the baseband circuitry 1210 may include one or more single or multi-core processors. For example, the one or more processors may include a 3G baseband processor 1204 A, a 4G/LTE baseband processor 1204B, a 5G/NR baseband processor 1204C, or some other baseband processor(s) 1204D for other existing generations, generations in development or to be developed in the future (e.g., sixth generation (6G), etc.). In other embodiments, some or all of the functionality of baseband processors 1204A-D may be included in modules stored in the memory 1204G and executed via a Central Processing Unit (CPU) 1204E. In other embodiments, some or all of the functionality of baseband processors 1204A-D may be provided as hardware accelerators (e.g., FPGAs, ASICs, etc.) loaded with the appropriate bit streams or logic blocks stored in respective memory cells. In various embodiments, the memory 1204G may store program code of a real-time OS (RTOS), which when executed by the CPU 1204E (or other baseband processor), is to cause the CPU 1204E (or other baseband processor) to manage resources of the baseband circuitry 1210, schedule tasks, etc.

Examples of the RTOS may include Operating System Embedded (OSE)™ provided by Enea®, Nucleus RTOS™ provided by Mentor Graphics®, Versatile Real-Time Executive (VRTX) provided by Mentor Graphics®, ThreadX™ provided by Express Logic®, FreeRTOS, REX OS provided by Qualcomm®, OKL4 provided by Open Kernel (OK) Labs®, or any other suitable RTOS, such as those discussed herein. In addition, the baseband circuitry 1210 includes one or more audio digital signal processor(s) (DSP) 1204F. The audio DSP(s) 1204F include elements for compression/decompression and echo cancellation and may include other suitable processing elements in other

embodiments.

[0158] In some embodiments, each of the processors 1204A-1204E include respective memory interfaces to send/receive data to/from the memory 1204G. The baseband circuitry 1210 may further include one or more interfaces to communicatively couple to other circuitries/devices, such as an interface to send/receive data to/from memory external to the baseband circuitry 1210; an application circuitry interface to send/receive data to/from the application circuitry 1005/1105 of FIGS. 10-12); an RF circuitry interface to send/receive data to/from RF circuitry 1206 of Figure 12; a wireless hardware connectivity interface to send/receive data to/from one or more wireless hardware elements (e.g., Near Field Communication (NFC) components, Bluetooth®/ Bluetooth® Low Energy components, Wi-Fi® components, and/or the like); and a power management interface to send/receive power or control signals to/from the PMIC 1125.

[0159] In alternate embodiments (which may be combined with the above described

embodiments), baseband circuitry 1210 comprises one or more digital baseband systems, which are coupled with one another via an interconnect subsystem and to a CPU subsystem, an audio subsystem, and an interface subsystem. The digital baseband subsystems may also be coupled to a digital baseband interface and a mixed-signal baseband subsystem via another interconnect subsystem. Each of the interconnect subsystems may include a bus system, point-to-point connections, network-on-chip (NOC) structures, and/or some other suitable bus or interconnect technology, such as those discussed herein. The audio subsystem may include DSP circuitry, buffer memory, program memory, speech processing accelerator circuitry, data converter circuitry such as analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converter circuitry, analog circuitry including one or more of amplifiers and filters, and/or other like components. In an aspect of the present disclosure, baseband circuitry 1210 may include protocol processing circuitry with one or more instances of control circuitry (not shown) to provide control functions for the digital baseband circuitry and/or radio frequency circuitry (e.g., the radio front end modules 1215).

[0160] Although not shown by Figure 12, in some embodiments, the baseband circuitry

1210 includes individual processing device(s) to operate one or more wireless

communication protocols (e.g., a“multi-protocol baseband processor” or“protocol processing circuitry”) and individual processing device(s) to implement PHY layer functions. In these embodiments, the PHY layer functions include the aforementioned radio control functions. In these embodiments, the protocol processing circuitry operates or implements various protocol layers/entities of one or more wireless communication protocols. In a first example, the protocol processing circuitry may operate LTE protocol entities and/or 5G/NR protocol entities when the baseband circuitry 1210 and/or RF circuitry 1206 are part of mmWave communication circuitry or some other suitable cellular communication circuitry. In the first example, the protocol processing circuitry would operate MAC, RLC, PDCP, SDAP, RRC, and NAS functions. In a second example, the protocol processing circuitry may operate one or more IEEE-based protocols when the baseband circuitry 1210 and/or RF circuitry 1206 are part of a Wi-Fi communication system. In the second example, the protocol processing circuitry would operate Wi-Fi MAC and logical link control (LLC) functions. The protocol processing circuitry may include one or more memory structures (e.g., 1204G) to store program code and data for operating the protocol functions, as well as one or more processing cores to execute the program code and perform various operations using the data. The baseband circuitry 1210 may also support radio communications for more than one wireless protocol.

[0161] The various hardware elements of the baseband circuitry 1210 discussed herein may be implemented, for example, as a solder-down substrate including one or more integrated circuits (ICs), a single packaged IC soldered to a main circuit board or a multi chip module containing two or more ICs. In one example, the components of the baseband circuitry 1210 may be suitably combined in a single chip or chipset, or disposed on a same circuit board. In another example, some or all of the constituent components of the baseband circuitry 1210 and RF circuitry 1206 may be implemented together such as, for example, a system on a chip (SoC) or System-in-Package (SiP). In another example, some or all of the constituent components of the baseband circuitry 1210 may be implemented as a separate SoC that is communicatively coupled with and RF circuitry 1206 (or multiple instances of RF circuitry 1206). In yet another example, some or all of the constituent components of the baseband circuitry 1210 and the application circuitry 1005/1105 may be implemented together as individual SoCs mounted to a same circuit board (e.g., a“multi-chip package”).

[0162] In some embodiments, the baseband circuitry 1210 may provide for

communication compatible with one or more radio technologies. For example, in some embodiments, the baseband circuitry 1210 may support communication with an E- UTRAN or other WMAN, a WLAN, a WPAN. Embodiments in which the baseband circuitry 1210 is configured to support radio communications of more than one wireless protocol may be referred to as multi-mode baseband circuitry.

[0163] RF circuitry 1206 may enable communication with wireless networks using

modulated electromagnetic radiation through a non-solid medium. In various

embodiments, the RF circuitry 1206 may include switches, filters, amplifiers, etc. to facilitate the communication with the wireless network. RF circuitry 1206 may include a receive signal path, which may include circuitry to down-convert RF signals received from the FEM circuitry 1208 and provide baseband signals to the baseband circuitry 1210. RF circuitry 1206 may also include a transmit signal path, which may include circuitry to up-convert baseband signals provided by the baseband circuitry 1210 and provide RF output signals to the FEM circuitry 1208 for transmission.

[0164] In some embodiments, the receive signal path of the RF circuitry 1206 may

include mixer circuitry 1206A, amplifier circuitry 1206B and filter circuitry 1206C. In some embodiments, the transmit signal path of the RF circuitry 1206 may include filter circuitry 1206C and mixer circuitry 1206A. RF circuitry 1206 may also include synthesizer circuitry 1206D for synthesizing a frequency for use by the mixer circuitry 1206 A of the receive signal path and the transmit signal path. In some embodiments, the mixer circuitry 1206 A of the receive signal path may be configured to down-convert RF signals received from the FEM circuitry 1208 based on the synthesized frequency provided by synthesizer circuitry 1206D. The amplifier circuitry 1206B may be configured to amplify the down-converted signals and the filter circuitry 1206C may be a low-pass filter (LPF) or band-pass filter (BPF) configured to remove unwanted signals from the down-converted signals to generate output baseband signals. Output baseband signals may be provided to the baseband circuitry 1210 for further processing. In some embodiments, the output baseband signals may be zero-frequency baseband signals, although this is not a requirement. In some embodiments, mixer circuitry 1206A of the receive signal path may comprise passive mixers, although the scope of the embodiments is not limited in this respect.

[0165] In some embodiments, the mixer circuitry 1206A of the transmit signal path may be configured to up-convert input baseband signals based on the synthesized frequency provided by the synthesizer circuitry 1206D to generate RF output signals for the FEM circuitry 1208. The baseband signals may be provided by the baseband circuitry 1210 and may be filtered by filter circuitry 1206C.

[0166] In some embodiments, the mixer circuitry 1206A of the receive signal path and the mixer circuitry 1206 A of the transmit signal path may include two or more mixers and may be arranged for quadrature downconversion and upconversion, respectively. In some embodiments, the mixer circuitry 1206 A of the receive signal path and the mixer circuitry 1206 A of the transmit signal path may include two or more mixers and may be arranged for image rejection (e.g., Hartley image rejection). In some embodiments, the mixer circuitry 1206 A of the receive signal path and the mixer circuitry 1206 A of the transmit signal path may be arranged for direct downconversion and direct upconversion, respectively. In some embodiments, the mixer circuitry 1206A of the receive signal path and the mixer circuitry 1206 A of the transmit signal path may be configured for super heterodyne operation.

[0167] In some embodiments, the output baseband signals and the input baseband signals may be analog baseband signals, although the scope of the embodiments is not limited in this respect. In some alternate embodiments, the output baseband signals and the input baseband signals may be digital baseband signals. In these alternate embodiments, the RF circuitry 1206 may include analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and digital -to-analog converter (DAC) circuitry and the baseband circuitry 1210 may include a digital baseband interface to communicate with the RF circuitry 1206.

[0168] In some dual-mode embodiments, a separate radio IC circuitry may be provided for processing signals for each spectrum, although the scope of the embodiments is not limited in this respect.

[0169] In some embodiments, the synthesizer circuitry 1206D may be a fractional-N

synthesizer or a fractional N/N+l synthesizer, although the scope of the embodiments is not limited in this respect as other types of frequency synthesizers may be suitable. For example, synthesizer circuitry 1206D may be a delta-sigma synthesizer, a frequency multiplier, or a synthesizer comprising a phase-locked loop with a frequency divider.

