(19)
(11)EP 3 687 251 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION
published in accordance with Art. 153(4) EPC

(43)Date of publication:
29.07.2020 Bulletin 2020/31

(21)Application number: 19754261.6

(22)Date of filing:  14.02.2019
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H04W 72/04(2009.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/KR2019/001834
(87)International publication number:
WO 2019/160362 (22.08.2019 Gazette  2019/34)
(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
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 14.02.2018 US 201862630259 P
03.05.2018 KR 20180050945
08.05.2018 US 201862668791 P
11.05.2018 US 201862670706 P

(71)Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
07336 SEOUL (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • JO, Soonki
    Seoul 06772 (KR)
  • YI, Yunjung
    Seoul 06772 (KR)
  • SEO, Inkwon
    Seoul 06772 (KR)

(74)Representative: Plasseraud IP 
66, rue de la Chaussée d'Antin
75440 Paris Cedex 09
75440 Paris Cedex 09 (FR)

  


(54)METHOD FOR DETERMINING SLOT FORMAT IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND APPARATUS THEREFOR


(57) A method of determining a slot format by a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes receiving a resource configuration including information on at least one uplink (UL)/downlink (DL) resource pattern through higher layer signaling; and determining a slot format to be applied to each specific periodicity based on the resource configuration, wherein, if the resource configuration includes information on a plurality of UL/DL resource patterns, the specific periodicity is determined via a combination of a first periodicity related to a first UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns and a second periodicity related to a second UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns, and an integer multiple of the specific periodicity is time-aligned with a predefined time length.




Description

TECHNICAL FIELD



[0001] The present disclosure relates to a wireless communication system and, more particularly, to a method of determining a slot format including downlink, uplink, and/or flexible symbol(s) by a user equipment and/or a base station and an apparatus therefor.

BACKGROUND



[0002] First, the existing 3GPP LTE / LTE-A system will be briefly described. Referring to FIG. 1, the UE performs an initial cell search (S101). In the initial cell search process, the UE receives a Primary Synchronization Channel (P-SCH) and a Secondary Synchronization Channel (S-SCH) from a base station, performs downlink synchronization with the BS, and acquires information such as a cell ID. Thereafter, the UE acquires system information (e.g., MIB) through a PBCH (Physical Broadcast Channel). The UE can receive the DL RS (Downlink Reference Signal) and check the downlink channel status.

[0003] After the initial cell search, the UE can acquire more detailed system information (e.g., SIBs) by receiving a Physical Downlink Control Channel (PDCCH) and a Physical Downlink Control Channel (PDSCH) scheduled by the PDCCH (S102).

[0004] The UE may perform a random access procedure for uplink synchronization. The UE transmits a preamble (e.g., Msg1) through a physical random access channel (PRACH) (S103), and receives a response message (e.g., Msg2) for the preamble through PDCCH and PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH. In the case of a contention-based random access, a contention resolution procedure such as additional PRACH transmission (S105) and PDCCH/PDSCH reception (S106) may be performed.

[0005] Then, the UE can perform PDCCH/PDSCH reception (S107) and Physical Uplink Shared Channel (PUSCH)/Physical Uplink Control Channel (PUCCH) transmission (S108) as a general uplink/downlink signal transmission procedure. The UE can transmit UCI (Uplink Control Information) to the BS. The UCI may include HARQ ACK/NACK (Hybrid Automatic Repeat reQuest Acknowledgment/Negative ACK), SR (Scheduling Request), CQI (Channel Quality Indicator), PMI (Precoding Matrix Indicator) and/or RI etc.

DISCLOSURE


TECHNICAL OBJECT



[0006] An object of the present disclosure is to provide a method of more accurately and efficiently determining a slot format by a UE and a BS and an apparatus therefor.

[0007] The objects of the present disclosure are not limited to what has been particularly described hereinabove and other objects not described herein will be more clearly understood from embodiments of the present disclosure.

