(19)
(11)EP 2 509 269 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
04.10.2017 Bulletin 2017/40

(21)Application number: 12005037.2

(22)Date of filing:  28.08.2009
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H04L 27/26  (2006.01)
H04L 5/00  (2006.01)

(54)

Signal transmission on mutiple component carriers in a telecommunication system

Signalübertragung über mehrere Komponententräger in einem Telekommunikationssystem

Transmission de signaux sur des porteuses de composantes multiples dans un système de telecommunication


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 19.09.2008 US 98362 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
10.10.2012 Bulletin 2012/41

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
09778193.4 / 2327192

(73)Proprietor: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
164 83 Stockholm (SE)

(72)Inventors:
  • Parkvall, Stefan
    11325 Stockholm (SE)
  • Baldemair, Robert
    17170 Stockholm (SE)
  • Dahlmann, Erik
    16868 Bromma (SE)

(74)Representative: Röthinger, Rainer et al
Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff Patentanwälte PartG mbB Schweigerstrasse 2
81541 München
81541 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A- 1 928 115
  
  • DANESHRAD B ET AL: "PERFORMANCE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CLUSTERED-OFDM FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS", MOBILE NETWORKS AND APPLICATIONS, ACM, vol. 2, no. 4, 1 January 1997 (1997-01-01) , pages 305-314, XP000856486, NY, US ISSN: 1383-469X
  
Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


Description

TECHNICAL FIELD



[0001] The present invention relates to a method and arrangement in a telecommunication system, in particular to a technique for handling the aggregation of multiple frequency resources in an evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network or similar telecommunication network.

BACKGROUND



[0002] The Long-Term Evolution (LTE) of the Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network (UTRAN), also denoted E-UTRAN, as standardized in Rel-8 of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) specifications supports transmission bandwidths up to 20 MHz. In the downlink, LTE uses conventional Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) as the transmission scheme. OFDM provides benefits, e.g. it is robust to time dispersion, but has also some drawbacks, most notably a relatively high peak-to-average power ratio (PAR) of the transmitted signal.

[0003] Power amplifiers have to be designed to meet peak transmission power requirements while still meeting network requirements regarding the average output power (for example, determining the achievable data rate and coverage). The difference between the peak power and the average power determines the so-called amplifier back-off and is thus a measure on how much the power amplifier needs to be "over dimensioned" (or, equivalently, how much is lost in coverage when using the same amplifier but a lower-performance transmission scheme).

[0004] A high PAR implies a larger power back-off in the power amplifier, that is, the power amplifier cannot be used to its full extent. The Cubic Metric (CM) is another, generally more accurate metric, that can be used to represent the amount of back-off required in the power amplifier. In the following, the term "power amplifier metric" (denoting, e.g., PAR, CM, or any other appropriate measure) is used which shall be generally understood as a measure representing the impact of the difference or ratio between the peak power and the average power on the power amplifier design.

[0005] In the uplink, a high power amplifier metric can lead to reduced coverage, higher battery consumption, and/or more expensive implementation. Therefore, for the uplink, LTE has adopted a single-carrier transmission scheme with low power amplifier metric known as DFT (Discrete Fourier Transform)-spread OFDM (DFTS-OFDM) or DFT-precoded OFDM (sometimes also referred to as Single-Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access, or SC-FDMA). SC-FDMA exhibits a significantly lower PAR than OFDM.

[0006] Fig. 1 is a schematic illustration of an example of an SC-FDMA transmitter stage 100 operable to transmit on a single carrier according to the LTE transmission scheme. In transmitter stage 100, DFT coder 105 is coupled to OFDM modulator 110 which in turn is coupled to power amplifier 120 through a cyclic-prefix insertion stage 115 operable to insert a cyclic prefix in the output from OFDM modulator 110 before the output is amplified by power amplifier 120 for transmission over carrier 125. As shown in Fig. 1, carrier 125 has a bandwidth of 20 MHz. Carrier 125 may be referred to as a frequency resource for the transmission of a set of data blocks. While in Fig. 1, carrier 125 is shown as having a 20 MHz bandwidth, other bandwidths are possible in the LTE transmission scheme, and the bandwidth may vary (e.g., depending on the number of symbols to be transmitted via carrier 125).