[0170] The synthesizer circuitry 1206D may be configured to synthesize an output

frequency for use by the mixer circuitry 1206 A of the RF circuitry 1206 based on a frequency input and a divider control input. In some embodiments, the synthesizer circuitry 1206D may be a fractional N/N+l synthesizer.

[0171] In some embodiments, frequency input may be provided by a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO), although that is not a requirement. Divider control input may be provided by either the baseband circuitry 1210 or the application circuitry 1005/1105 depending on the desired output frequency. In some embodiments, a divider control input (e.g., N) may be determined from a look-up table based on a channel indicated by the application circuitry 1005/1105.

[0172] Synthesizer circuitry 1206D of the RF circuitry 1206 may include a divider, a delay-locked loop (DLL), a multiplexer and a phase accumulator. In some embodiments, the divider may be a dual modulus divider (DMD) and the phase accumulator may be a digital phase accumulator (DP A). In some embodiments, the DMD may be configured to divide the input signal by either N or N+l (e.g., based on a carry out) to provide a fractional division ratio. In some example embodiments, the DLL may include a set of cascaded, tunable, delay elements, a phase detector, a charge pump and a D-type flip-flop. In these embodiments, the delay elements may be configured to break a VCO period up into Nd equal packets of phase, where Nd is the number of delay elements in the delay line. In this way, the DLL provides negative feedback to help ensure that the total delay through the delay line is one VCO cycle.

[0173] In some embodiments, synthesizer circuitry 1206D may be configured to generate a carrier frequency as the output frequency, while in other embodiments, the output frequency may be a multiple of the carrier frequency (e.g., twice the carrier frequency, four times the carrier frequency) and used in conjunction with quadrature generator and divider circuitry to generate multiple signals at the carrier frequency with multiple different phases with respect to each other. In some embodiments, the output frequency may be a LO frequency (fLO). In some embodiments, the RF circuitry 1206 may include an IQ/polar converter.

[0174] FEM circuitry 1208 may include a receive signal path, which may include

circuitry configured to operate on RF signals received from antenna array 1211, amplify the received signals and provide the amplified versions of the received signals to the RF circuitry 1206 for further processing. FEM circuitry 1208 may also include a transmit signal path, which may include circuitry configured to amplify signals for transmission provided by the RF circuitry 1206 for transmission by one or more of antenna elements of antenna array 1211. In various embodiments, the amplification through the transmit or receive signal paths may be done solely in the RF circuitry 1206, solely in the FEM circuitry 1208, or in both the RF circuitry 1206 and the FEM circuitry 1208.

[0175] In some embodiments, the FEM circuitry 1208 may include a TX/RX switch to switch between transmit mode and receive mode operation. The FEM circuitry 1208 may include a receive signal path and a transmit signal path. The receive signal path of the FEM circuitry 1208 may include an LNA to amplify received RF signals and provide the amplified received RF signals as an output (e.g., to the RF circuitry 1206). The transmit signal path of the FEM circuitry 1208 may include a power amplifier (PA) to amplify input RF signals (e.g., provided by RF circuitry 1206), and one or more filters to generate RF signals for subsequent transmission by one or more antenna elements of the antenna array 1211.

[0176] The antenna array 1211 comprises one or more antenna elements, each of which is configured convert electrical signals into radio waves to travel through the air and to convert received radio waves into electrical signals. For example, digital baseband signals provided by the baseband circuitry 1210 is converted into analog RF signals (e.g., modulated waveform) that will be amplified and transmitted via the antenna elements of the antenna array 1211 including one or more antenna elements (not shown). The antenna elements may be omnidirectional, direction, or a combination thereof. The antenna elements may be formed in a multitude of arranges as are known and/or discussed herein. The antenna array 1211 may comprise microstrip antennas or printed antennas that are fabricated on the surface of one or more printed circuit boards. The antenna array 1211 may be formed in as a patch of metal foil (e.g., a patch antenna) in a variety of shapes, and may be coupled with the RF circuitry 1206 and/or FEM circuitry 1208 using metal transmission lines or the like.

[0177] Processors of the application circuitry 1005/1105 and processors of the baseband circuitry 1210 may be used to execute elements of one or more instances of a protocol stack. For example, processors of the baseband circuitry 1210, alone or in combination, may be used execute Layer 3, Layer 2, or Layer 1 functionality, while processors of the application circuitry 1005/1105 may utilize data (e.g., packet data) received from these layers and further execute Layer 4 functionality (e.g., TCP and UDP layers). As referred to herein, Layer 3 may comprise a RRC layer, described in further detail below. As referred to herein, Layer 2 may comprise a MAC layer, an RLC layer, and a PDCP layer, described in further detail below. As referred to herein, Layer 1 may comprise a PHY layer of a UE/RAN node, described in further detail below.

[0178] Figure 13 illustrates various protocol functions that may be implemented in a wireless communication device according to various embodiments. In particular, Figure 13 includes an arrangement 1300 showing interconnections between various protocol layers/entities. The following description of Figure 13 is provided for various protocol layers/entities that operate in conjunction with the 5G/NR system standards and LTE system standards, but some or all of the aspects of Figure 13 may be applicable to other wireless communication network systems as well.

[0179] The protocol layers of arrangement 1300 may include one or more of PHY 1310,

MAC 1320, RLC 1330, PDCP 1340, SDAP 1347, RRC 1355, and NAS layer 1357, in addition to other higher layer functions not illustrated. The protocol layers may include one or more service access points (e.g., items 1359, 1356, 1350, 1349, 1345, 1335, 1325, and 1315 in Figure 13) that may provide communication between two or more protocol layers.

[0180] The PHY 1310 may transmit and receive physical layer signals 1305 that may be received from or transmitted to one or more other communication devices. The physical layer signals 1305 may comprise one or more physical channels, such as those discussed herein. The PHY 1310 may further perform link adaptation or adaptive modulation and coding (AMC), power control, cell search (e.g., for initial synchronization and handover purposes), and other measurements used by higher layers, such as the RRC 1355. The PHY 1310 may still further perform error detection on the transport channels, forward error correction (FEC) coding/decoding of the transport channels,

modulation/demodulation of physical channels, interleaving, rate matching, mapping onto physical channels, and MIMO antenna processing. In embodiments, an instance of PHY 1310 may process requests from and provide indications to an instance of MAC 1320 via one or more PHY-SAP 1315. According to some embodiments, requests and indications communicated via PHY-SAP 1315 may comprise one or more transport channels.

[0181] Instance(s) of MAC 1320 may process requests from, and provide indications to, an instance of RLC 1330 via one or more MAC-SAPs 1325. These requests and indications communicated via the MAC-SAP 1325 may comprise one or more logical channels. The MAC 1320 may perform mapping between the logical channels and transport channels, multiplexing of MAC SDUs from one or more logical channels onto TBs to be delivered to PHY 1310 via the transport channels, de-multiplexing MAC SDUs to one or more logical channels from TBs delivered from the PHY 1310 via transport channels, multiplexing MAC SDUs onto TBs, scheduling information reporting, error correction through HARQ, and logical channel prioritization.

[0182] Instance(s) of RLC 1330 may process requests from and provide indications to an instance of PDCP 1340 via one or more radio link control service access points (RLC- SAP) 1335. These requests and indications communicated via RLC-SAP 1335 may comprise one or more RLC channels. The RLC 1330 may operate in a plurality of modes of operation, including: Transparent Mode (TM), Unacknowledged Mode (UM), and Acknowledged Mode (AM). The RLC 1330 may execute transfer of upper layer protocol data units (PDUs), error correction through automatic repeat request (AR.Q) for AM data transfers, and concatenation, segmentation and reassembly of RLC SDUs for UM and AM data transfers. The RLC 1330 may also execute re-segmentation of RLC data PDUs for AM data transfers, reorder RLC data PDUs for UM and AM data transfers, detect duplicate data for UM and AM data transfers, discard RLC SDUs for UM and AM data transfers, detect protocol errors for AM data transfers, and perform RLC re-establishment.

[0183] Instance(s) of PDCP 1340 may process requests from and provide indications to instance(s) of RRC 1355 and/or instance(s) of SDAP 1347 via one or more packet data convergence protocol service access points (PDCP-SAP) 1345. These requests and indications communicated via PDCP-SAP 1345 may comprise one or more radio bearers. The PDCP 1340 may execute header compression and decompression of IP data, maintain PDCP Sequence Numbers (SNs), perform in-sequence delivery of upper layer PDUs at re-establishment of lower layers, eliminate duplicates of lower layer SDUs at re establishment of lower layers for radio bearers mapped on RLC AM, cipher and decipher control plane data, perform integrity protection and integrity verification of control plane data, control timer-based discard of data, and perform security operations (e.g., ciphering, deciphering, integrity protection, integrity verification, etc.).

[0184] Instance(s) of SDAP 1347 may process requests from and provide indications to one or more higher layer protocol entities via one or more SDAP-SAP 1349. These requests and indications communicated via SDAP-SAP 1349 may comprise one or more QoS flows. The SDAP 1347 may map QoS flows to DRBs, and vice versa, and may also mark QFIs in DL and UL packets. A single SDAP entity 1347 may be configured for an individual PDU session. In the UL direction, the NG-RAN 710 may control the mapping of QoS Flows to DRB(s) in two different ways, reflective mapping or explicit mapping. For reflective mapping, the SDAP 1347 of a UE 701 may monitor the QFIs of the DL packets for each DRB, and may apply the same mapping for packets flowing in the UL direction. For a DRB, the SDAP 1347 of the UE 701 may map the UL packets belonging to the QoS flows(s) corresponding to the QoS flow ID(s) and PDU session observed in the DL packets for that DRB. To enable reflective mapping, the NG-RAN 910 may mark DL packets over the Uu interface with a QoS flow ID. The explicit mapping may involve the RRC 1355 configuring the SDAP 1347 with an explicit QoS flow to DRB mapping rule, which may be stored and followed by the SDAP 1347. In embodiments, the SDAP 1347 may only be used in NR implementations and may not be used in LTE

implementations.