TECHNICAL SOLUTION



[0008] According to an aspect of the present disclosure, provided herein is a method of determining a slot format by a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system, including receiving a resource configuration including information on at least one uplink (UL)/downlink (DL) resource pattern through higher layer signaling; and determining a slot format to be applied to each specific periodicity based on the resource configuration. If the resource configuration includes information on a plurality of UL/DL resource patterns, the specific periodicity may be determined via a combination of a first periodicity related to a first UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns and a second periodicity related to a second UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns, and an integer multiple of the specific periodicity may be time-aligned with a predefined time length.

[0009] According to another aspect of the present disclosure, provided herein is a method of determining a slot format by a base station (BS) in a wireless communication system, including transmitting a resource configuration including information on at least one uplink (UL)/downlink (DL) resource pattern through higher layer signaling; and determining a slot format to be applied to each specific periodicity based on the resource configuration. If the resource configuration includes information on a plurality of UL/DL resource patterns, the specific periodicity may be determined via a combination of a first periodicity related to a first UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns and a second periodicity related to a second UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns, and an integer multiple of the specific periodicity may be time-aligned with a predefined time length.

[0010] According to another aspect of the present disclosure, provided herein is a user equipment (UE) including a transceiver; and a processor configured to receive a resource configuration including information on at least one uplink (UL)/downlink (DL) resource pattern through higher layer signaling by controlling the transceiver and determine a slot format to be applied to each specific periodicity based on the resource configuration. If the resource configuration includes information on a plurality of UL/DL resource patterns, the specific periodicity may be determined via a combination of a first periodicity related to a first UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns and a second periodicity related to a second UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns, and an integer multiple of the specific periodicity may be time-aligned with a predefined time length.

[0011] According to another aspect of the present disclosure, provided herein is a base station (BS) including a transceiver; and a processor configured to transmit a resource configuration including information on at least one uplink (UL)/downlink (DL) resource pattern through higher layer signaling by controlling the transceiver and determine a slot format to be applied to each specific periodicity based on the resource configuration. If the resource configuration includes information on a plurality of UL/DL resource patterns, the specific periodicity may be determined via a combination of a first periodicity related to a first UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns and a second periodicity related to a second UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns, and an integer multiple of the specific periodicity may be time-aligned with a predefined time length

[0012] The predefined time length may be 20 ms and the integer multiple of the specific periodicity may be 20 ms.

[0013] The first periodicity may be 0.5 ms, 0.625 ms, 1 ms, 1.25 ms, 2 ms, 2.5 ms, 5 ms, or 10 ms. The second periodicity may be 0.5 ms, 0.625 ms, 1 ms, 1.25 ms, 2 ms, 2.5 ms, 5 ms, or 10 ms. The specific periodicity may be the sum of the first periodicity and the second periodicity. The combination of the first periodicity and the second periodicity may be determined such that the sum of the first periodicity and the second periodicity is a factor of 20 ms.

[0014] The UE may receive first downlink control information (DCI) including first slot format related information (SFI) by periodically monitoring a group common (GC)-physical downlink control channel (PDCCH). The UE may acquire a slot format combination indicated by the first SFI among slot format combinations of a slot format table preconfigured for the UE. When a duration of the slot format combination indicated by the first SFI is longer than a monitoring periodicity of the GC-PDCCH, the UE may receive second DCI including second SFI within the duration of the slot format combination indicated by the first SFI. The first SFI and the second SFI may indicate the same slot format for the same slot.

ADVANTAGEOUS EFFECTS



[0015] According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, when a plurality of uplink (UL)/downlink (DL) resource patterns is assigned to a UE through higher layer signaling, since the sum of periodicities of the assigned resource patterns is configured to be a predefined size, application of the resource patterns and time alignment related to a slot format may be clearly and efficiently performed.

[0016] It will be appreciated by persons skilled in the art that that the effects that can be achieved through the present disclosure are not limited to what has been particularly described hereinabove and other advantages of the present disclosure will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS



[0017] 

FIG. 1 illustrates physical channels used in a 3GPP LTE/LTE-A system and a normal signal transmission method using the physical channels.