[0007] Modulation symbols 101, shown in Fig. 1 as M modulation symbols, are input to DFT coder 105 and the output of DFT coder 105 is mapped to selective inputs of OFDM modulator 110. Examples of OFDM modulators comprise an Inverse Fast Fourier Transform (IFFT). The output of OFDM modulator 110 contains the data of modulation symbols 101 ("OFDM symbols") and is amplified by power amplifier 120 for transmission over carrier 125.

[0008] The DFT size, for example the size of the DFT performed by DFT coder 105, determines the instantaneous bandwidth of the transmitted signal while the exact mapping of the DFT coder output to the input of the OFDM modulator 110 determines the position of the transmitted signal within the overall uplink transmission bandwidth. Similar to conventional OFDM, a cyclic prefix is inserted subsequent to OFDM modulation. The use of a cyclic prefix allows for straightforward application of low-complexity frequency-domain equalization at the receiver side.

[0009] In order to meet requirements for International Mobile Telecommunications-Advanced (IMT-Advanced), 3GPP has initiated work on LTE-Advanced. One aspect of LTE-Advanced is to develop support for bandwidths larger than 20 MHz. Another aspect is to assure backward compatibility with LTE Rel-8. Backward compatibility also includes spectrum compatibility. Thus, in one exemplary implementation, to allow for backwards compatibility with LTE Rel-8, an LTE-Advanced spectrum or carrier that is wider than 20 MHz may appear as a number of separate LTE carriers to an LTE Rel-8 terminal. Separate LTE carriers may be referred to as different frequency resources. Thus, each Rel-8 LTE carrier can be referred to as a single frequency resource.

[0010] For early LTE-Advanced deployments, it can be expected that there will be a smaller number of LTE-Advanced-capable terminals compared to many LTE legacy terminals. Therefore, it is desirable to enable the use of frequency resources such that legacy terminals can be scheduled in all parts of the available wideband LTE-Advanced bandwidth. The straightforward way to allow for such optimal backwards compatibility would be by means of frequency resource aggregation. Frequency resource aggregation implies that an LTE-Advanced terminal can receive and transmit on multiple frequency resources, where each frequency resource may have, or may be modified to have, the same structure as a Rel-8 LTE carrier.

[0011] An example of the aggregation of multiple frequency resources is illustrated in Fig. 2. Frequency resources 210 in Fig. 2 are all located next to each other so as to be contiguous. In the specific example of Fig. 2, each frequency resource has a bandwidth of 20 MHz. Together, the five frequency resources 210 shown in Fig. 2 aggregate to an aggregated bandwidth of 100 MHz. The frequency resource aggregation shown in Fig. 2 requires that the operator has access to a contiguous spectrum allocation which can be divided to achieve the number of aggregated frequency resources. While in the drawings frequency resources are shown having a bandwidth of 20 MHz, this is for purpose of illustrating a backwards compatible spectrum allocation. Generally, individual frequency resources may have any bandwidth depending upon the number of included subcarriers.

[0012] To provide additional spectrum flexibility, LTE-Advanced may also support aggregation of non-contiguous spectrum fragments, which may be referred to as spectrum aggregation, an example of which is illustrated in Fig. 3. In the particular example of Fig. 3, five frequency resources 210 are spectrum aggregated to provide an aggregated bandwidth of 100 MHz. One or more frequency resources 210 are separated by spectrum gaps 320 which separate the one or more frequency resources 210 such that those frequency resources 210 separated by spectrum gaps 320 are not contiguous. Spectrum aggregation allows for the flexible addition of spectra for transmission. For example, an operator may bring into use different spectrum fragments over time depending upon availability for use by the operator.

[0013] The DFTS-OFDM property of a relatively low power amplification metric should be maintained as much as possible when extending the transmission bandwidth across multiple frequency resources, as for example, part of achieving or adding spectra to an LTE-Advanced system (e.g., having a spectrum allocation such as that shown in Fig. 3). To achieve a system operable to implement LTE-Advanced by extending the transmission bandwidth across multiple frequency resources, the structure of transmitter stage 100 of Fig. 1 may be generalized to transmit on one or more distinct frequency resources as shown in Fig. 4.

