(19)
(11)EP 3 442 133 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
04.11.2020 Bulletin 2020/45

(21)Application number: 18187569.1

(22)Date of filing:  06.08.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H04B 7/06(2006.01)
H04L 5/00(2006.01)
H04W 74/00(2009.01)
H04W 74/08(2009.01)

(54)

DEVICE AND METHOD OF HANDLING PHYSICAL RANDOM ACCESS CHANNEL RESOURCES ON A SECONDARY CELL FOR A COMMUNICATION DEVICE IN CARRIER AGGREGATION

VORRICHTUNG UND VERFAHREN ZUR HANDHABUNG VON PHYSIKALISCHEN DIREKTZUGRIFFSKANALRESSOURCEN AUF EINER SEKUNDÄRZELLE FÜR EINE KOMMUNIKATIONSVORRICHTUNG IN DER TRÄGERAGGREGATION

DISPOSITIF ET PROCÉDÉ DE GESTION DE RESSOURCES DE CANAL PHYSIQUE D'ACCÈS ALÉATOIRE SUR UNE CELLULE SECONDAIRE POUR UN DISPOSITIF DE COMMUNICATION DANS UNE AGRÉGATION DE PORTEUSES


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL 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 RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 07.08.2017 US 201762541795 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
13.02.2019 Bulletin 2019/07

(73)Proprietor: HTC Corporation
Taoyuan City 330, (TW)

(72)Inventors:
  • WU, Chih-Hsiang
    Taoyuan City 330 (TW)
  • MENG, Ling-San
    Taoyuan City 330 (TW)

(74)Representative: Carstens, Dirk Wilhelm 
Wagner & Geyer Partnerschaft mbB Patent- und Rechtsanwälte Gewürzmühlstraße 5
80538 München
80538 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2016/086144
  
      
    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

    Background of the Invention


    1. Field of the Invention



    [0001] The present invention relates to a base station and communication device used in a wireless communication system, and more particularly, to a base station and communication device for handling Physical Random Access Channel (PRACH) resources on a secondary cell (SCell) for a communication device in carrier aggregation (CA).

    2. Description of the Prior Art



    [0002] A new radio (NR) system, developed recently in the 3rd generation partnership project (3GPP), is regarded as a NR interface and radio network architecture that provides a high data rate, a low latency, a packet optimization, and an improved system capacity and coverage.

    [0003] WO 2016/086144 A1 relates to a system for performing a random access procedure. A wireless transmit/receive unit is configured to receive a plurality of random access resource sets, where each of the plurality of random access resource sets is associated with a node-B directional beam, select multiple random access resource sets from among the plurality of random access resource sets based on the node-B directional beams, and initiate an random access procedure based on the selected multiple random access resource sets. The random access procedure includes selecting multiple preambles, each corresponding to one of the selected multiple random access resource sets. The WTRU is configured to sequentially transmit the selected multiple preambles in sequential random access transmissions, and is configured to receive, from a node-B, in response to the random access transmissions, at least one random access response, where each of the received random access responses corresponds to one of the transmitted multiple preambles.

    Summary of the Invention



    [0004] The present invention therefore provides a base station and communication device for handling Physical Random Access Channel (PRACH) resources on a secondary cell (SCell) for a communication device in carrier aggregation (CA) to solve the abovementioned problem.

    [0005] According to one aspect of the present invention, a base station (BS) for handling PRACH resources on a SCell for the communication device in CA is provided as set forth in claim 1. According to another aspect of the present invention, a communication device for handling PRACH resources on a SCell for the communication device in CA is provided as set forth in claim 10.Preferred embodiments of the present invention may be gathered from the dependent claims.

    [0006] These and other objectives of the present invention will no doubt become obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art after reading the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment that is illustrated in the various figures and drawings.

    Brief Description of the Drawings



    [0007] 

    Fig. 1 is a schematic diagram of a wireless communication system according to an example of the present invention.

    Fig. 2 is a schematic diagram of a communication device according to an example of the present invention.

    Fig. 3 is a flowchart of a process according to an example of the present invention.

    Fig. 4 is a flowchart of a process according to an example of the present invention.

    Fig. 5 is a flowchart of a process according to an example of the present invention.

    Fig. 6 is a flowchart of a process according to an example of the present invention.


    Detailed Description



    [0008] Fig. 1 is a schematic diagram of a wireless communication system 10 according to an example of the present invention. The wireless communication system 10 is briefly composed of a network and a plurality of communication devices. The network and a communication device may communicate with each other via one or more carriers of licensed band(s) and/or unlicensed band(s). The network and the communication device may communicate with each other via one or multiple cells (e.g., multiple carriers) belonging to one or multiple base stations (BSs). The abovementioned cells may be operated in the same or different duplexing modes, i.e., frequency-division duplexing (FDD), time-division duplexing (TDD) or flexible duplexing.

    [0009] In Fig. 1, the network and the communication devices are simply utilized for illustrating the structure of the wireless communication system 10. The network may include a radio access network (RAN) and a core network (CN) . The RAN may include at least one base station. The RAN may comprise a new radio (NR) RAN (or called a fifth generation (5G) RAN or next generation (NG) RAN), evolved NR RAN or a sixth generation (6G) RAN. The CN may be a 5G core (5GC) network, an evolved 5GC or 6G core.

    [0010] A communication device may be a user equipment (UE), a mobile phone, a laptop, a tablet computer, an electronic book, a portable computer system, a vehicle, a ship or an aircraft. In addition, the network and the communication device can be seen as a transmitter or a receiver according to direction (i.e., transmission direction), e.g., for an uplink (UL), the communication device is the transmitter and the network is the receiver, and for a downlink (DL), the network is the transmitter and the communication device is the receiver.