FIG. 2 illustrates truncation of semi-static D/U assignment according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 3 illustrates truncation of semi-static D/U assignment according to another embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 4 illustrates a time at which UL RRC configuration cancellation is accepted, in consideration of a PUSCH preparation time (i.e., N2) and timing advance (TA), according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 5 illustrates a flow of a slot format determination method according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 6 illustrates user equipment and a base station according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.


DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS



[0018] The following description of embodiments of the present disclosure may apply to various wireless access systems including CDMA (code division multiple access), FDMA (frequency division multiple access), TDMA (time division multiple access), OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access), SC-FDMA (single carrier frequency division multiple access) and the like. CDMA can be implemented with such a radio technology as UTRA (universal terrestrial radio access), CDMA 2000 and the like. TDMA can be implemented with such a radio technology as GSM/GPRS/EDGE (Global System for Mobile communications)/General Packet Radio Service/Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution). OFDMA can be implemented with such a radio technology as IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi), IEEE 802.16 (WiMAX), IEEE 802.20, E-UTRA (Evolved UTRA), etc. UTRA is a part of UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System). 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) LTE (long term evolution) is a part of E-UMTS (Evolved UMTS) that uses E-UTRA. 3GPP LTE adopts OFDMA in downlink and adopts SC-FDMA in uplink. LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) is an evolved version of 3GPP LTE.

[0019] For clarity, the following description mainly concerns 3GPP LTE system or 3GPP LTE-A system, by which the technical idea of the present disclosure may be non-limited. Specific terminologies used in the following description are provided to help understand the present disclosure and the use of the terminologies can be modified to a different form within a scope of the technical idea of the present disclosure.

[0020] As many as possible communication devices have demanded as high as communication capacity and, thus, there has been a need for enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) communication compared with legacy radio access technology (RAT) in a recently discussed next-generation communication system. In addition, massive machine type communications (mMTC) for connecting a plurality of devices and objects to provide various services anytime and anywhere is also one of factors to be considered in next-generation communication. In addition, in consideration of a service/UE that is sensitive to reliability and latency, ultra-reliable and low latency communication (URLLC) has been discussed for a next-generation communication system.

[0021] As such, new RAT that considers eMBB, mMTC, URLCC, and so on has been discussed for next-generation wireless communication.

[0022] Some LTE/LTE-A operations and configuration that are not at variance to a design of New RAT may also be applied to new RAT. For convenience, new RAT may be referred to as 5G mobile communication.

<NR Frame Structure and Physical Resource>



[0023] In an NR system, downlink (DL) and downlink (UL) transmission may be performed through frames having duration of 10 ms and each frame may include 10 subframes. Accordingly, 1 subframe may correspond to 1 ms. Each frame may be divided into two half-frames.

[0024] 1 subframe may include Nsymbsubframe,µ=Nsymbslot ∗Nslotsubframe,µ contiguous OFDM symbols. Nsymbslot represents the number of symbols per slot, µ represents OFDM numerology, and Nslotsubframe,µ represents the number of slots per subframe with respect to corresponding µ. In NR, multiple OFDM numerologies shown in Table 1 below may be supported.
Table 1
µΔf = 2µ·15[kHz]Cyclic prefix
0 15 Normal
1 30 Normal
2 60 Normal, Extended
3 120 Normal
4 240 Normal


[0025] In Table 1 above, Δf refers to subcarrier spacing (SCS). µ and cyclic prefix with respect to a DL carrier bandwidth part (BWP) and µ and cyclic prefix with respect to a UL carrier BWP may be configured for a UE via UL signaling.