[0185] The RRC 1355 may configure, via one or more management service access points

(M-SAP), aspects of one or more protocol layers, which may include one or more instances of PHY 1310, MAC 1320, RLC 1330, PDCP 1340 and SDAP 1347. In embodiments, an instance of RRC 1355 may process requests from and provide indications to one or more NAS entities 1357 via one or more RRC-SAPs 1356. The main services and functions of the RRC 1355 may include broadcast of system information (e.g., included in MIBs or SIBs related to the NAS), broadcast of system information related to the access stratum (AS), paging, establishment, maintenance and release of an RRC connection between the UE 701 and RAN 710 (e.g., RRC connection paging, RRC connection establishment, RRC connection modification, and RRC connection release), establishment, configuration, maintenance and release of point to point Radio Bearers, security functions including key management, inter-RAT mobility, and measurement configuration for UE measurement reporting. The MIBs and SIBs may comprise one or more IEs, which may each comprise individual data fields or data structures.

[0186] The NAS 1357 may form the highest stratum of the control plane between the UE

701 and the AMF 921. The NAS 1357 may support the mobility of the UEs 701 and the session management procedures to establish and maintain IP connectivity between the UE 701 and a P-GW in LTE systems.

[0187] According to various embodiments, one or more protocol entities of arrangement

1300 may be implemented in UEs 701, RAN nodes 711, AMF 921 in NR

implementations or MME 821 in LTE implementations, UPF 902 in NR implementations or S-GW 822 and P-GW 823 in LTE implementations, or the like to be used for control plane or user plane communications protocol stack between the aforementioned devices. In such embodiments, one or more protocol entities that may be implemented in one or more of UE 701, gNB 711, AMF 921, etc. may communicate with a respective peer protocol entity that may be implemented in or on another device using the services of respective lower layer protocol entities to perform such communication. In some embodiments, a gNB-CU of the gNB 711 may host the RRC 1355, SDAP 1347, and PDCP 1340 of the gNB that controls the operation of one or more gNB-DUs, and the gNB-DUs of the gNB 711 may each host the RLC 1330, MAC 1320, and PHY 1010 of the gNB 711.

[0188] In a first example, a control plane protocol stack may comprise, in order from

highest layer to lowest layer, NAS 1057, RRC 1055, PDCP 1340, RLC 1330, MAC 1020, and PHY 1010. In this example, upper layers 1360 may be built on top of the NAS 1057, which includes an IP layer 1361, an SCTP 1362, and an application layer signaling protocol (AP) 1363.

[0189] In NR implementations, the AP 1363 may be an NG application protocol layer

(NGAP or NG-AP) 1363 for the NG interface 713 defined between the NG-RAN node 711 and the AMF 921, or the AP 1363 may be an Xn application protocol layer (XnAP or Xn-AP) 1363 for the Xn interface 712 that is defined between two or more RAN nodes 711.

[0190] The NG-AP 1363 may support the functions of the NG interface 713 and may comprise Elementary Procedures (EPs). An NG-AP EP may be a unit of interaction between the NG-RAN node 711 and the AMF 921. The NG-AP 1363 services may comprise two groups: UE-associated services (e.g., services related to a UE 701) and non- UE-associated services (e.g., services related to the whole NG interface instance between the NG-RAN node 711 and AMF 921). These services may include functions including, but not limited to: a paging function for the sending of paging requests to NG-RAN nodes 711 involved in a particular paging area; a UE context management function for allowing the AMF 921 to establish, modify, and/or release a UE context in the AMF 921 and the NG-RAN node 711; a mobility function for UEs 701 in ECM-CONNECTED mode for intra-system HOs to support mobility within NG-RAN and inter-system HOs to support mobility from/to EPS systems; a NAS Signaling Transport function for transporting or rerouting NAS messages between UE 701 and AMF 921; a NAS node selection function for determining an association between the AMF 921 and the UE 701; NG interface management function(s) for setting up the NG interface and monitoring for errors over the NG interface; a warning message transmission function for providing means to transfer warning messages via NG interface or cancel ongoing broadcast of warning messages; a Configuration Transfer function for requesting and transferring of RAN configuration information (e.g., SON information, performance measurement (PM) data, etc.) between two RAN nodes 711 via CN 720; and/or other like functions.

[0191] The XnAP 1363 may support the functions of the Xn interface 712 and may

comprise XnAP basic mobility procedures and XnAP global procedures. The XnAP basic mobility procedures may comprise procedures used to handle UE mobility within the NG RAN 711 (or E-UTRAN 810), such as handover preparation and cancellation procedures, SN Status Transfer procedures, UE context retrieval and UE context release procedures, RAN paging procedures, dual connectivity related procedures, and the like. The XnAP global procedures may comprise procedures that are not related to a specific UE 701, such as Xn interface setup and reset procedures, NG-RAN update procedures, cell activation procedures, and the like.

[0192] In LTE implementations, the AP 1363 may be an SI Application Protocol layer

(Sl-AP) 1363 for the SI interface 713 defined between an E-UTRAN node 711 and an MME, or the AP 1363 may be an X2 application protocol layer (X2AP or X2-AP) 1363 for the X2 interface 712 that is defined between two or more E-UTRAN nodes 711.

[0193] The SI Application Protocol layer (Sl-AP) 1363 may support the functions of the

SI interface, and similar to the NG-AP discussed previously, the Sl-AP may comprise Sl-AP EPs. An Sl-AP EP may be a unit of interaction between the E-UTRAN node 711 and an MME 821within an LTE CN 720. The Sl-AP 1363 services may comprise two groups: UE-associated services and non UE-associated services. These services perform functions including, but not limited to: E-UTRAN Radio Access Bearer (E-RAB) management, UE capability indication, mobility, NAS signaling transport, RAN

Information Management (RIM), and configuration transfer.

[0194] The X2AP 1363 may support the functions of the X2 interface 712 and may

comprise X2AP basic mobility procedures and X2AP global procedures. The X2AP basic mobility procedures may comprise procedures used to handle UE mobility within the E- UTRAN 720, such as handover preparation and cancellation procedures, SN Status Transfer procedures, UE context retrieval and UE context release procedures, RAN paging procedures, dual connectivity related procedures, and the like. The X2AP global procedures may comprise procedures that are not related to a specific UE 701, such as X2 interface setup and reset procedures, load indication procedures, error indication procedures, cell activation procedures, and the like.

[0195] The SCTP layer (alternatively referred to as the SCTP/IP layer) 1362 may provide guaranteed delivery of application layer messages (e.g., NGAP or XnAP messages in NR implementations, or Sl-AP or X2AP messages in LTE implementations). The SCTP 1362 may ensure reliable delivery of signaling messages between the RAN node 711 and the AMF 921/MME 821 based, in part, on the IP protocol, supported by the IP 1361. The Internet Protocol layer (IP) 1361 may be used to perform packet addressing and routing functionality. In some implementations the IP layer 1361 may use point-to-point transmission to deliver and convey PDUs. In this regard, the RAN node 711 may comprise L2 and LI layer communication links (e.g., wired or wireless) with the

MME/AMF to exchange information.

[0196] In a second example, a user plane protocol stack may comprise, in order from

highest layer to lowest layer, SDAP 1347, PDCP 1340, RLC 1330, MAC 1020, and PHY 1010. The user plane protocol stack may be used for communication between the UE 701, the RAN node 711, and UPF 902 in NR implementations or an S-GW 822 and P-GW 823 in LTE implementations. In this example, upper layers 1351 may be built on top of the SDAP 1347, and may include a user datagram protocol (UDP) and IP security layer (UDP/IP) 1352, a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Tunneling Protocol for the user plane layer (GTP-U) 1353, and a User Plane PDU layer (UP PDU) 1363.

[0197] The transport network layer 1354 (also referred to as a“transport layer”) may be built on IP transport, and the GTP-U 1353 may be used on top of the UDP/IP layer 1352 (comprising a UDP layer and IP layer) to carry user plane PDUs (UP-PDUs). The IP layer (also referred to as the“Internet layer”) may be used to perform packet addressing and routing functionality. The IP layer may assign IP addresses to user data packets in any of IPv4, IPv6, or PPP formats, for example.

[0198] The GTP-U 1353 may be used for carrying user data within the GPRS core

network and between the radio access network and the core network. The user data transported can be packets in any of IPv4, IPv6, or PPP formats, for example. The UDP/IP 1352 may provide checksums for data integrity, port numbers for addressing different functions at the source and destination, and encryption and authentication on the selected data flows. The RAN node 711 and the S-GW 822 may utilize an Sl-U interface to exchange user plane data via a protocol stack comprising an LI layer (e.g., PHY 1310), an L2 layer (e.g., MAC 1320, RLC 1330, PDCP 1340, and/or SDAP 1347), the UDP/IP layer 1352, and the GTP-U 1353. The S-GW 822 and the P-GW 823 may utilize an S5/S8a interface to exchange user plane data via a protocol stack comprising an LI layer, an L2 layer, the UDP/IP layer 1352, and the GTP-U 1353. As discussed previously, NAS protocols may support the mobility of the UE 701 and the session management procedures to establish and maintain IP connectivity between the UE 701 and the P-GW 823.

[0199] Moreover, although not shown by Figure 13, an application layer may be present above the AP 1363 and/or the transport network layer 1354. The application layer may be a layer in which a user of the UE 701, RAN node 711, or other network element interacts with software applications being executed, for example, by application circuitry 1005 or application circuitry 1105, respectively. The application layer may also provide one or more interfaces for software applications to interact with communications systems of the UE 701 or RAN node 711, such as the baseband circuitry 1210. In some implementations the IP layer and/or the application layer may provide the same or similar functionality as layers 5-7, or portions thereof, of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model (e.g., OSI Layer 7 - the application layer, OSI Layer 6 - the presentation layer, and OSI Layer 5 - the session layer).