    [0011] Fig. 2 is a schematic diagram of a communication device 20 according to an example of the present invention. The communication device 20 may be a communication device or the network shown in Fig. 1, but is not limited herein. The communication device 20 may include at least one processing circuit 200 such as a microprocessor or Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), at least one storage device 210 and at least one communication interfacing device 220. The at least one storage device 210 may be any data storage device that may store program codes 214, accessed and executed by the at least one processing circuit 200. Examples of the at least one storage device 210 include but are not limited to a subscriber identity module (SIM), read-only memory (ROM), flash memory, random-access memory (RAM), hard disk, optical data storage device, non-volatile storage device, non-transitory computer-readable medium (e.g., tangible media), etc. The at least one communication-interfacing device 220 is preferably at least one transceiver and is used to transmit and receive signals (e.g., data, messages and/or packets) according to processing results of the at least one processing circuit 200.

    [0012] In the following examples, a UE is used to represent a communication device in Fig. 1, to simplify the illustration of the examples.

    [0013] A process 30 in Fig. 3 is utilized in a BS in a network shown in Fig. 1, and includes the following steps:
    Step 300: Start.
    Step 302: The BS transmits a radio resource control (RRC) message configuring a secondary cell (SCell) to a UE, wherein the RRC message comprises a PRACH resources configuration for the SCell, a downlink (DL) beam management (BM) reference signal (RS) configuration for the SCell and an association between a plurality of PRACH resources and a plurality of DL transmission (Tx) beams.
    Step 304: The BS transmits a plurality of DL BM RSs to the UE by using the plurality of DL Tx beams on the SCell, respectively, according to the DL BM RS configuration.
    Step 306: The BS receives a measurement report of the plurality of DL BM RSs from the UE on a primary cell (PCell) .
    Step 308: The BS determines (e.g., decides, selects, chooses or generates) a DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams according to the measurement report.
    Step 310: The BS transmits a Physical DL Control Channel (PDCCH) order to the UE by using the DL Tx beam, wherein the PDCCH order comprises a PRACH mask index indicating at least one PRACH resource of the plurality of PRACH resources.
    Step 312: The BS determines a PRACH resource indicated in the PDCCH order to the UE according to the measurement report and the association.
    Step 314: End.


    [0014] In one example, the plurality of DL BM RSs include (e.g., are) a plurality of channel status information reference signals (CSI-RSs), and the DL BM RS configuration includes (e.g., is) a configuration of the plurality of CSI-RSs. In one example, the plurality of DL BM RSs include a plurality of synchronization signal blocks (SSBs), and the DL BM RS configuration includes a configuration of the plurality of SSBs.

    [0015] In one example, the association indicates that a plurality of CSI-RS indices correspond to the plurality of PRACH resources, respectively. In one example, the association indicates that a plurality of SSB indices correspond to the plurality of PRACH resources, respectively.

    [0016] In one example, the BS configures the PCell for receiving the measurement report. The BS may include (e.g., indicate) a UL control resource in the RRC message to the UE, and may transmit an activation message to the UE to activate the SCell. If the BS indicates the UL control resource and transmits the activation message, the BS expects and receives the measurement report from the UE on the UL control resource. If the BS indicates the UL control resource and does not transmit the activation message, the BS receives the measurement report on the UL control resource from the UE after transmitting the RRC message. In one example, the BS indexes the plurality of DL BM RSs, and receives a plurality of DL BM RS indices with associated quality assessments. For example, the BS receives a plurality of CSI-RS indices associated to Channel -Quality Indicators (CQIs) and/or Reference Signal Receiving Powers (RSRPs) transmitted by the UE on a Physical UL Control Channel (PUCCH) resource configured in the RRC message.

    [0017] In one example, the BS includes (e.g., indicates) a preamble format for the SCell in the RRC message. In one example, the BS includes a capability of beam correspondence on the SCell in the RRC message. In one example, the BS indicates the capability via an explicit bit field in the RRC message. In one example, the BS implicitly conveys information via the preamble format. For example, the preamble format compatible with a UL reception (Rx) beam sweeping operation implies lack of beam correspondence of the BS on the SCell.

    [0018] In one example, the BS transmits the PDCCH order to the UE by using each of the plurality of DL Tx beams. That is, the BS performs a DL Tx beam sweeping. The PDCCH order may be a DL control message. In one example, the BS determines (e.g., decides to use) the DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams, if a beam quality of the DL Tx beam is the best beam quality. In one example, the BS determines the DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams, if the beam quality of the DL Tx beam is greater than a threshold. The threshold may be predetermined by the BS.

    [0019] In one example, the PDCCH order includes a preamble sequence index indicating a preamble sequence. The preamble sequence may be included in the DL control message. In one example, the PDCCH order includes the PRACH mask index (i.e., a PRACH resource index) indicating the PRACH resource. The PRACH resource may be included in the DL control message.

    [0020] In one example, the BS determines a plurality of UL Rx beams for receiving UL data on the plurality of PRACH resources, respectively. That is, the plurality of UL Rx beams correspond to the plurality of PRACH resources, respectively. In one example, the PRACH resource corresponds to a UL Rx beam which has the same spatial direction as that of the DL Tx beam. In one example, the BS detects the preamble sequence on the PRACH resource indicated (by the PRACH mask index) in the PDCCH order to the UE by using the UL Rx beam.