[0014] Fig. 4 is a schematic illustration of an example of such a generalized transmitter stage 400 operable to be compliant with LTE-Advanced by transmitting on multiple frequency resources. In transmitter stage 400, DFT coder 105 is coupled to OFDM modulator 110 which in turn is coupled to power amplifier 120 through a cyclic-prefix insertion stage 115 operable to insert a cyclic prefix in the output from OFDM modulator 110 before the output is amplified by power amplifier 120 for transmission over different frequency resources 410a, 410b.

[0015] As shown in Fig. 4, transmitter stage 400 may be operable to receive modulation symbols 401 for transmission on frequency resources 410a, 410b substantially simultaneously. As can been seen from Fig. 4, frequency resources 410a and 410b are separated by spectrum gap 420 and are hence non-contiguous. As also shown in Fig. 4, each frequency resource 410 has a bandwidth of 20 MHz, thus the spectrum aggregation of the two frequency resources yields a total bandwidth of 40 MHz.

[0016] In the system of Fig. 4, DFT coder 105 and OFDM modulator 110 are scaled to match the larger bandwidth. The output of DFT coder 105 is connected to the input of OFDM modulator 110. Because the two frequency resources 410 are not contiguous in frequency, zeros will be input to OFDM modulator 110 to allow for gap 420. In one embodiment of a possible future extension, the control signaling on the Physical Uplink Control Channel (PUCCH) may be located at each of the band edges of the LTE uplink, that is, for example, at the band edges of each frequency resource.

[0017] The structure shown in Fig. 4 is sometimes referred to as Clustered DFTS-OFDM (CL-DFTS-OFDM), where the term clustered refers to the fact that the frequency resources are not necessarily contiguous in frequency but located close to each other. The power amplifier metric of the generated signal is higher than that of conventional DFTS-OFDM, as shown, for example, in Fig. 1, but still low compared to OFDM and increases with the number of clusters.

[0018] From EP 1 928 115 A1 a technique for transmitting data over a channel having a predetermined channel quality estimate is known. For this purpose, an input data stream to be transmitted is split-up into a plurality of data sub-streams. Each of the plurality of data sub-streams is processed into a plurality of symbol subsets by selecting a certain scheme of coded-modulation and each of the plurality of symbol subsets is processed via a plurality of separate Discrete Fourier Transforms (DFTs), in order to obtain a plurality of DFT-precoded data sub-streams. Each of the DFT-precoded data sub-stream is then allocated in a frequency resource block via a sub-carrier mapping module, so that for each data sub-stream the selected scheme of coded-modulation is chosen in dependence of the values of the channel quality estimate.

[0019] In the publication "Performance and implementation of clustered-OFDM for wireless communications", Mobile Networks and Applications 2, (1997), p. 305-314, a wireless transmission technique over adjacent sub-channels is taught. In this context, a clustered-OFDM system is presented, in which OFDM clusters are FFTed and power amplified on a per cluster basis such that there is a one-to-one correspondence between cluster and power amplifier.

SUMMARY



[0020] Accordingly, it is an object to provide a technique to reduce the power amplifier metric in an LTE-Advanced or similar system relying at least in part on non-contiguous frequency resources.

[0021] There is provided a method according to the independent claim 1 and further detailed in dependent claims 2-8. A corresponding apparatus is provided in independent claim 9. Additionally, a corresponding computer program product is provided in independent claim 10.
The present invention is defined and limited only by the scope of the appended claims. In the following, any embodiment(s) referred to and not falling within the scope of said claims is (are) to be interpreted as example(s) useful for understanding the invention. The techniques presented herein may be realized in the form of software, in the form of hardware, or using a combined software/hardware approach. As regards a software aspect, a computer program product comprising program code portions for performing the steps presented herein when the computer program product is run on one or more computing devices may be provided. The computer program product may be stored on a computer-readable recording medium such as a memory chip, a CD-ROM, a hard disk, and so on. Moreover, the computer program product may be provided for download onto such a recording medium.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0022] Further aspects and advantages of the techniques presented herein will become apparent from the following description of embodiments and the accompanying drawings, wherein:

Fig. 1 schematically illustrates an example transmitter implementation for transmitting on a frequency resource.