[0200] Figure 14 is a block diagram illustrating components, according to some example embodiments, able to read instructions from a machine-readable or computer-readable medium (e.g., a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium) and perform any one or more of the methodologies discussed herein. Specifically, Figure 14 shows a diagrammatic representation of hardware resources 1400 including one or more processors (or processor cores) 1410, one or more memory/storage devices 1420, and one or more communication resources 1430, each of which may be communicatively coupled via a bus 1440. For embodiments where node virtualization (e.g., NFV) is utilized, a hypervisor 1402 may be executed to provide an execution environment for one or more network slices/sub-slices to utilize the hardware resources 1400.

[0201] The processors 1410 may include, for example, a processor 1412 and a processor

1414. The processor(s) 1410 may be, for example, a central processing unit (CPU), a reduced instruction set computing (RISC) processor, a complex instruction set computing (CISC) processor, a graphics processing unit (GPU), a DSP such as a baseband processor, an ASIC, an FPGA, a radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC), another processor (including those discussed herein), or any suitable combination thereof.

[0202] The memory/storage devices 1420 may include main memory, disk storage, or any suitable combination thereof. The memory/storage devices 1420 may include, but are not limited to, any type of volatile or nonvolatile memory such as dynamic random access memory (DRAM), static random access memory (SRAM), erasable programmable read only memory (EPROM), electrically erasable programmable read-only memory

(EEPROM), Flash memory, solid-state storage, etc.

[0203] The communication resources 1430 may include interconnection or network

interface components or other suitable devices to communicate with one or more peripheral devices 1404 or one or more databases 1406 via a network 1408. For example, the communication resources 1430 may include wired communication components (e.g., for coupling via USB), cellular communication components, NFC components,

Bluetooth® (or Bluetooth® Low Energy) components, Wi-Fi® components, and other communication components.

[0204] Instructions 1450 may comprise software, a program, an application, an applet, an app, or other executable code for causing at least any of the processors 1410 to perform any one or more of the methodologies discussed herein. The instructions 1450 may reside, completely or partially, within at least one of the processors 1410 (e.g., within the processor’s cache memory), the memory/storage devices 1420, or any suitable combination thereof. Furthermore, any portion of the instructions 1450 may be transferred to the hardware resources 1400 from any combination of the peripheral devices 1404 or the databases 1406. Accordingly, the memory of processors 1410, the memory/storage devices 1420, the peripheral devices 1404, and the databases 1406 are examples of computer-readable and machine-readable media.

[0205] In some embodiments, the electronic device(s), network(s), system(s), chip(s) or component s), or portions or implementations thereof, of Figures 7-14, or some other figure herein, may be configured to perform one or more processes, techniques, or methods as described herein, or portions thereof. One such process is depicted in Figure 15 and it may be performed by a user equipment or an access node (or components thereof).

[0206] Figure 15 illustrates a method 1500 of operating the system according to

embodiments. The method 1500 includes: causing transmission of a DM-RS as shown in box 1502, and causing transmission of a PDSCH or PUSCH after transmission of the DM-RS as shown in box 1504. The DM-RS may be in a first slot, and the PDSCH may be in a second slot following the first slot, where the second slot can be adjacent to the first slot or some number of slots removed from the first slot. In some embodiments, the method may be performed by baseband processing circuitry. In other embodiments, the method may be performed by a user equipment/gNB implementing the baseband processing circuitry and may include actual transmission of the DM-RS PDSCH or PUSCH. In some embodiments, the process may further include processing LI CLI measurements fed back in, e.g., a CSI report, based on the DM-RS; and performing CLI mitigation based on the LI CLI measurements. The LI CLI measurements may be fed back in Ll-RSSI/Ll-RSRP/Ll-SINR reporting or CQI reporting. [0207] In some embodiments, the electronic device(s), network(s), system(s), chip(s) or component s), or portions or implementations thereof, of Figures 7-14, or some other figure herein, may be configured to perform one or more processes, techniques, or methods as described herein, or portions thereof. One such process is depicted in Figure 16 and may be performed by a UE or an access node (or components thereof).

[0208] Figure 16 illustrates a method 1600 of operating the system according to

embodiments. The method 1600 includes: processing a pre-data DM-RS as shown in box 1602 and processing a PDSCH or PUSCH based on the processing of the pre-data DM- RS as shown in box 1604. The processing of the pre-data DM-RS may include determining a set of circumstances that includes tci-PresentlnDCI being set to enable, the PDSCH being scheduled by DCI format 1 1, and a time difference between a reception of DL DCI and the pre-data DM-RS being greater than or equal to a threshold; and assuming, based on said determining of the set of circumstances, DM-RS ports of PDSCH or QCL’d with RS(s) indicated by a TCI state. In some embodiments, the processing of the pre-data DM-RS may include: determining a set of circumstances that includes a time difference between a reception of DL DCI and pre-data DM-RS being less than a threshold; and assuming based on said determining of the set of circumstances, DM-RS ports of PDSCH or quasi-co-located with a PDCCH transmission.

[0209] Figure 17 illustrates a further method 1700 of operating the system according to embodiments. The further method 1700 includes: generating, by the BS, a demodulation reference signal (DM-RS) as shown in box 1702; determining, by the BS, a position of the DM-RS in a first transmission slot as shown in box 1704; transmitting, by the BS, the DM-RS to a UE based on the determined position in the first transmission slot as shown in box 1706; processing, by the BS, a crosslink interference (CLI) measurement fed back based on the DM-RS, wherein the CLI measurement fed back is in a channel state information (CSI) report as shown in box 1708; and performing, by the BS, a CLI mitigation based on the CLI measurement as shown in box 1710.

[0210] Figure 18 illustrates a further method 1800 of operating the system according to embodiments. The further method 1800 includes: receiving, by a UE, a DM-RS in a first transmission slot as shown in box 1802; generating, by the UE, a crosslink interference (CLI) measurement based on the DM-RS as shown in box 1804; and transmitting, by the UE, the CLI measurement to a BS as shown in box 1806. The method can further include, receiving by UE, a PDSCH signal located either in the first transmission slot or in a second transmission slot that follows the first transmission slot.

[0211] The steps and/or functions in FIGs. 15-18 can be performed by one or more of application circuitry 1005 or 1105, baseband circuitry 1010 or 1110, or processors 1414.

[0212] For one or more embodiments, at least one of the components set forth in one or more of the preceding figures may be configured to perform one or more operations, techniques, processes, and/or methods as set forth in the example section below. For example, the baseband circuitry as described above in connection with one or more of the preceding figures may be configured to operate in accordance with one or more of the examples set forth below. For another example, circuitry associated with a UE, base station, network element, etc. as described above in connection with one or more of the preceding figures may be configured to operate in accordance with one or more of the examples set forth below in the example section.

EXAMPLES

[0213] Example 1 may include a method comprising: causing transmission of a

demodulation reference signal (DM-RS); and causing transmission of a PDSCH or PUSCH transmission after transmission of the DM-RS.

[0214] Example 2 may include the method of example 1 or some other example herein, further comprising: processing LI CLI measurements fed back in, e.g., a CSI report, based on the DM-RS; and performing CLI mitigation based on the LI CLI measurements.

[0215] Example 3 may include the method of example 2 or some other example herein, wherein the LI CLI measurements or fed back in Ll-RSSI/Ll-RSRP/Ll-SINR reporting or CQI reporting.

[0216] Example 4 may include the method of example 1 or some other example herein, further comprising: utilizing a mapping for the PDSCH or PUSCH, wherein the mapping supports 1-symbol data transmission.

[0217] Example 5 may include the method of example 1 or some other example herein, further comprising: processing an RRC signal to determine DM-RS positions; and causing transmission of the DM-RS with the determined DM-RS positions. [0218] Example 6 may include the method of example 1 or some other example herein, wherein the DM-RS is transmitted in a slot that immediately precedes the slot in which the PDSCH or PUSCH is transmitted.

[0219] Example 7 may include the method of example 1 or some other example herein, wherein the DM-RS is transmitted with an offset relative to a start of a slot in which the DM-RS is to be transmitted, wherein the offset is optionally configured by RRC signaling.

[0220] Example 8 may include the method of example 1 or some other example herein, wherein the DM-RS comprises one or two symbols.

[0221] Example 9 may include the method of example 1 or some other example herein, wherein the DM-RS and the PDSCH or PUSCH is transmitted in a same slot, wherein a data length associated with the PDSCH or PUSCH is less than four symbols.

[0222] Example 10 may include the method of example 9 or some other example herein, wherein the DM-RS is a pre-data DM-RS and the method further comprises causing transmission of a control message with an indicator to indicate presence of the pre-data DM-RS and no DM-RS within a data transmission period.

[0223] Example 11 may include the method of example 1 or some other example herein, wherein the method is performed by a gNB and further comprises coordinating pre-data offset parameters with one or more other gNBs, wherein if a same SCS’s shared among gNBS, then same offset values are configured, and if different SCSs are used, then different DM-RS symbols/offset values are configured to provide timing alignment.

[0224] Example 12 may include a method comprising: processing pre-data DM-RS; and processing PDSCH or PUSCH based on said processing of the pre-data DM-RS.

[0225] Example 13 may include the method of example 12 or some other example herein, wherein processing the pre-data DM-RS comprises: determining a set of circumstances that includes tci-PresentlnDCI being set to enable, the PDSCH being scheduled by DCI format 1 1, and a time difference between a reception of DL DCI and the pre-data DM- RS being greater than or equal to a threshold; and assuming, based on said determining of the set of circumstances, DM-RS ports of PDSCH or QCL’d with RS(s) indicated by a TCI state.