    [0021] In one example, the BS determines the PRACH resource indicated (by the PRACH mask index) in the PDCCH order to the UE according to a resource utilization loading. In one example, the BS includes (e.g., indicates) a preamble format supporting a UL Rx beam sweeping in the RRC message. The BS receives a preamble from the UE on the PRACH resource by using each of the plurality of UL Rx beams. That is, the BS performs the UL Rx beam sweeping. In one example, the BS determines a UL Rx beam of the plurality of UL Rx beams on which the BS successfully detects the preamble transmitted by the UE. In one example, the BS determines the UL Rx beam of the plurality of UL Rx beams on which the BS has the best detection result, e.g., a highest correlation value, for the preamble transmitted by the UE over the plurality of UL Rx beams. In one example, the BS detects the preamble transmitted by the UE on each of the plurality of PRACH resources by using the plurality of UL Rx beams. In one example, the BS determines a UL Rx beam which has the same spatial direction as that of the DL Tx beam, and detects the preamble on the PRACH resource indicated (by the PRACH mask index) in the PDCCH order to the UE by using the UL Rx beam.

    [0022] In one example, the BS obtains a timing advance (TA) estimation, after successfully detecting the preamble sequence (or the preamble) . The TA estimation may be an estimate of a distance from the UE or an estimate of a signal propagation time from the UE. In one example, the BS adjusts a UL transmission timing of the UE according to the TA estimation, to align a UL transmission.

    [0023] A process 40 in Fig. 4 is utilized in a UE, and includes the following steps:
    Step 400: Start.
    Step 402: The UE receives a RRC message configuring a SCell from a BS, wherein the RRC message comprises a PRACH resources configuration for the SCell, a DL BM RS configuration for the SCell and an association between a plurality of PRACH resources and a plurality of DL Tx beams.
    Step 404: The UE receives a plurality of DL BM RSs from the BS by using the plurality of DL Tx beams on the SCell, respectively, according to the DL BM RS configuration.
    Step 406: The UE generates a measurement report of the plurality of DL BM RSs according to the plurality of DL BM RSs.
    Step 408: The UE transmits the measure report to the BS on a PCell.
    Step 410: The UE receives a PDCCH order from the BS by using a DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams, wherein the PDCCH order comprises a PRACH mask index indicating at least one PRACH resource of the plurality of PRACH resources.
    Step 412: The UE determines a PRACH resource indicated in the PDCCH order according to the measurement report and the association.
    Step 414: End.


    [0024] In one example, the plurality of DL BM RSs include (e.g., are) a plurality of CSI-RSs, and the DL BM RS configuration includes (e.g., is) a configuration of the plurality of CSI-RSs. In one example, the plurality of DL BM RSs include a plurality of SSBs, and the DL BM RS configuration includes a configuration of the plurality of SSBs.

    [0025] In one example, the UE receives the RRC message indicating a UL control resource from the BS, and transmits the measurement report to the BS on the UL control resource. In one example, the UE measures qualities of CQI(s) and/or RSRP(s) of the plurality of CSI-RSs (or the plurality of SSBs), and transmits a measurement report of the CQI(s) and/or RSRP(s) of the plurality of CSI-RSs (or the plurality of SSBs) to the BS on a PUCCH resource configured in the RRC message. In one example, the UE transmits the measurement report of the plurality of DL BM RSs to the BS, after receiving an activation message for the SCell from the BS. In one example, the UE does not transmit the measurement report of the plurality of DL BM RSs to the BS.

    [0026] In one example, the UE receives a preamble format for the SCell in the RRC message from the BS. In one example, the UE receives a capability of beam correspondence on the SCell in the RRC message from the BS. In one example, the UE obtains the capability via an explicit bit field in the RRC message. In one example, the UE implicitly obtains information via the preamble format. For example, the preamble format compatible with a UL Rx beam sweeping operation implies lack of beam correspondence of the BS on the SCell.

    [0027] In one example, the UE receives the PDCCH order from the BS for triggering a transmission of a preamble sequence (or a preamble) . The PDCCH order may be a DL control message. In one example, the UE blindly detects the PDCCH order in a plurality of DL control regions, wherein the plurality of DL control regions correspond to the plurality of DL Tx beams, respectively. In one example, the UE blindly detects the PDCCH order in a DL control region correspond to the DL Tx beam, after determining the DL Tx beam according to the measurement report.

    [0028] In one example, the UE receives a preamble sequence index indicating the preamble sequence in the PDCCH order (or in the DL control message) from the BS. In one example, the UE receives the PRACH mask index (i.e., a PRACH resource index) indicating the PRACH resource in the PDCCH order (or in the DL control message) from the BS. In one example, the UE determines (e.g., decides to use) the DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams, if a beam quality of the DL Tx beam is the best beam quality, e.g., the highest CQI and/or RSRP. The UE determines the PRACH resource corresponding to the DL Tx beam. In one example, the UE transmits the preamble sequence (or the preamble) on the PRACH resource to the BS by using a UL Rx beam according to the preamble format.

    [0029] A process 50 in Fig. 5 is utilized in a BS in a network shown in Fig. 1, and includes the following steps:
    Step 500: Start.
    Step 502: The BS transmits a RRC message configuring a SCell to a UE, wherein the RRC message comprises a PRACH resources configuration for the SCell and a DL BM RS configuration for the SCell.
    Step 504: The BS transmits a plurality of DL BM RSs to the UE by using a plurality of DL Tx beams on the SCell, respectively, according to the DL BM RS configuration.
    Step 506: The BS receives a measurement report of the plurality of DL BM RSs from the UE on a PCell.
    Step 508: The BS determines a DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams according to the measurement report.
    Step 510: The BS transmits a DL control message to the UE, to instruct the UE to perform a random access (RA).
    Step 512: The BS determines a PRACH resource indicated in the DL control message to the UE according to the measurement report.
    Step 514: End.