Fig. 2 illustrates an example of carrier aggregation over a contiguous spectrum.

Fig. 3 illustrates an example of carrier aggregation over a non-contiguous spectrum.

Fig. 4 schematically illustrates an example transmitter implementation for transmitting on multiple frequency resources.

Fig. 5 shows a flow diagram of a method embodiment for implementing a transmitter operable to transmit on multiple frequency resources.

Fig. 6 schematically illustrates an embodiment of a transmitter implementation for transmitting on multiple frequency resources.

Fig. 7 shows a flow diagram of a method embodiment for transmitting on multiple frequency resources.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION



[0023] In the following description of preferred embodiments, for purposes of explanation and not limitation, specific details are set forth (such as particular transmitter stage components and sequences of steps) in order to provide a thorough understanding of the present invention. It will be apparent to one skilled in the art that the present invention is defined and limited only by the scope of the appended claims. It is evident that the techniques presented herein are not restricted to be implemented in LTE-Advanced systems exemplarily described hereinafter but may also be used in conjunction with other telecommunication systems.

[0024] Moreover, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the functions and steps explained herein below may be implemented using software functioning in conjunction with a programmed microprocessor, an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) or a general purpose computer. It will also be appreciated that while the following embodiments will primarily be described in context with methods and devices, the invention may also be embodied in a computer program product as well as in a system comprising a computer processor and a memory coupled to the processor, wherein the memory is encoded with one or more programs that may perform the functions and steps disclosed herein.

[0025] LTE-Advanced systems are designed to transmit across bandwidths and spectra exceeding 20 MHz. In order to allow for backwards compatibility, the bandwidth or spectrum transmitted upon by an LTE-Advanced system is separated into frequency resources (sometimes called "component carriers") which are themselves backwards compatible. In one scenario, a frequency resource may be a component carrier as utilized by an LTE legacy system. In an implementation example, a component carrier, and thus a frequency resource, may have a bandwidth up to 20 MHz and may be composed of resource blocks (comprising sub-carriers) which may be transmitted over.

[0026] More generally, a frequency resource may be thought of as a series of resource blocks having a bandwidth spanning a portion of a spectrum and existing for a span of N consecutive symbols in the time domain. Such time domain symbols may be OFDM (e.g., SC-FDMA) symbols, and the bandwidth of the resource block may span or include M consecutive subcarriers. Thus a resource block is a block of NxM resource elements. Accordingly, LTE-Advanced systems have the potential to transmit upon multiple frequency resources, the individual frequency resources having the potential for different bandwidths. Examples of resource blocks are further discussed in the 3GPP Technical Specification 36.211 V8.7.0 (2009-05).

[0027] As described previously in the Background Section, to achieve an LTE-Advanced system, transmitter stage 100 depicted in Fig. 1 may be generalized to allow for transmission on multiple frequency resources substantially simultaneously, as, for example, shown in Fig. 4. As further previously discussed, a generalized transmitter stage, such as that shown in Fig. 4, exhibits an increasing power amplifier metric as the number of frequency resources scheduled for or handled by the transmitter increases. The increasing power amplifier metric requires that a correspondingly larger power back-off has to be built into the power amplifier of the generalized transmitter stage shown in Fig. 4. Building such a larger power back-off into a transmitter stage increases the overall size of the transmitter stage, thus undesirably bulking up the transmitter and causing increased power consumption.

[0028] To overcome the problem of an LTE-Advanced system transmitter exhibiting an increasing power amplifier metric as the number of frequency resources which are scheduled for the transmitter stage increases, the following embodiments apply a DFT coding per set of frequency resources as will be discussed below with reference to Figs. 5 to 7. Because numerous frequency resources are divided into sets of frequency resources, each set of frequency resources has a limited number of frequency resources. Thus, DFT coding applied to a set of frequency resources is applied to a limited number of frequency resources.