[0226] Example 14 may include the method of example 12 or some other example herein, wherein processing the pre-data DM-RS comprises: determining a set of circumstances that includes a time difference between a reception of DL DCI and pre-data DM-RS being less than a threshold; and assuming based on said determining of the set of circumstances, DM-RS ports of PDSCH or quasi-co-located with a PDCCH transmission.

[0227] Example 15 may include a utilizing a mapping type for PDSCH or PUSCH,

wherein the mapping type allows 1-symbol PDSCH or PUSCH transmission starting from anywhere in a slot; DM-RS positions are relative to a beginning of PDSCH or PUSCH; the mapping type allows pre-data DM-RS configured for PDSCH or PUSCH

transmission; or the mapping type allows short PDSCH or PUSCH transmission with only pre-data DM-RS (no conventional DM-RS), if pre-data DM-RS is in a same slot as data transmission.

[0228] Example 16 may include a method comprising generating, processing,

transmitting, or causing transmission of pre-data DM-RS that is transmitted earlier than a data transmission associated with the pre-data DM-RS.

[0229] Example 17 may include the method of example 16 or some other example herein, further comprising: utilizing an offset configured by RRC for the pre-data DM-RS, wherein the offset is in a number of slots is relative to the beginning of slot containing the PDSCH or PUSCH, or the offset is in number of symbols is relative to the beginning of slot containing the pre-data DM-RS.

[0230] Example 18 may include the method of example 16 or some other example herein, wherein the method further comprises scheduling/configuring a UE with other data or control channels between the pre-data DM-RS and the data transmission.

[0231] Example 19 may include the method of example 16 or some other example herein, wherein the pre-data DM-RS is one symbol or two symbols.

[0232] Example 20 may include a method comprising generating, processing,

transmitting, or receiving LI CLI measurement reports that are included in CSI reports.

[0233] Example 21 may include the method of example 20 or some other example herein, wherein the CSI reports are Ll-RSSI, Ll-RSRP, or Ll-SINR for CLI measurement.

[0234] Example 22 may include the method of the example 20 or some other example herein, further comprising considering CLI when calculating CQI feedback.

[0235] Example 23 may include a gNB to coordinate with one or more other gNBs on pre-data DM-RS offset configuration to align DL and UL pre-data DM-RS, wherein if SCS are same among gNBs, then same offset value are used among gNBs; and if SCS are different among gNBs, then different DM-RS symbol length and offset values are used to align pre-data DM-RS. [0236] Example 24 may include the method comprising regarding a beginning of a pre data DM-RS as a beginning of a data transmission.

[0237] Example 25 may include the method of example 24 or some other example herein, wherein a TCI-state indicated in DCI format 1 1 is applied for both pre-data DM-RS and PDSCH transmission only if the time offset between the reception of the last symbol of PDCCH carrying DCI and the pre-data DM-RS is larger than or equal to Threshold- sched-Offset.

[0238] Example 26 may include the method of example 24 some other example herein, further comprising transmitting, by a UE, a PUSCH only if a time offset between the reception of the last symbol of PDCCH carrying DCI and the beginning of the pre-data DM-RS (including TA effect) is larger than T P roc,2.

[0239] Example Z01 may include an apparatus comprising means to perform one or more elements of a method described in or related to any of examples 1-26, or any other method or process described herein.

[0240] Example Z02 may include one or more non-transitory computer-readable media comprising instructions to cause an electronic device, upon execution of the instructions by one or more processors of the electronic device, to perform one or more elements of a method described in or related to any of examples 1-26, or any other method or process described herein.

[0241] Example Z03 may include an apparatus comprising logic, modules, or circuitry to perform one or more elements of a method described in or related to any of examples 1- 26, or any other method or process described herein.

[0242] Example Z04 may include a method, technique, or process as described in or related to any of examples 1-26, or portions or parts thereof.

[0243] Example Z05 may include an apparatus comprising: one or more processors and one or more computer-readable media comprising instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform the method, techniques, or process as described in or related to any of examples 1-26, or portions thereof.

[0244] Example Z06 may include a signal as described in or related to any of examples 1-

26, or portions or parts thereof.

[0245] Example Z07 may include a signal in a wireless network as shown and described herein. [0246] Example Z08 may include a method of communicating in a wireless network as shown and described herein.

[0247] Example Z09 may include a system for providing wireless communication as shown and described herein.

[0248] Example Z10 may include a device for providing wireless communication as shown and described herein.

[0249] Any of the above-described examples may be combined with any other example

(or combination of examples), unless explicitly stated otherwise. The foregoing description of one or more implementations provides illustration and description, but is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the scope of embodiments to the precise form disclosed. Modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teachings or may be acquired from practice of various embodiments.

Abbreviations

[0250] For the purposes of the present document, the following abbreviations may apply to the examples and embodiments discussed herein, but are not meant to be limiting.

[0251] 3 GPP Third Generation Partnership Project

[0252] 4G Fourth Generation

[0253] 5G Fifth Generation

[0254] 5GC 5G Core network

[0255] ACK Acknowledgement

[0256] AF Application Function

[0257] AM Acknowledged Mode

[0258] AMBR Aggregate Maximum Bit Rate

[0259] AMF Access and Mobility Management Function

[0260] AN Access Network

[0261] ANR Automatic Neighbour Relation

[0262] AP Application Protocol, Antenna Port, Access Point

[0263] API Application Programming Interface

[0264] APN Access Point Name

[0265] ARP Allocation and Retention Priority

[0266] ARQ Automatic Repeat Request

[0267] AS Access Stratum [0268] ASN. l Abstract Syntax Notation One

[0269] AUSF Authentication Server Function

[0270] AWGN Additive White Gaussian Noise

[0271] BCH Broadcast Channel

[0272] BER Bit Error Ratio

[0273] BFD Beam Failure Detection

[0274] BLER Block Error Rate

[0275] BPSK Binary Phase Shift Keying

[0276] BRAS Broadband Remote Access Server

[0277] BSS Business Support System

[0278] BS Base Station

[0279] BSR Buffer Status Report

[0280] BW Bandwidth

[0281] BWP Bandwidth Part

[0282] C-RNTI Cell Radio Network Temporary Identity

[0283] CA Carrier Aggregation, Certification Authority

[0284] CAPEX CAPital Expenditure

[0285] CBRA Contention Based Random Access

[0286] CC Component Carrier, Country Code, Cryptographic Checksum

[0287] CCA Clear Channel Assessment

[0288] CCE Control Channel Element

[0289] CCCH Common Control Channel

[0290] CE Coverage Enhancement

[0291] CDM Content Delivery Network

[0292] CDMA Code-Division Multiple Access

[0293] CFRA Contention Free Random Access

[0294] CG Cell Group

[0295] Cl Cell Identity

[0296] CID Cell-ID (e.g., positioning method)

[0297] CIM Common Information Model

[0298] CIR Carrier to Interference Ratio

[0299] CK Cipher Key

[0300] CM Connection Management, Conditional Mandatory [0301] CMAS Commercial Mobile Alert Service

[0302] CMD Command

[0303] CMS Cloud Management System

[0304] CO Conditional Optional

[0305] CoMP Coordinated Multi-Point

[0306] CORESET Control Resource Set

[0307] COTS Commercial Off-The-Shelf

[0308] CP Control Plane, Cyclic Prefix, Connection Point

[0309] CPD Connection Point Descriptor

[0310] CPE Customer Premise Equipment

[0311] CPICH Common Pilot Channel

[0312] CQI Channel Quality Indicator

[0313] CPU CSI processing unit, Central Processing Unit

[0314] C/R Command/Response field bit

[0315] CRAN Cloud Radio Access Network, Cloud RAN

[0316] CRB Common Resource Block

[0317] CRC Cyclic Redundancy Check

[0318] CRI Channel-State Information Resource Indicator, CSI-RS Resource

Indicator

[0319] C-RNTI Cell RNTI

[0320] CS Circuit Switched

[0321] CSAR Cloud Service Archive

[0322] CSI Channel-State Information

[0323] CSI-IM CSI Interference Measurement

[0324] CSI-RS CSI Reference Signal

[0325] CSI-RSRP CSI reference signal received power

[0326] CSI-RSRQ CSI reference signal received quality

[0327] CSI-SINR CSI signal -to-noise and interference ratio

[0328] CSMA Carrier Sense Multiple Access

[0329] CSMA/CA CSMA with collision avoidance

[0330] CSS Common Search Space, Cell-specific Search Space

[0331] CTS Clear-to-Send

[0332] cw Codeword [0333] CWS Contention Window Size

[0334] D2D Device-to-Device

[0335] DC Dual Connectivity, Direct Current

[0336] DCI Downlink Control Information

[0337] DF Deployment Flavour

[0338] DL Downlink

[0339] DMTF Distributed Management Task Force

[0340] DPDK Data Plane Development Kit

[0341] DM-RS, DMRS Demodulation Reference Signal

[0342] DN Data network

[0343] DRB Data Radio Bearer

[0344] DRS Discovery Reference Signal

[0345] DRX Discontinuous Reception

[0346] DSL Domain Specific Language. Digital Subscriber Line

[0347] DSLAM DSL Access Multiplexer

[0348] DwPTS Downlink Pilot Time Slot

[0349] E-LAN Ethernet Local Area Network

[0350] E2E End-to-End

[0351] ECCA extended clear channel assessment, extended CCA

[0352] ECCE Enhanced Control Channel Element, Enhanced CCE

[0353] ED Energy Detection

[0354] EDGE Enhanced Datarates for GSM Evolution (GSM Evolution)