    [0030] In one example, the plurality of DL BM RSs include (e.g., are) a plurality of CSI-RSs, and the DL BM RS configuration includes (e.g., is) a configuration of the plurality of CSI-RSs. In one example, the plurality of DL BM RSs include a plurality of SSBs, and the DL BM RS configuration includes a configuration of the plurality of SSBs.

    [0031] In one example, the BS configures the PCell for receiving the measurement report. The BS may include (e.g., indicate) a UL control resource in the RRC message to the UE, and may transmit an activation message to the UE to activate the SCell. If the BS indicates the UL control resource and transmits the activation message, the BS expects and receives the measurement report from the UE on the UL control resource. If the BS indicates the UL control resource and does not transmit the activation message, the BS receives the measurement report on the UL control resource from the UE after transmitting the RRC message. In one example, the BS indexes the plurality of DL BM RSs, and receives a plurality of DL BM RS indices with associated quality assessments. For example, the BS receives a plurality of CSI-RS indices associated to CQIs and/or RSRPs transmitted by the UE on a PUCCH resource configured in the RRC message.

    [0032] In one example, the BS includes (e.g., indicates) a preamble format for the SCell in the RRC message. In one example, the BS includes a capability of beam correspondence on the SCell in the RRC message. In one example, the BS indicates the capability via an explicit bit field in the RRC message. In one example, the BS implicitly conveys information via the preamble format. For example, the preamble format compatible with a UL Rx beam sweeping operation implies lack of beam correspondence of the BS on the SCell.

    [0033] In one example, the BS transmits the DL control message to the UE on a PDCCH. In this case, the DL control message may be a PDCCH order. In one example, the DL control message is a Medium Access Control (MAC) control element. In one example, the BS transmits the DL control message by using each of the plurality of DL Tx beams . That is, the BS performs a DL Tx beam sweeping. In one example, the BS determines (e.g., decides to use) the DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams, if a beam quality of the DL Tx beam is the best beam quality. In one example, the BS determines the DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams, if the beam quality of the DL Tx beam is greater than a threshold. The threshold may be predetermined by the BS.

    [0034] In one example, the DL control message includes a preamble sequence index indicating a preamble sequence. In one example, the DL control message includes a PRACH mask index (i.e., a PRACH resource index) indicating at least one PRACH resource including the PRACH resource.

    [0035] In one example, the BS determines a plurality of UL Rx beams for receiving UL data on the plurality of PRACH resources, respectively. That is, the plurality of UL Rx beams correspond to the plurality of PRACH resources, respectively. In one example, the PRACH resource corresponds to a UL Rx beam which has the same spatial direction as that of the DL Tx beam. In one example, the BS detects the preamble sequence on the PRACH resource indicated (by the PRACH mask index) in the DL control message to the UE by using the UL Rx beam.

    [0036] In one example, the BS determines the PRACH resource indicated (by the PRACH mask index) in the DL control message to the UE according to a resource utilization loading. In one example, the BS includes (e.g., indicates) a preamble format supporting a UL Rx beam sweeping in the RRC message. The BS receives a preamble from the UE on the PRACH resource by using each of the plurality of UL Rx beams. That is, the BS performs the UL Rx beam sweeping. In one example, the BS determines a UL Rx beam of the plurality of UL Rx beams on which the BS successfully detects the preamble transmitted by the UE. In one example, the BS determines the UL Rx beam of the plurality of UL Rx beams on which the BS has the best detection result, e.g., a highest correlation value, for the preamble transmitted by the UE over the plurality of UL Rx beams.

    [0037] A process 60 in Fig. 6 is utilized in a UE, and includes the following steps:
    Step 600: Start.
    Step 602: The UE receives a RRC message configuring a SCell from a BS, wherein the RRC message comprises a PRACH resources configuration for the SCell and a DL BM RS configuration for the SCell.
    Step 604: The UE receives a plurality of DL BM RSs from the BS by using a plurality of DL Tx beams on the SCell, respectively, according to the DL BM RS configuration.
    Step 606: The UE generates a measurement report of the plurality of DL BM RSs according to the plurality of DL BM RSs.
    Step 608: The UE transmits the measure report to the BS on a PCell.
    Step 610: The UE receives a DL control message from the BS, to instruct the UE to perform a RA.
    Step 612: The UE determines a PRACH resource indicated in the DL control message according to the measurement report.
    Step 614: End.


    [0038] In one example, the plurality of DL BM RSs include (e.g., are) a plurality of CSI-RSs, and the DL BM RS configuration includes (e.g., is) a configuration of the plurality of CSI-RSs. In one example, the plurality of DL BM RSs include a plurality of SSBs, and the DL BM RS configuration includes a configuration of the plurality of SSBs.

    [0039] In one example, the UE receives the RRC message indicating a UL control resource from the BS, and transmits the measurement report to the BS on the UL control resource. In one example, the UE measures qualities of CQI(s) and/or RSRP(s) of the plurality of CSI-RSs (or the plurality of SSBs), and transmits a measurement report of the CQI(s) and/or RSRP(s) of the plurality of CSI-RSs (or the plurality of SSBs) to the BS on a PUCCH resource configured in the RRC message. In one example, the UE transmits the measurement report of the plurality of DL BM RSs to the BS, after receiving an activation message for the SCell from the BS.

    [0040] In one example, the UE receives a preamble format for the SCell in the RRC message from the BS. In one example, the UE receives a capability of beam correspondence on the SCell in the RRC message from the BS. In one example, the UE obtains the capability via an explicit bit field in the RRC message. In one example, the UE implicitly obtains information via the preamble format. For example, the preamble format compatible with a UL Rx beam sweeping operation implies lack of beam correspondence of the BS on the SCell.