[0029] The transmitter stage may also include multiple power amplifiers. Output for transmission over each set of frequency resources may be amplified at different power amplifiers such that each set of frequency resources is associated with an individual power amplifier and output transmitted over the set of frequency resources amplified by that amplifier. By amplifying output to be transmitted on sets of frequency resources per associated power amplifier, the power amplifier metric per power amplifier may be kept relatively low. Thus, the power back-off built into the power amplifier(s) may be reduced. In one aspect, reducing the number of non-contiguous frequency resources that are encoded by a single DFT reduces the power amplifier metric for the associated power amplifier.

[0030] A terminal operable to transmit on multiple frequency resources, such as, for example, in the uplink, is provided. The frequency resources are divided into sets such that a limited number of frequency resources form a set: output to be transmitted on each set will later be amplified for transmission using different power amplifiers, one power amplifier per set, as discussed above. Frequency resources in each set are transmitted on utilizing clustered DFTS-OFDM (CL-DFTS-OFDM) with different CL-DFTS-OFDM modulators used for the different sets. Such a structure can be referred to as Multi-Carrier CL-DFTS-OFDM (MC-CL-DFTS-OFDM). Fig. 6 schematically illustrates an example of such an MC-CL-DFTS-OFDM system that may be implemented in a terminal such as a mobile telephone, a data card or a portable computer.

[0031] Fig. 5 is a flow diagram of a method embodiment for operating a transmitter stage 600 as shown in Fig. 6. At step 501, multiple DFT coders 605 are provided. At step 502, multiple OFDM modulators 610 are likewise provided. At step 503, the DFT coders 605 are coupled to their respective associated OFDM modulators 610. At step 504, multiple power amplifiers are provided and at step 505, the OFDM modulators 610 are coupled to their respective associated power amplifiers 620. Thus yielding the transmitter stage 600 shown in Fig. 6.

[0032] Referring to Fig. 6, in transmitter stage 600, each DFT coder 605 is coupled to an associated OFDM modulator 610 which in turn is coupled to an associated power amplifier 620 through a cyclic-prefix insertion stage 615. Each cyclic-prefix insertion stage 615 is operable to insert a cyclic prefix in the output from the respective OFDM modulator 610 before the output is amplified by the power amplifier 620 associated with the respective OFDM modulator 610.

[0033] As can be seen from Fig. 6, each individual power amplifier 620 amplifies OFDM modulator output for transmission over a set of frequency resources. As can further be seen from Fig. 6, the DFT coding of DFT coders 605 is applied per set of frequency resources such that modulation symbols coded by a DFT coder 605 are transmitted on a set of frequency resources located closely to each other in frequency (e.g., in the same frequency band). Thus, a DFT coding is applied per set of frequency resources and data output on a set of frequency resources is individually amplified by an associated power amplifier. Each set of frequency resources can have a limited number of frequency resources such that a DFT coding and corresponding OFDM modulation is applied per a limited set of frequency resources. By applying DFT coding and OFDM modulation per a limited number of frequency resources, the power amplification metric is reduced. More particularly, in one aspect, reducing the number of non-contiguous frequency resources coded with a DFT reduces the power amplification metric. This reduces the amount of back-off required in individual power amplifiers 620 receiving output from OFDM modulators 610.

[0034] In one optional aspect, the frequency resources forming a set of frequency resources are contiguous frequency resources in the same frequency band. This may also reduce the power amplification metric.

[0035] As shown in Fig. 6, a stream of modulation symbols is provided to DFT coders 605 by a demultiplexing stage 601. In an optional aspect, demultiplexing stage 601 can supply modulation symbols to each of DFT coders 605 such that each DFT coder 605 may be operable to output coded modulation symbols to its associated OFDM modulator 610 to allow the OFDM modulators 610 to output OFDM symbols for transmission on frequency resources substantially simultaneously. For example, demultiplexing stage 601 may supply modulation symbols to DFT coder 605b. DFT coder 605b may apply a DFT coding to the modulation symbols and pass the DFT-coded modulation symbols on to associated OFDM modulator 610b. OFDM modulator 610b may then output OFDM symbols for transmission on frequency resources 650b and 650c.

[0036] Fig. 7 is a flow diagram of a method embodiment for transmitting modulation symbols, which may be performed utilizing a transmitter stage such as transmitter stage 600 shown in Fig. 6.