[0355] EGMF Exposure Governance Management Function

[0356] EGPRS Enhanced GPRS

[0357] EIR Equipment Identity Register

[0358] eLAA enhanced Licensed Assisted Access, enhanced LAA

[0359] EM Element Manager

[0360] eMBB Enhanced Mobile Broadband

[0361] EMS Element Management System

[0362] eNB evolved NodeB, E-UTRAN Node B

[0363] EN-DC E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity

[0364] EPC Evolved Packet Core

[0365] EPDCCH enhanced PDCCH, enhanced Physical Downlink Control Cannel [0366] EPRE Energy per resource element

[0367] EPS Evolved Packet System

[0368] EREG enhanced REG, enhanced resource element groups

[0369] ETSI European Telecommunications Standards Institute

[0370] ETWS Earthquake and Tsunami Warning System

[0371] eUICC embedded UICC, embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card

[0372] E-UTRA Evolved UTRA

[0373] E-UTRAN Evolved UTRAN

[0374] EV2X Enhanced V2X

[0375] FIAP FI Application Protocol

[0376] Fl-C FI Control plane interface

[0377] Fl-U FI User plane interface

[0378] FACCH Fast Associated Control CHannel

[0379] FACCH/F Fast Associated Control Channel/Full rate

[0380] FACCH/H Fast Associated Control Channel/Half rate

[0381] FACH Forward Access Channel

[0382] FAUSCH Fast Uplink Signalling Channel

[0383] FB Functional Block

[0384] FBI Feedback Information

[0385] FCC Federal Communications Commission

[0386] FCCH Frequency Correction CHannel

[0387] FDD Frequency Division Duplex

[0388] FDM Frequency Division Multiplex

[0389] FDMA Frequency Division Multiple Access

[0390] FE Front End

[0391] FEC Forward Error Correction

[0392] FFS For Further Study

[0393] FFT Fast Fourier Transformation

[0394] feLAA further enhanced Licensed Assisted Access, further enhanced

LAA

[0395] FN Frame Number

[0396] FPGA Field-Programmable Gate Array

[0397] FR Frequency Range [0398] G-RNTI GERAN Radio Network Temporary Identity

[0399] GERAN GSM EDGE RAN, GSM EDGE Radio Access Network

[0400] GGSN Gateway GPRS Support Node

[0401] GLONASS GLObal'naya NAvigatsionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema (Engl.:

Global Navigation Satellite System)

[0402] gNB Next Generation NodeB

[0403] gNB-CU gNB-centralized unit, Next Generation NodeB centralized unit

[0404] gNB -DU gNB-distributed unit, Next Generation NodeB distributed unit

[0405] GNSS Global Navigation Satellite System

[0406] GPRS General Packet Radio Service

[0407] GSM Global System for Mobile Communications, Groupe Special

Mobile

[0408] GTP GPRS Tunneling Protocol

[0409] GTP-U GPRS Tunnelling Protocol for User Plane

[0410] GTS Go To Sleep Signal (related to WUS)

[0411] GUM ME I Globally Unique MME Identifier

[0412] GUTI Globally Unique Temporary UE Identity

[0413] HARQ Hybrid ARQ, Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request

[0414] HANDO, HO Handover

[0415] HFN HyperFrame Number

[0416] HHO Hard Handover

[0417] HLR Home Location Register

[0418] HN Home Network

[0419] HO Handover

[0420] HPLMN Home Public Land Mobile Network

[0421] HSDPA High Speed Downlink Packet Access

[0422] HSN Hopping Sequence Number

[0423] HSPA High Speed Packet Access

[0424] HSS Home Subscriber Server

[0425] HSUPA High Speed Uplink Packet Access

[0426] HTTP Hyper Text Transfer Protocol

[0427] HTTPS Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (https is http/ 1.1 over SSL, i.e. port 443) [0428] I-Block Information Block

[0429] ICCID Integrated Circuit Card Identification

[0430] ICIC Inter-Cell Interference Coordination

[0431] ID Identity, identifier

[0432] disclosureT Inverse Discrete Fourier Transform

[0433] IE Information element

[0434] IBE In-Band Emission

[0435] IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

[0436] IEI Information Element Identifier

[0437] IEIDL Information Element Identifier Data Length

[0438] IETF Internet Engineering Task Force

[0439] IF Infrastructure

[0440] IM Interference Measurement, Intermodulation, IP Multimedia

[0441] IMC IMS Credentials

[0442] I ME I International Mobile Equipment Identity

[0443] IMGI International mobile group identity

[0444] IMPI IP Multimedia Private Identity

[0445] IMPU IP Multimedia PUblic identity

[0446] IMS IP Multimedia Subsystem

[0447] IMSI International Mobile Subscriber Identity

[0448] IoT Internet of Things

[0449] IP Internet Protocol

[0450] Ipsec IP Security, Internet Protocol Security

[0451] IP-CAN IP-Connectivity Access Network

[0452] IP-M IP Multicast

[0453] IPv4 Internet Protocol Version 4

[0454] IPv6 Internet Protocol Version 6

[0455] IR Infrared

[0456] IS In Sync

[0457] IRP Integration Reference Point

[0458] ISDN Integrated Services Digital Network

[0459] I SIM IM Services Identity Module

[0460] ISO International Organisation for Standardisation [0461] ISP Internet Service Provider

[0462] IWF Interworking-F uncti on

[0463] I-WLAN Interworking WLAN

[0464] K Constraint length of the convolutional code, USIM Individual key

[0465] kB Kilobyte (1000 bytes)

[0466] kbps kilo-bits per second

[0467] Kc Ciphering key

[0468] Ki Individual subscriber authentication key

[0469] KPI Key Performance Indicator

[0470] KQI Key Quality Indicator

[0471] KSI Key Set Identifier

[0472] ksps kilo-symbols per second

[0473] KVM Kernel Virtual Machine

[0474] LI Layer 1 (physical layer)

[0475] Ll-RSRP Layer 1 reference signal received power

[0476] L2 Layer 2 (data link layer)

[0477] L3 Layer 3 (network layer)

[0478] LAA Licensed Assisted Access

[0479] LAN Local Area Network

[0480] LBT Listen Before Talk

[0481] LCM LifeCycle Management

[0482] LCR Low Chip Rate

[0483] LCS Location Services

[0484] LCID Logical Channel ID

[0485] LI Layer Indicator

[0486] LLC Logical Link Control, Low Layer Compatibility

[0487] LPLMN Local PLMN

[0488] LPP LTE Positioning Protocol

[0489] LSB Least Significant Bit

[0490] LTE Long Term Evolution

[0491] LWA LTE-WLAN aggregation

[0492] LWIP LTE/WLAN Radio Level Integration with IPsec Tunnel [0493] LTE Long Term Evolution

[0494] M2M Machine-to-Machine

[0495] MAC Medium Access Control (protocol layering context)

[0496] MAC Message authentication code (security/encryption context)

[0497] MAC-A MAC used for authentication and key agreement (TSG T WG3 context)

[0498] MAC-I MAC used for data integrity of signalling messages (TSG T

WG3 context)

[0499] MANO Management and Orchestration

[0500] MBMS Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service

[0501] MBSFN Multimedia Broadcast multicast service Single Frequency

Network

[0502] MCC Mobile Country Code

[0503] MCG Master Cell Group

[0504] MCOT Maximum Channel Occupancy Time

[0505] MCS Modulation and coding scheme

[0506] MDAF Management Data Analytics Function

[0507] MDAS Management Data Analytics Service

[0508] MDT Minimization of Drive Tests

[0509] ME Mobile Equipment

[0510] MeNB master eNB

[0511] MER Message Error Ratio

[0512] MGL Measurement Gap Length

[0513] MGRP Measurement Gap Repetition Period

[0514] MIB Master Information Block, Management Information Base

[0515] MIMO Multiple Input Multiple Output

[0516] MLC Mobile Location Centre

[0517] MM Mobility Management

[0518] MME Mobility Management Entity

[0519] MN Master Node

[0520] MO Measurement Object, Mobile Originated

[0521] MPBCH MTC Physical Broadcast CHannel

[0522] MPDCCH MTC Physical Downlink Control CHannel [0523] MPDSCH MTC Physical Downlink Shared CHannel