    [0041] In one example, the UE receives the DL control message from the BS for triggering a transmission of a preamble sequence (or a preamble). The DL control message may be a PDCCH order or a MAC control element. In one example, the UE blindly detects the DL control message in a plurality of DL control regions, wherein the plurality of DL control regions correspond to the plurality of DL Tx beams, respectively. In one example, the UE blindly detects the DL control message in a DL control region correspond to the DL Tx beam, after determining the DL Tx beam according to the measurement report.

    [0042] In one example, the UE receives a preamble sequence index indicating the preamble sequence in the DL control message from the BS. In one example, the UE receives a PRACH mask index (i.e., a PRACH resource index) indicating at least one PRACH resource including the PRACH resource in the DL control message from the BS. In one example, the UE transmits the preamble sequence (or the preamble) on the PRACH resource to the BS by using a UL Rx beam according to the preamble format.

    [0043] Those skilled in the art should readily make combinations, modifications and/or alterations on the abovementioned description and examples. For example, the skilled person easily makes new embodiments of the network based on the embodiments and examples of the UE, and makes new embodiments of the UE based on the embodiments and examples of the network. The abovementioned description, steps and/or processes including suggested steps can be realized by means that could be hardware, software, firmware (known as a combination of a hardware device and computer instructions and data that reside as read-only software on the hardware device), an electronic system, or combination thereof. An example of the means may be the communication device 20. Any of the above processes and examples above may be compiled into the program codes 214.

    [0044] To sum up, the present invention provides a base station and a communication device for handling PRACH resources on a SCell for a UE in CA. A BS or the UE determines a PRACH resource according to qualities of a plurality of DL Tx beams. Thus, the problem how to determine the PRACH resource on a SCell for the UE in a NR system is solved.


    Claims

    1. A base station, BS, for handling Physical Random Access Channel, PRACH, resources on a secondary cell, SCell, for a communication device in carrier aggregation, CA, comprising:

    at least one storage device (210); and

    at least one processing circuit (200), coupled to the at least one storage device (210), wherein the at least one storage device (210) stores, and the at least one processing circuit (200) is configured to execute, instructions of:

    transmitting (302) a radio resource control, RRC, message configuring the SCell to the communication device, wherein the RRC message comprises a PRACH resources configuration for the SCell, a downlink, DL, beam management, BM, reference signal, RS, configuration for the SCell and an association between a plurality of PRACH resources and a plurality of DL transmission, Tx, beams;

    transmitting (304) a plurality of DL BM RSs to the communication device by using the plurality of DL Tx beams on the SCell, respectively, according to the DL BM RS configuration;

    receiving (306) a measurement report of the plurality of DL BM RSs from the communication device on a primary cell, PCell;

    determining (308) a DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams according to the measurement report;

    transmitting (310) a Physical DL Control Channel, PDCCH, order to the communication device by using the DL Tx beam, wherein the PDCCH order comprises a PRACH mask index indicating at least one PRACH resource of the plurality of PRACH resources; and

    determining (312) a PRACH resource indicated in the PDCCH order to the communication device according to the measurement report and the association.


     
    2. The BS of claim 1, wherein the plurality of DL BM RSs comprise a plurality of channel status information reference signals, CSI-RSs, or a plurality of synchronization signal blocks, SSBs.
     
    3. The BS of claim 1, wherein the instructions further comprise:
    comprising a preamble format for the SCell in the RRC message.
     
    4. The BS of claim 1, wherein the instructions further comprise:
    transmitting the PDCCH order to the communication device by using each of the plurality of DL Tx beams.
     
    5. The BS of claim 1, wherein the instructions further comprise:

    determining the DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams, if a beam quality of the DL Tx beam is the best beam quality; or

    determining the DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams, if the beam quality of the DL Tx beam is greater than a threshold.


     
    6. The BS of claim 1, wherein the PDCCH order comprises a preamble sequence index indicating a preamble sequence.
     
    7. The BS of claim 1, wherein the PRACH resource corresponds to a uplink, UL, reception, Rx, beam which has the same spatial direction as that of the DL Tx beam.
     
    8. The BS of claim 1, wherein the instructions further comprise:

    detecting a preamble sequence on the PRACH resource indicated in the PDCCH order by using a UL Rx beam; and

    obtaining a timing advance, TA, estimation, after detecting the preamble sequence.


     
    9. The BS of claim 1, wherein the instructions further comprise:
    determining the PRACH resource indicated in the PDCCH order according to a resource utilization loading.
     
    10. A communication device (20) for handling Physical Random Access Channel, PRACH, resources on a secondary cell, SCell, for the communication device (20) in carrier aggregation, CA, comprising:

    at least one storage device (210); and

    at least one processing circuit (200), coupled to the at least one storage device (210), wherein the at least one storage device (210) stores, and the at least one processing circuit (200) is configured to execute, instructions of:

    receiving (402) a radio resource control, RRC, message configuring the SCell from a base station, BS, wherein the RRC message comprises a PRACH resources configuration for the SCell, a downlink, DL, beam management, BM, reference signal, RS, configuration for the SCell and an association between a plurality of PRACH resources and a plurality of DL transmission, Tx, beams;

    receiving (404) a plurality of DL BM RSs from the BS by using the plurality of DL Tx beams on the SCell, respectively, according to the DL BM RS configuration;

    generating (406) a measurement report of the plurality of DL BM RSs according to the plurality of DL BM RSs;

    transmitting (408) the measurement report to the BS on a primary cell, PCell;

    receiving (410) a Physical DL Control Channel, PDCCH, order from the BS by using a DL Tx beam of the plurality of DL Tx beams, wherein the PDCCH order comprises a PRACH mask index indicating at least one PRACH resource of the plurality of PRACH resources; and

    determining (412) a PRACH resource indicated in the PDCCH order according to the measurement report and the association.