[0037] At step 701, a DFT coding is applied by DFT coders 605 per set of symbols to be transmitted on the associated set of frequency resources. At step 702, OFDM modulation is applied by the respective OFDM modulators 610 per set of DFT coded symbols to output sets of OFDM symbols for transmission on sets of frequency resources. At step 703, a cyclic-prefix is inserted at cyclic-prefix insertion stage 615. At step 704, power amplifiers 620 amplify modulator output for transmission over sets of frequency resources such that each power amplifier 620 amplifies output for transmission over an associated set of frequency resources.

[0038] Referring to Fig. 6, power amplifier 620a amplifies output from OFDM modulator 610a for transmission over frequency resource 650a. Power amplifier 620b amplifies output from OFDM modulator 610b for transmission over the set of frequency resources comprising frequency resource 650b and frequency resource 650c. Power amplifier 620c amplifies output from OFDM modulator 610c for transmission over the set of frequency resources comprising frequency resource 650d and frequency resource 650e. Because the sets of frequency resources include a limited number of frequency resources, each DFT coding, OFDM modulation and power amplification is applied per a limited number of frequency resources, reducing the power amplification metric per power amplifier.

[0039] Frequency resource 650a is separated from the frequency resources associated with power amplifier 650b by gap 660a. Similarly, the frequency resources associated with power amplifier 650b are separated from the frequency resources associated with power amplifier 650c by gap 660b. Thus, frequency resources 650 may be spectrum aggregated to achieve an aggregated bandwidth for the transmission of modulation signals or other data utilizing transmission stage 600 of Fig. 6.

[0040] According to a further aspect, a transmitter stage can be selected or configured which approximates one of the transmitter stages shown in Fig. 4 or Fig. 6. The selection of which structure to use for an uplink transmission may depend on the number of frequency resources that a terminal is scheduled to transmit upon. For example, in the event that a terminal has sufficient individual power amplifiers to amplify modulation output for transmission on each scheduled frequency resource individually, output to be transmitted on the frequency resources may be individually amplified, one frequency resource per power amplifier, as opposed to being amplified per sets of more than one frequency resources. In an alternative embodiment, the structure to be used is determined based on the number of power amplifiers allocated per user.

[0041] In addition to or as yet another aspect, the terminal and the network may negotiate which structure to use for different scenarios. For example, in a scenario where the number of frequency resources a terminal is scheduled to transmit on is less than or equal to the available power amplifiers, the power amplifiers may each amplify modulator output for transmission over a single frequency resource, even if the spectrum is contiguous.

[0042] By applying DFT coding per set of limited number of frequency resources, for example to a limited number of non-contiguous frequency resources, or amplifying sets of frequency resources per power amplifier, the advantage of a minimized power amplifier metric is achieved, thus allowing for smaller power amplifiers and allowing for a reduction in power consumption and power amplifier size. Thus the techniques disclosed herein provide an approach for transmitting and a transmitter stage yielding a power amplifier metric that is low when transmitting utilizing multiple frequency resources in an LTE-Advanced system. Further advantages of the disclosed techniques include maintaining a low power amplifier metric when transmitting over either frequency resource or spectrum aggregation aggregated spectra.

[0043] The achievement of a low power amplifier metric over the addition of multiple frequency resources allows for an inherently scalable system. Furthermore, because individual frequency resources are themselves backwards compatible in that they allow for use with legacy devices which may utilize a single frequency resource, a backwards compatible and scalable system which minimizes the power amplifier metric is achieved. In addition, this allows for the utilization of non-contiguous spectrum segments, thus enabling for the flexible addition of spectra or changing spectrum use, enhancing system flexibility.

[0044] It is believed that many advantages of the present invention will be fully understood from the forgoing description, and it will be apparent that various changes may be made in the form, construction and arrangement of the exemplary aspects thereof without departing from the scope of the invention or without sacrificing all of its advantages. Because the invention can be varied in many ways, it will be recognized that the invention should be limited only by the scope of the following claims.