[0524] MPRACH MTC Physical Random Access CHannel

[0525] MPUSCH MTC Physical Uplink Shared Channel

[0526] MPLS Multiprotocol Label Switching

[0527] MS Mobile Station

[0528] MSB Most Significant Bit

[0529] MSC Mobile Switching Centre

[0530] MSI Minimum System Information, MCH Scheduling Information

[0531] MSID Mobile Station Identifier

[0532] MSIN Mobile Station Identification Number

[0533] MSISDN Mobile Subscriber ISDN Number

[0534] MT Mobile Terminated, Mobile Termination

[0535] MTC Machine-Type Communications

[0536] mMTC massive MTC, massive Machine-Type Communications

[0537] MU-MIMO Multi User MIMO

[0538] MWUS MTC wake-up signal, MTC WUS

[0539] NACK Negative Acknowledgement

[0540] NAI Network Access Identifier

[0541] NAS Non-Access Stratum, Non-Access Stratum layer

[0542] NCT Network Connectivity Topology

[0543] NEC Network Capability Exposure

[0544] NE-DC NR-E-UTRA Dual Connectivity

[0545] NEF Network Exposure Function

[0546] NF Network Function

[0547] NFP Network Forwarding Path

[0548] NFPD Network Forwarding Path Descriptor

[0549] NFV Network Functions Virtualization

[0550] NFVI NFV Infrastructure

[0551] NFVO NFV Orchestrator

[0552] NG Next Generation, Next Gen

[0553] NGEN-DC NG-RAN E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity

[0554] NM Network Manager

[0555] NMS Network Management System [0556] N-PoP Network Point of Presence

[0557] NMIB, N-MIB Narrowband MIB

[0558] NPBCH Narrowband Physical Broadcast CHannel

[0559] NPDCCH Narrowband Physical Downlink Control CHannel

[0560] NPDSCH Narrowband Physical Downlink Shared CHannel

[0561] NPRACH Narrowband Physical Random Access CHannel

[0562] NPUSCH Narrowband Physical Uplink Shared CHannel

[0563] NPSS Narrowband Primary Synchronization Signal

[0564] NSSS Narrowband Secondary Synchronization Signal

[0565] NR New Radio, Neighbour Relation

[0566] NRF NF Repository Function

[0567] NRS Narrowband Reference Signal

[0568] NS Network Service

[0569] NS A Non- Standalone operation mode

[0570] NSD Network Service Descriptor

[0571] NSR Network Service Record

[0572] NSSAI 'Network Slice Selection Assistance Information

[0573] S-NNSAI Single-NSSAI

[0574] NSSF Network Slice Selection Function

[0575] NW Network

[0576] NWUS Narrowband wake-up signal, Narrowband WUS

[0577] NZP Non-Zero Power

[0578] O&M Operation and Maintenance

[0579] ODU2 Optical channel Data Unit - type 2

[0580] OFDM Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing

[0581] OFDMA Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access

[0582] OOB Out-of-band

[0583] OOS Out of Sync

[0584] OPEX OPerating EXpense

[0585] OSI Other System Information

[0586] OSS Operations Support System

[0587] OTA over-the-air

[0588] PAPR Peak-to- Average Power Ratio [0589] PAR Peak to Average Ratio

[0590] PBCH Physical Broadcast Channel

[0591] PC Power Control, Personal Computer

[0592] PCC Primary Component Carrier, Primary CC

[0593] PCell Primary Cell

[0594] PCI Physical Cell ID, Physical Cell Identity

[0595] PCEF Policy and Charging Enforcement Function

[0596] PCF Policy Control Function

[0597] PCRF Policy Control and Charging Rules Function

[0598] PDCP Packet Data Convergence Protocol, Packet Data Convergence

Protocol layer

[0599] PDCCH Physical Downlink Control Channel

[0600] PDCP Packet Data Convergence Protocol

[0601] PDN Packet Data Network, Public Data Network

[0602] PDSCH Physical Downlink Shared Channel

[0603] PDU Protocol Data Unit

[0604] PEI Permanent Equipment Identifiers

[0605] PFD Packet Flow Description

[0606] P-GW PDN Gateway

[0607] PHICH Physical hybrid-ARQ indicator channel

[0608] PHY Physical layer

[0609] PLMN Public Land Mobile Network

[0610] PIN Personal Identification Number

[0611] PM Performance Measurement

[0612] PMI Precoding Matrix Indicator

[0613] PNF Physical Network Function

[0614] PNFD Physical Network Function Descriptor

[0615] PNFR Physical Network Function Record

[0616] POC PTT over Cellular

[0617] PP, PTP Point-to-Point

[0618] PPP Point-to-Point Protocol

[0619] PRACH Physical RACH

[0620] PRB Physical resource block [0621] PRG Physical resource block group

[0622] ProSe Proximity Services, Proximity-Based Service

[0623] PRS Positioning Reference Signal

[0624] PRR Packet Reception Radio

[0625] PS Packet Services

[0626] PSBCH Physical Sidelink Broadcast Channel

[0627] PSDCH Physical Sidelink Downlink Channel

[0628] PSCCH Physical Sidelink Control Channel

[0629] PSSCH Physical Sidelink Shared Channel

[0630] PSCell Primary SCell

[0631] PSS Primary Synchronization Signal

[0632] PSTN Public Switched Telephone Network

[0633] PT-RS Phase-tracking reference signal

[0634] PH Push-to-Talk

[0635] PUCCH Physical Uplink Control Channel

[0636] PUSCH Physical Uplink Shared Channel

[0637] QAM Quadrature Amplitude Modulation

[0638] QCI QoS class of identifier

[0639] QCL Quasi co-location

[0640] QFI QoS Flow ID, QoS Flow Identifier

[0641] QoS Quality of Service

[0642] QPSK Quadrature (Quaternary) Phase Shift Keying

[0643] QZSS Quasi-Zenith Satellite System

[0644] RA-RNTI Random Access RNTI

[0645] RAB Radio Access Bearer, Random Access Burst

[0646] RACH Random Access Channel

[0647] RADIUS Remote Authentication Dial In User Service

[0648] RAN Radio Access Network

[0649] RAND RANDom number (used for authentication)

[0650] RAR Random Access Response

[0651] RAT Radio Access Technology

[0652] RAU Routing Area Update

[0653] RB Resource block, Radio Bearer [0654] RBG Resource block group

[0655] REG Resource Element Group

[0656] Rel Release

[0657] REQ REQuest

[0658] RF Radio Frequency

[0659] RI Rank Indicator

[0660] RIV Resource indicator value

[0661] RL Radio Link

[0662] RLC Radio Link Control, Radio Link Control layer

[0663] RLC AM RLC Acknowledged Mode

[0664] RLC UM RLC Unacknowledged Mode

[0665] RLF Radio Link Failure

[0666] RLM Radio Link Monitoring

[0667] RLM-RS Reference Signal for RLM

[0668] RM Registration Management

[0669] RMC Reference Measurement Channel

[0670] RMS I Remaining MSI, Remaining Minimum System Information

[0671] RN Relay Node

[0672] RNC Radio Network Controller

[0673] RNL Radio Network Layer

[0674] RNTI Radio Network Temporary Identifier

[0675] ROHC RObust Header Compression

[0676] RRC Radio Resource Control, Radio Resource Control layer

[0677] RRM Radio Resource Management

[0678] RS Reference Signal

[0679] RSRP Reference Signal Received Power

[0680] RSRQ Reference Signal Received Quality

[0681] RSSI Received Signal Strength Indicator

[0682] RSU Road Side Unit

[0683] RSTD Reference Signal Time difference

[0684] RTP Real Time Protocol

[0685] RTS Ready-To-Send

[0686] RTT Round Trip Time [0687] Rx Reception, Receiving, Receiver

[0688] S1AP SI Application Protocol

[0689] Sl-MME SI for the control plane

[0690] S 1 -U S 1 for the user plane

[0691] S-GW Serving Gateway

[0692] S-RNTI SRNC Radio Network Temporary Identity

[0693] S-TMSI SAE Temporary Mobile Station Identifier

[0694] SA Standalone operation mode

[0695] SAE System Architecture Evolution

[0696] SAP Service Access Point

[0697] SAPD Service Access Point Descriptor

[0698] SAPI Service Access Point Identifier

[0699] SCC Secondary Component Carrier, Secondary CC

[0700] SCell Secondary Cell

[0701] SC-FDMA Single Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access

[0702] SCG Secondary Cell Group

[0703] SCM Security Context Management

[0704] SCS Subcarrier Spacing

[0705] SCTP Stream Control Transmission Protocol

[0706] SDAP Service Data Adaptation Protocol, Service Data Adaptation

Protocol layer

[0707] SDL Supplementary Downlink

[0708] SDNF Structured Data Storage Network Function

[0709] SDP Service Discovery Protocol (Bluetooth related)

[0710] SDSF Structured Data Storage Function

[0711] SDU Service Data Unit

[0712] SEAF Security Anchor Function

[0713] SeNB secondary eNB

[0714] SEPP Security Edge Protection Proxy

[0715] SFI Slot format indication

[0716] SFTD Space-Frequency Time Diversity, SFN and frame timing difference

[0717] SFN System Frame Number [0718] SgNB Secondary gNB

[0719] SGSN Serving GPRS Support Node

[0720] S-GW Serving Gateway

[0721] SI System Information

[0722] SI-RNTI System Information RNTI

[0723] SIB System Information Block

[0724] SIM Subscriber Identity Module

[0725] SIP Session Initiated Protocol

[0726] SiP System in Package

[0727] SL Sidelink

[0728] SLA Service Level Agreement

[0729] SM Session Management

[0730] SMF Session Management Function

[0731] SMS Short Message Service

[0732] SMSF SMS Function

[0733] SMTC S SB-based Measurement Timing Configuration

[0734] SN Secondary Node, Sequence Number

[0735] SoC System on Chip

[0736] SON Self-Organizing Network

[0737] SpCell Special Cell

[0738] SP-C SI-RNTI Semi-Persistent CSI RNTI

[0739] SPS Semi-Persistent Scheduling

[0740] SQN Sequence number

[0741] SR Scheduling Request

[0742] SRB Signalling Radio Bearer

[0743] SRS Sounding Reference Signal

[0744] ss Synchronization Signal

[0745] SSB Synchronization Signal Block, SS/PBCH Block

[0746] SSBRI SS/PBCH Block Resource Indicator, Synchronization Signal

Block Resource Indicator

[0747] ssc Session and Service Continuity

[0748] SS-RSRP Synchronization Signal based Reference Signal Received Power

[0749] SS-RSRQ Synchronization Signal based Reference Signal Received Quality [0750] SS-SINR Synchronization Signal based Signal to Noise and Interference

Ratio

[0751] sss Secondary Synchronization Signal

[0752] SSSG Search Space Set Group

[0753] SSSIF Search Space Set Indicator

[0754] SST Slice/Service Types

[0755] SU-MIMO Single User MIMO

[0756] SUL Supplementary Uplink

[0757] TA Timing Advance, Tracking Area

[0758] TAC Tracking Area Code

[0759] TAG Timing Advance Group

[0760] TAU Tracking Area Update

[0761] TB Transport Block

[0762] TBS Transport Block Size

[0763] TBD To Be Defined

[0764] TCI Transmission Configuration Indicator

[0765] TCP Transmission Communication Protocol

[0766] TDD Time Division Duplex

[0767] TDM Time Division Multiplexing

[0768] TDMA Time Division Multiple Access

[0769] TE Terminal Equipment

[0770] TEID Tunnel End Point Identifier

[0771] TFT Traffic Flow Template

[0772] TMSI Temporary Mobile Subscriber Identity

[0773] TNL Transport Network Layer

[0774] TPC Transmit Power Control

[0775] TPMI Transmitted Precoding Matrix Indicator

[0776] TR Technical Report

[0777] TRP, TRxP Transmission Reception Point

[0778] TRS Tracking Reference Signal

[0779] TRx Transceiver

[0780] TS Technical Specifications, Technical Standard

[0781] TTI Transmission Time Interval [0782] Tx Transmission, Transmitting, Transmitter