     
    11. The communication device of claim 10, wherein the plurality of DL BM RSs comprise a plurality of channel status information reference signals, CSI-RSs, or a plurality of synchronization signal blocks, SSBs.
     
    12. The communication device of claim 10, wherein the instructions further comprise:

    receiving a preamble format for the SCell in the RRC message from the BS; and

    transmitting a preamble sequence on the PRACH resource to the BS by using an uplink, UL, reception, Rx, beam according to the preamble format.


     
    13. The communication device of claim 10, wherein the instructions further comprise:
    detecting the PDCCH order in a plurality of DL control regions, wherein the plurality of DL control regions correspond to the plurality of DL Tx beams, respectively.
     
    14. The communication device of claim 10, wherein the PDCCH order comprises a preamble sequence index indicating a preamble sequence.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Eine Basisstation, BS, zur Handhabung von physikalischen Zufallszugriffkanal-, PRACH- (PRACH = Physical Random Access Channel), Ressourcen auf einer Sekundärzelle, SCell (SCell = Secondary Cell), für eine Kommunikationsvorrichtung in Trägeraggregation, CA (CA = Carrier Aggregation), wobei die BS Folgendes aufweist:

    mindestens eine Speichervorrichtung (210); und

    mindestens eine Verarbeitungsschaltung (200), die mit der mindestens einen Speichervorrichtung (210) gekoppelt ist, wobei die mindestens eine Speichervorrichtung (210) folgende Anweisungen speichert und die mindestens eine Verarbeitungsschaltung (200) konfiguriert ist, diese auszuführen:

    Übertragen (302) einer Funkressourcensteuerungs-, RRC- (RRC = Radio Resource Control), Nachricht, die die SCell konfiguriert, an die Kommunikationsvorrichtung, wobei die RRC-Nachricht eine PRACH-Ressourcenkonfiguration für die SCell, eine Abwärtstrecken-, DL- (DL = Downlink), Strahlmanagement-, BM-(BM = Beam Management), Referenzsignal-, RS-, Konfiguration für die SCell und eine Zuordnung zwischen einer Vielzahl von PRACH-Ressourcen und einer Vielzahl von DL-Übertragungs-, Tx- (Tx = Transmission), Strahlen aufweist;

    Übertragen (304) einer Vielzahl von DL BM RS zu der Kommunikationsvorrichtung unter Verwendung der Vielzahl von entsprechenden DL Tx-Strahlen auf der SCell entsprechend der DL BM RS-Konfiguration;

    Empfangen (306) eines Messberichts der Vielzahl von DL BM RSs von der Kommunikationsvorrichtung auf einer Primärzelle, PCell (PCell = Primary Cell);

    Bestimmen (308) eines DL Tx-Strahls aus der Vielzahl von DL Tx-Strahlen entsprechend dem Messbericht;

    Übertragen (310) einer physikalischen DL-Steuerkanal-, PDCCH-(PDCCH = Physical Downlink Control Channel), Anforderung zu der Kommunikationsvorrichtung unter Verwendung des DL Tx-Strahls, wobei die PDCCH-Anforderung einen PRACH-Maskenindex aufweist, der mindestens eine PRACH-Ressource der Vielzahl von PRACH-Ressourcen anzeigt; und

    Bestimmen (312) einer in der PDCCH-Anforderung an die Kommunikationsvorrichtung angegebenen PRACH-Ressource entsprechend dem Messbericht und der Zuordnung.


     
    2. Die BS nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Vielzahl von DL BM RSs eine Vielzahl von Kanalstatusinformationsreferenzsignalen, CSI-RSs (CSI-RS = Channel Status Reference Signal), oder eine Vielzahl von Synchronisationssignalblöcken, SSBs, aufweist.
     
    3. Die BS nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Anweisungen ferner Folgendes aufweisen:
    Aufweisen eines Präambelformats für die SCell in der RRC-Nachricht.
     
    4. Die BS nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Anweisungen ferner Folgendes aufweisen:
    Übertragen der PDCCH-Anforderung an die Kommunikationsvorrichtung unter Verwendung jedes der mehreren DL Tx-Strahlen.
     
    5. Die BS nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Anweisungen ferner Folgendes aufweisen: Übertragen des PDCCH-Befehls an die Kommunikationsvorrichtung unter Verwendung jedes der mehreren DL Tx-Strahlen:

    Bestimmen des DL Tx-Strahls aus der Vielzahl von DL Tx-Strahlen, wenn eine Strahlqualität des DL Tx-Strahls die beste Strahlqualität ist; oder

    Bestimmung des DL Tx-Strahls aus der Vielzahl von DL Tx-Strahlen, wenn die Strahlqualität des DL Tx-Strahls größer als ein Schwellenwert ist.


     
    6. Die BS nach Anspruch 1, wobei die PDCCH-Reihenfolge einen Präambelsequenzindex aufweist, der eine Präambelsequenz angibt.
     
    7. Die BS nach Anspruch 1, wobei die PRACH-Ressource einem Aufwärtsstrecken-, UL- (UL = Uplink) Empfangs-, Rx- (Rx = Reception) Strahl entspricht, der die gleiche räumliche Richtung wie der DL-Tx-Strahl hat.
     