Claims

1. A method of transmitting modulation symbols on multiple component carriers (650), comprising:

applying (701), to two or more sets of modulation symbols, a Discrete Fourier Transform, DFT, coding (605; 605b; 605a) per said set of modulation symbols, wherein a first set of said two or more sets of modulation symbols is to be transmitted on a set of component carriers (410a, 410b; 650b, 650c; 650d, 650e) scheduled for a same power amplifier (620b; 620c), wherein said component carriers of said set of component carriers are non-contiguous relative to each other;

applying (702) Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing, OFDM, modulation per said first and second sets of DFT coded modulation symbols to output a first set of OFDM symbols for transmission on said set of component carriers, and output a second set of OFDM symbols for transmission on at least one additional component carrier (650a) distinct from said set of component carriers; and

applying (704) power amplification per said set of component carriers and per said at least one additional component carrier.


 
2. The method of claim 1, wherein each of the component carriers has a spectrum bandwidth spanning a frequency range compatible in bandwidth to a telecommunication system spectrum bandwidth.
 
3. The method of claim 2, wherein the spectrum bandwidth is defined by the spectrum bandwidth of a legacy telecommunication system.
 
4. The method of any of claims 1 to 3, further comprising demultiplexing a stream of modulation symbols to form said two or more sets of modulation symbols.
 
5. The method of any of claims 1 to 4, wherein the component carriers of said set of component carriers are non-contiguous with said at least one additional component carrier.
 
6. The method of any of claims 1 to 5, wherein the method is implemented in a terminal, and comprises negotiating, with a network, usage of said method so as to transmit said network over said terminal utilizing said method.
 
7. The method of any of claims 1 to 6, further comprising inserting (703) cyclic-prefixes in OFDM modulated output.
 
8. The method of any of claims 1 to 7, wherein each component carrier comprises a series of resource blocks having a bandwidth spanning a portion of a spectrum and existing for a span of N consecutive symbols in the time domain.
 
9. An apparatus (600) being configured to perform the steps of any of claims 1 to 8.
 
10. A computer program product comprising program code portions comprising instructions to perform, when run on a computer, the steps of any of claims 1 to 8.
 
11. The computer program product of claim 10, stored on a computer-readable recording medium.
 


Ansprüche

1. Verfahren zum Übertragen von Modulationssymbolen über mehrere Komponententräger (650), umfassend:

Anwenden (701), für zwei oder mehr Sätze von Modulationssymbolen, einer diskreten Fourier-Transformations-(DFT-) Kodierung (605; 605b; 605a) pro Satz von Modulationssymbolen, wobei ein erster Satz der zwei oder mehr Sätze von Modulationssymbolen über einen Satz von Komponententrägern (410a, 410b; 650b, 650c; 650d, 650e), die für einen gleichen Leistungsverstärker (620b; 620c) geplant sind, zu übertragen ist, wobei die Komponententräger des Satzes von Komponententrägern in Bezug aufeinander nicht aneinandergrenzend sind;

Anwenden (702) von Orthogonal-Frequenzmultiplex- (OFDM-) Modulation pro erstem und zweitem Satz der DFT-kodierten Modulationssymbole, um einen ersten Satz von OFDM-Symbolen zur Übertragung über den Satz von Komponententrägern auszugeben und um einen zweiten Satz von OFDM-Symbolen zur Übertragung über zumindest einen zusätzlichen Komponententräger (650a), der sich von dem Satz von Komponententrägern unterscheidet, auszugeben; und

Anwenden (704) von Leistungsverstärkung pro Satz der Komponententräger und pro dem zumindest einen zusätzlichen Komponententräger.


 
2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei jeder der Komponententräger eine Spektrenbandbreite hat, die einen Frequenzbereich überspannt, der in Bezug auf die Bandbreite mit einer Spektrenbandbreite eines Telekommunikationssystems kompatibel ist.
 
3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 2, wobei die Spektrenbandbreite durch die Spektrenbandbreite eines Alttelekommunikationssystems definiert ist.
 
4. Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3, ferner umfassend Demultiplexen eines Stroms von Modulationssymbolen, um die zwei oder mehr Sätze von Modulationssymbolen zu bilden.
 
5. Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, wobei die Komponententräger des Satzes von Komponententrägern nicht an den zumindest einen zusätzlichen Komponententräger angrenzen.
 
6. Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5, wobei das Verfahren in einem Endgerät implementiert ist und Vermitteln, mit einem Netzwerk, der Verwendung des Verfahrens umfasst, um so das Netzwerk über das Endgerät unter Verwendung des Verfahrens zu übertragen.
 
7. Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 6, ferner umfassend Einfügen (703) von zyklischen Präfixen in einer OFDM-modulierten Ausgabe.
 
8. Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 7, wobei jeder Komponententräger eine Reihe von Ressourcenblocks mit einer Bandbreite, die einen Abschnitt eines Spektrums überspannt und für eine Spanne von N aufeinanderfolgenden Symbolen in der Zeitdomäne existiert, umfasst.
 
9. Vorrichtung (600), die dazu konfiguriert ist, die Schritte nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 8 durchzuführen.
 
10. Computerprogrammprodukt umfassend Programmcodeabschnitte umfassend Anweisungen zum Durchführen, wenn diese auf einem Computer ausgeführt werden, der Schritte nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 8.
 
11. Computerprogrammprodukt nach Anspruch 10, gespeichert auf einem computerlesbaren Aufzeichnungsmedium.
 


Revendications

1. Procédé de transmission de symboles de modulation sur des porteuses de composantes multiples (650), comprenant :

l'application (701), à deux ou plusieurs ensembles de symboles de modulation, d'un codage de transformée de Fourier discrète, DFT, (605 ; 605b ; 605a) pour ledit ensemble de symboles de modulation, dans lequel un premier ensemble desdits deux ou plusieurs ensembles de symboles de modulation doit être transmis sur un ensemble de porteuses de composantes (410a, 410b ; 650b, 650c ; 650d, 650e) prévues pour un même amplificateur de puissance (620b ; 620c), dans lequel lesdites porteuses de composantes dudit ensemble de porteuses de composantes sont non contiguës les unes aux autres ;

l'application (702) d'une modulation de multiplexage par répartition orthogonale de la fréquence, OFDM, pour lesdits premier et second ensembles de symboles de modulation codés par DFT pour produire un premier ensemble de symboles OFDM pour une transmission sur ledit ensemble de porteuses de composantes, et produire un second ensemble de symboles OFDM pour une transmission sur au moins une porteuse de composantes supplémentaire (650a) distincte dudit ensemble de porteuses de composantes ; et

l'application (704) d'une amplification de puissance pour ledit ensemble de porteuses de composantes et pour ladite au moins une porteuse de composantes supplémentaire.


 
2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel chacune des porteuses de composantes a une largeur de bande spectrale couvrant une plage de fréquences compatible en largeur de bande à une largeur de bande spectrale de système de télécommunication.
 
3. Procédé selon la revendication 2, dans lequel la largeur de bande spectrale est définie par la largeur de bande spectrale d'un système de télécommunication hérité.
 
4. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, comprenant en outre le démultiplexage d'un flux de symboles de modulation pour former lesdits deux ou plusieurs ensembles de symboles de modulation.
 
5. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, dans lequel les porteuses de composantes dudit ensemble de porteuses de composantes sont non contiguës avec ladite au moins une porteuse de composantes supplémentaire.
 
6. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5, dans lequel le procédé est mis en oeuvre dans un terminal, et comprend le fait de négocier, avec un réseau, une utilisation dudit procédé de façon à transmettre ledit réseau sur ledit terminal utilisant ledit procédé.
 
7. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 6, comprenant en outre l'insertion (703) de préfixes cycliques dans une sortie modulée OFDM.
 
8. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 7, dans lequel chaque porteuse de composantes comprend une série de blocs de ressource ayant une largeur de bande couvrant une partie d'un spectre et existant pour une étendue de N symboles consécutifs dans le domaine temporel.
 
9. Appareil (600) configuré pour réaliser les étapes selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8.
 
10. Produit de programme informatique comprenant des parties de code de programme comprenant des instructions pour réaliser, lorsqu'elles sont exécutées sur un ordinateur, les étapes selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8.
 
11. Produit de programme informatique selon la revendication 10, stocké sur un support d'enregistrement lisible par ordinateur.
 




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