[0783] U-RNTI UTRAN Radio Network Temporary Identity

[0784] UART Universal Asynchronous Receiver and Transmitter

[0785] UCI Uplink Control Information

[0786] UE User Equipment

[0787] UDM Unified Data Management

[0788] UDP User Datagram Protocol

[0789] UDSF Unstructured Data Storage Network Function

[0790] UICC Universal Integrated Circuit Card

[0791] UL Uplink

[0792] UM Unacknowledged Mode

[0793] UML Unified Modelling Language

[0794] UMTS Universal Mobile Telecommunications System

[0795] UP User Plane

[0796] UPF User Plane Function

[0797] URI Uniform Resource Identifier

[0798] URL Uniform Resource Locator

[0799] URLLC Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency

[0800] USB Universal Serial Bus

[0801] USIM Universal Subscriber Identity Module

[0802] USS UE-specific search space

[0803] UTRA UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access

[0804] UTRAN Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network

[0805] UwPTS Uplink Pilot Time Slot

[0806] V2I V ehi cl e-to-Infrastructi on

[0807] V2P V ehi cl e-to-Pede stri an

[0808] V2V V ehi cl e-to- V ehi cl e

[0809] V2X Vehicle-to-everything

[0810] VIM Virtualized Infrastructure Manager

[0811] VL Virtual Link,

[0812] VLAN Virtual LAN, Virtual Local Area Network

[0813] VM Virtual Machine

[0814] VNF Virtualized Network Function [0815] VNFFG VNF Forwarding Graph

[0816] VNFFGD VNF Forwarding Graph Descriptor

[0817] VNFM VNF Manager

[0818] VoIP Voice-over-IP, Voice-over-Internet Protocol

[0819] VPLMN Visited Public Land Mobile Network

[0820] VPN Virtual Private Network

[0821] VRB Virtual Resource Block

[0822] WiMAX Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access

[0823] WLAN Wireless Local Area Network

[0824] WMAN Wireless Metropolitan Area Network

[0825] WPAN Wireless Personal Area Network

[0826] X2-C X2-Control plane

[0827] X2-U X2-User plane

[0828] XML extensible Markup Language

[0829] XRES EXpected user RESponse

[0830] XOR exclusive OR

[0831] ZC Zadoff-Chu

[0832] ZP Zero Power

Terminology

[0833] For the purposes of the present document, the following terms and definitions are applicable to the examples and embodiments discussed herein, but are not meant to be limiting.

[0834] The term“circuitry” as used herein refers to, is part of, or includes hardware

components such as an electronic circuit, a logic circuit, a processor (shared, dedicated, or group) and/or memory (shared, dedicated, or group), an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), a field-programmable device (FPD) (e.g., a field-programmable gate array (FPGA), a programmable logic device (PLD), a complex PLD (CPLD), a high- capacity PLD (HCPLD), a structured ASIC, or a programmable SoC), digital signal processors (DSPs), etc., that are configured to provide the described functionality. In some embodiments, the circuitry may execute one or more software or firmware programs to provide at least some of the described functionality. The term“circuitry” may also refer to a combination of one or more hardware elements (or a combination of circuits used in an electrical or electronic system) with the program code used to carry out the functionality of that program code. In these embodiments, the combination of hardware elements and program code may be referred to as a particular type of circuitry.

[0835] The term“processor circuitry” as used herein refers to, is part of, or includes circuitry capable of sequentially and automatically carrying out a sequence of arithmetic or logical operations, or recording, storing, and/or transferring digital data. The term “processor circuitry” may refer to one or more application processors, one or more baseband processors, a physical central processing unit (CPU), a single-core processor, a dual-core processor, a triple-core processor, a quad-core processor, and/or any other device capable of executing or otherwise operating computer-executable instructions, such as program code, software modules, and/or functional processes. The terms “application circuitry” and/or“baseband circuitry” may be considered synonymous to, and may be referred to as,“processor circuitry.”

[0836] The term“interface circuitry” as used herein refers to, is part of, or includes

circuitry that enables the exchange of information between two or more components or devices. The term“interface circuitry” may refer to one or more hardware interfaces, for example, buses, I/O interfaces, peripheral component interfaces, network interface cards, and/or the like.

[0837] The term“user equipment” or“UE” as used herein refers to a device with radio communication capabilities and may describe a remote user of network resources in a communications network. The term“user equipment” or“UE” may be considered synonymous to, and may be referred to as, client, mobile, mobile device, mobile terminal, user terminal, mobile unit, mobile station, mobile user, subscriber, user, remote station, access agent, user agent, receiver, radio equipment, reconfigurable radio equipment, reconfigurable mobile device, etc. Furthermore, the term“user equipment” or“UE” may include any type of wireless/wired device or any computing device including a wireless communications interface.

[0838] The term“network element” as used herein refers to physical or virtualized

equipment and/or infrastructure used to provide wired or wireless communication network services. The term“network element” may be considered synonymous to and/or referred to as a networked computer, networking hardware, network equipment, network node, router, switch, hub, bridge, radio network controller, RAN device, RAN node, gateway, server, virtualized VNF, NFVI, and/or the like. [0839] The term“computer system” as used herein refers to any type interconnected electronic devices, computer devices, or components thereof. Additionally, the term “computer system” and/or“system” may refer to various components of a computer that are communicatively coupled with one another. Furthermore, the term“computer system” and/or“system” may refer to multiple computer devices and/or multiple computing systems that are communicatively coupled with one another and configured to share computing and/or networking resources.

[0840] The term“appliance,”“computer appliance,” or the like, as used herein refers to a computer device or computer system with program code (e.g., software or firmware) that is specifically designed to provide a specific computing resource. A“virtual appliance” is a virtual machine image to be implemented by a hypervisor-equipped device that virtualizes or emulates a computer appliance or otherwise is dedicated to provide a specific computing resource.

[0841] The term“resource” as used herein refers to a physical or virtual device, a

physical or virtual component within a computing environment, and/or a physical or virtual component within a particular device, such as computer devices, mechanical devices, memory space, processor/CPU time, processor/CPU usage, processor and accelerator loads, hardware time or usage, electrical power, input/output operations, ports or network sockets, channel/link allocation, throughput, memory usage, storage, network, database and applications, workload units, and/or the like. A“hardware resource” may refer to compute, storage, and/or network resources provided by physical hardware element(s). A“virtualized resource” may refer to compute, storage, and/or network resources provided by virtualization infrastructure to an application, device, system, etc. The term“network resource” or“communication resource” may refer to resources that are accessible by computer devices/sy stems via a communications network. The term “system resources” may refer to any kind of shared entities to provide services, and may include computing and/or network resources. System resources may be considered as a set of coherent functions, network data objects or services, accessible through a server where such system resources reside on a single host or multiple hosts and are clearly identifiable.

[0842] The term“channel” as used herein refers to any transmission medium, either tangible or intangible, which is used to communicate data or a data stream. The term “channel” may be synonymous with and/or equivalent to“communications channel,” “data communications channel,”“transmission channel,”“data transmission channel,” “access channel,”“data access channel,”“link,”“data link,”“carrier,”“radiofrequency carrier,” and/or any other like term denoting a pathway or medium through which data is communicated. Additionally, the term“link” as used herein refers to a connection between two devices through a RAT for the purpose of transmitting and receiving information.

[0843] The terms“instantiate,”“instantiation,” and the like as used herein refers to the creation of an instance. An“instance” also refers to a concrete occurrence of an object, which may occur, for example, during execution of program code.

[0844] The terms“coupled,”“communicatively coupled,” along with derivatives thereof are used herein. The term“coupled” may mean two or more elements are in direct physical or electrical contact with one another, may mean that two or more elements indirectly contact each other but still cooperate or interact with each other, and/or may mean that one or more other elements are coupled or connected between the elements that are said to be coupled with each other. The term“directly coupled” may mean that two or more elements are in direct contact with one another. The term“communicatively coupled” may mean that two or more elements may be in contact with one another by a means of communication including through a wire or other interconnect connection, through a wireless communication channel or ink, and/or the like.

[0845] The term“information element” refers to a structural element containing one or more fields. The term“field” refers to individual contents of an information element, or a data element that contains content.

[0846] The term“SMTC” refers to an S SB-based measurement timing configuration configured by SSB-MeasurementTimingConfiguration.

[0847] The term“SSB” refers to an SS/PBCH block.

[0848] The term“a“Primary Cell” refers to the MCG cell, operating on the primary

frequency, in which the UE either performs the initial connection establishment procedure or initiates the connection re-establishment procedure.

[0849] The term“Primary SCG Cell” refers to the SCG cell in which the UE performs random access when performing the Reconfiguration with Sync procedure for DC operation.

[0850] The term“Secondary Cell” refers to a cell providing additional radio resources on top of a Special Cell for a UE configured with CA. [0851] The term“Secondary Cell Group” refers to the subset of serving cells comprising the PSCell and zero or more secondary cells for a UE configured with DC.

[0852] The term“Serving Cell” refers to the primary cell for a UE in

RRC CONNECTED not configured with CA/DC there is only one serving cell comprising of the primary cell.

[0853] The term“serving cell” or“serving cells” refers to the set of cells comprising the

Special Cell(s) and all secondary cells for a UE in RRC CONNECTED configured with CA/.

[0854] The term“Special Cell” refers to the PCell of the MCG or the PSCell of the SCG for DC operation; otherwise, the term“Special Cell” refers to the Pcell.