    8. Die BS nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Anweisungen ferner Folgendes aufweisen:

    Erfassen einer Präambelsequenz auf der PRACH-Ressource, die in der PDCCH-Reihenfolge angegeben ist, unter Verwendung eines UL-Rx-Strahls; und

    Erlangung einer zeitlichen Vorlauf, TA (TA = Timing Advance), Schätzung, nach Erfassen der Präambelsequenz.


     
    9. Die BS nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Anweisungen ferner Folgendes aufweisen:
    Bestimmen der in der PDCCH-Reihenfolge angegebenen PRACH-Ressource gemäß einer Ressourcennutzungsauslastung.
     
    10. Eine Kommunikationsvorrichtung (20) Handhabung von physikalischen Zufallszugriffkanal-, PRACH- (PRACH = Physical Random Access Channel), Ressourcen auf einer Sekundärzelle, SCell (SCell = Secondary Cell), für die Kommunikationsvorrichtung in Trägeraggregation, CA (CA = Carrier Aggregation), die Folgendes aufweist:

    mindestens eine Speichervorrichtung (210); und

    mindestens eine Verarbeitungsschaltung (200), die mit der mindestens einen Speichervorrichtung (210) gekoppelt ist, wobei die mindestens eine Speichervorrichtung (210) folgende Anweisungen speichert und die mindestens eine Verarbeitungsschaltung (200) konfiguriert ist, diese auszuführen:

    Empfangen (402) einer Funkressourcensteuerungs-, RRC- (RRC = Radio Resource Control), Nachricht, die die SCell konfiguriert, von einer Basisstation, BS, wobei die RRC-Nachricht eine PRACH-Ressourcenkonfiguration für die SCell, eine Abwärtstrecken-, DL-(DL = Downlink), Strahlmanagement-, BM- (BM = Beam Management), Referenzsignal-, RS-, Konfiguration für die SCell und eine Zuordnung zwischen einer Vielzahl von PRACH-Ressourcen und einer Vielzahl von DL-Übertragungs-, Tx- (Tx = Transmission), Strahlen aufweist;

    Empfangen (404) einer Vielzahl von DL BM RSs von der BS unter Verwendung der Vielzahl von entsprechenden DL Tx-Strahlen auf der SCell entsprechend der DL BM RS-Konfiguration;

    Erzeugen (406) eines Messberichts der Vielzahl von DL BM RSs gemäß der Vielzahl von DL BM RSs;

    Übertragen (408) des Messberichts an die BS auf einer Primärzelle, PCell;

    Empfangen (410) einer physikalischen DL-Steuerkanal-, PDCCH-(PDCCH = Physical Downlink Control Channel), Anforderung von der BS unter Verwendung des DL Tx-Strahls aus der Vielzahl von DL Tx Strahlen, wobei die PDCCH-Anforderung einen PRACH-Maskenindex aufweist, der mindestens eine PRACH-Ressource der Vielzahl von PRACH-Ressourcen anzeigt; und

    Bestimmen (412) einer in der PDCCH-Anforderung angegebenen PRACH-Ressource entsprechend dem Messbericht und der Zuordnung.


     
    11. Die Kommunikationsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 10, wobei die Vielzahl von DL BM RSs eine Vielzahl von Kanalstatusinformationsreferenzsignalen, CSI-RSs (CSI-RS = Channel Status Reference Signal), oder eine Vielzahl von Synchronisationssignalblöcken, SSBs, aufweist.
     
    12. Die Kommunikationsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 10, wobei die Anweisungen ferner Folgendes aufweisen:

    Empfangen eines Präambelformats für die SCell in der RRC-Nachricht von der BS; und

    Übertragen einer Präambelsequenz auf der PRACH-Ressource an die BS unter Verwendung eines Aufwärtsstrecken-, UL- (UL = Uplink) Empfangs-, Rx- (Rx = Reception) Strahl entsprechend dem Präambelformat.


     
    13. Die Kommunikationsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 10, wobei die Anweisungen ferner Folgendes aufweisen:
    Erfassen der PDCCH-Reihenfolge in einer Vielzahl von DL-Steuerbereichen, wobei die Vielzahl von DL-Steuerbereichen jeweils der Vielzahl von DL-Tx-Strahlen entspricht.
     
    14. Die Kommunikationsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 10, wobei die PDCCH-Reihenfolge einen Präambelsequenzindex aufweist, der eine Präambelsequenz anzeigt.
     


    Revendications

    1. Station de base, BS, destinée à gérer des ressources de canal d'accès aléatoire physique, PRACH, sur une cellule secondaire, SCell, pour un dispositif de communication dans une agrégation de porteuses, CA, comprenant :

    au moins un dispositif de stockage (210) ; et

    au moins un circuit de traitement (200), couplé audit au moins un dispositif de stockage (210), dans lequel ledit au moins un dispositif de stockage stocke (210), et ledit au moins un circuit de traitement (200) est configuré pour exécuter, des instructions de :

    transmission (302) d'un message de commande de ressources radio, RRC, configurant la SCell au dispositif de communication, dans lequel le message de RRC comprend une configuration de ressources de PRACH pour la SCell, une configuration de signal de référence, RS, de gestion de faisceau, BM, de liaison descendante, DL, pour la SCell et une association entre une pluralité de ressources de PRACH et une pluralité de faisceaux de transmission, Tx, de DL ;

    transmission (304) d'une pluralité de RS de BM de DL au dispositif de communication en utilisant la pluralité de faisceaux de Tx de DL sur la SCell, respectivement, selon la configuration de RS de BM de DL ;

    réception (306) d'un rapport de mesure de la pluralité de RS de BM de DL provenant du dispositif de communication sur une cellule primaire, PCell ;

    détermination (308) d'un faisceau de Tx de DL de la pluralité de faisceaux de Tx de DL selon le rapport de mesure ;

    transmission (310) d'un ordre de canal de commande de DL physique, PDCCH, au dispositif de communication en utilisant le faisceau de Tx de DL, dans lequel l'ordre de PDCCH comprend un index de masque de PRACH indiquant au moins une ressource de PRACH de la pluralité de ressources de PRACH ; et

    détermination (312) d'une ressource de PRACH indiquée dans l'ordre de PDCCH au dispositif de communication selon le rapport de mesure et l'association.


     
    2. BS selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la pluralité de RS de BM de DL comprend une pluralité de signaux de référence d'informations d'état de canal, CSI-RS, ou une pluralité de blocs de signaux de synchronisation, SSB.
     
    3. BS selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle les instructions comprennent en outre :
    l'inclusion d'un format de préambule pour la SCell dans le message de RRC.
     
    4. BS selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle les instructions comprennent en outre :
    la transmission de l'ordre de PDCCH au dispositif de communication en utilisant chaque faisceau de la pluralité de faisceaux de Tx de DL.
     
    5. BS selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle les instructions comprennent en outre :

    la détermination du faisceau de Tx de DL de la pluralité de faisceaux de Tx de DL, si une qualité de faisceau du faisceau de Tx de DL est la meilleure qualité de faisceau ; ou

    la détermination du faisceau de Tx de DL de la pluralité de faisceaux de Tx de DL, si la qualité de faisceau du faisceau de Tx de DL est supérieure à un seuil.


     
    6. BS selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle l'ordre de PDCCH comprend un index de séquence de préambule indiquant une séquence de préambule.
     
    7. BS selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la ressource de PRACH correspond à un faisceau de réception, Rx, de liaison montante, UL, qui a la même direction spatiale que celle du faisceau de Tx de DL.
     
    8. BS selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle les instructions comprennent en outre :

    la détection d'une séquence de préambule sur la ressource de PRACH indiquée dans l'ordre de PDCCH en utilisant un faisceau de Rx de UL ; et

    l'obtention d'une estimation d'avance temporelle, TA, après la détection de la séquence de préambule.


     
    9. BS selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle les instructions comprennent en outre :
    la détermination de la ressource de PRACH indiquée dans l'ordre de PDCCH selon un chargement d'utilisation de ressources.
     
    10. Dispositif de communication (20) destiné à gérer des ressources de canal d'accès aléatoire physique, PRACH, sur une cellule secondaire, SCell, pour le dispositif de communication (20) dans une agrégation de porteuses, CA, comprenant :

    au moins un dispositif de stockage (210) ; et

    au moins un circuit de traitement (200), couplé audit au moins un dispositif de stockage (210), dans lequel ledit au moins un dispositif de stockage (210) stocke, et ledit au moins un circuit de traitement (200) est configuré pour exécuter, des instructions de :

    réception (402) d'un message de commande de ressources radio, RRC, configurant la SCell provenant d'une station de base, BS, dans lequel le message de RRC comprend une configuration de ressources de PRACH pour la SCell, une configuration de signal de référence, RS, de gestion de faisceau, BM, de liaison descendante, DL, pour la SCell et une association entre une pluralité de ressources de PRACH et une pluralité de faisceaux de transmission, Tx, de DL ;

    réception (404) d'une pluralité de RS de BM de DL provenant de la BS en utilisant la pluralité de faisceaux de Tx de DL sur la SCell, respectivement, selon la configuration de RS de BM de DL ;

    génération (406) d'un rapport de mesure de la pluralité de RS de BM de DL selon la pluralité de RS de BM de DL ;

    transmission (408) du rapport de mesure de la pluralité de RS de BM de DL à la BS sur une cellule primaire, PCell ;

    réception (410) d'un ordre de canal de commande de DL physique, PDCCH, provenant de la BS en utilisant un faisceau de Tx de DL, dans lequel l'ordre de PDCCH comprend un index de masque de PRACH indiquant au moins une ressource de PRACH de la pluralité de ressources de PRACH ; et

    détermination (412) d'une ressource de PRACH indiquée dans l'ordre de PDCCH selon le rapport de mesure et l'association.


     
    11. Dispositif de communication selon la revendication 10, dans lequel la pluralité de RS de BM de DL comprend une pluralité de signaux de référence d'informations d'état de canal, CSI-RS, ou une pluralité de blocs de signaux de synchronisation, SSB.
     
    12. Dispositif de communication selon la revendication 10, dans lequel les instructions comprennent en outre :

    la réception d'un format de préambule pour la SCell dans le message de RRC provenant de la BS ; et

    la transmission d'une séquence de préambule sur la ressource de PRACH à la BS en utilisant un faisceau de réception, Rx, de liaison montante, UL, selon le format de préambule.


     
    13. Dispositif de communication selon la revendication 10, dans lequel les instructions comprennent en outre :
    la détection de l'ordre de PDCCH dans une pluralité de régions de commande de DL, dans lequel la pluralité de régions de commande de DL correspond à la pluralité de faisceaux de Tx de DL, respectivement.
     
    14. Dispositif de communication selon la revendication 10, dans lequel l'ordre de PDCCH comprend un index de séquence de préambule indiquant une séquence de préambule.
     




    Drawing























    Cited references

    REFERENCES CITED IN THE DESCRIPTION



    This list of references cited by the applicant is for the reader's convenience only. It does not form part of the European patent document. Even though great care has been taken in compiling the references, errors or omissions cannot be excluded and the EPO disclaims all liability in this regard.

    Patent documents cited in the description