[0026] Table 2 below shows the number of Nsymbslot of symbols per slot, the number Nslotframe,µ of symbols per frame, and the number Nslotsubframe,µ of slots per subframe with respect to each SCS in the case of normal CP.
Table 2
µ





0 14 10 1
1 14 20 2
2 14 40 4
3 14 80 8
4 14 160 16
5 14 320 32


[0027] Table 3 below shows the number Nsymbslot of symbols per slot, the number Nslotframe,µ of slots per frame, and the number Nslotsubframe,µ of slots per subframe with respect to each SCS in the ca se of extended CP.
Table 3
µ





2 12 40 4


[0028] As such, in an NR system, the number of slots included in 1 subframe may be changed according to subcarrier spacing (SCS). OFDM symbols included in each slot may correspond to any one of D (DL), U (UL), and X (flexible). DL transmission may be performed in a D or X symbol and UL transmission may be performed in a U or X symbol. A Flexible resource (e.g., X symbol) may also be referred to as a Reserved resource, an Other resource, or a Unknown resource.

[0029] In NR, one resource block (RB) may correspond to 12 subcarriers in the frequency domain. A RB may include a plurality of OFDM symbols. A resource element (RE) may correspond to 1 subcarrier and 1 OFDM symbol. Accordingly, 12 REs may be present on 1 OFDM symbol in 1 RB.

[0030] A carrier BWP may be defined as a set of contiguous physical resource blocks (PRBs). The carrier BWP may also be simply referred to a BWP. A maximum of 4 BWPs may be configured for each of UL/DL link in 1 UE. Even if multiple BWPs are configured, 1 BWP may be activated for a given time period. However, when a supplementary uplink (SUL) is configured in a UE, 4 BWPs may be additionally configured for the SUL and 1 BWP may be activated for a given time period. A UE may not be expected to receive a PDSCH, a PDCCH, a channel state information - reference signal (CSI-RS), or a tracking reference signal (TRS) out of the activated DL BWP. In addition, the UE may not be expected to receive a PUSCH or a PUCCH out of the activated UL BWP.

<NR DL Control Channel>



[0031] In an NR system, a transmissions NR system, a transmission unit of a control channel may be defined as a resource element group (REG) and/or a control channel element (CCE), etc.

[0032] An REG may correspond to 1 OFDM symbol in the time domain and may correspond to 1 PRB in the frequency domain. In addition, 1 CCE may correspond to 6 REGs. The number of CCEs constituting one control channel candidate may differ according to an aggregation level (AL). For example, when the AL is N, the control channel candidate may include N CCEs.

[0033] A control resource set (CORESET) and a search space (SS) are briefly described now. The CORESET may be a set of resources for control signal transmission and the search space may be aggregation of control channel candidates for perform blind detection. The search space may be configured for the CORESET. For example, when one search space is defined on one CORESET, a CORESET for a common search space (CSS) and a CORESET for a UE-specific search space (USS) may each be configured. As another example, a plurality of search spaces may be defined in one CORESET. For example, the CSS and the USS may be configured for the same CORESET. In the following example, the CSS may refer to a CORESET with a CSS configured therefor and the USS may refer to a CORESET with a USS configured therefor, or the like.

[0034] A BS may signal information about the CORESET to a UE. For example, a CORESET configuration for each CORESET may be signaled. As an example, at least one of a time duration (e.g., 1/2/3 symbols), a frequency-domain resource (e.g., an RB set), an REG-to-CCE mapping type (e.g., an interleaved or non-interleaved type), a precoding granularity, an REG bundling size (e.g., in the case of the interleaved mapping type), an interleaver size (e.g., in the case of the interleaved mapping type), or a demodulation reference signal (DMRS) configuration (e.g., a scrambling ID) may be signaled through the CORESET configuration. If interleaving for distributing a CCE to a 1-symbol CORESET is applied, bundling of 2 or 6 REGs may be performed. For a 2-symbol CORESET, bundling of 2 or 6 REGs may be performed and time-first mapping may be applied. For a 3-symbol CORESET, bundling of 3 or 6 REGs may be performed and time-first mapping may be applied. When REG bundling is performed, the UE may assume that the same precoding is applied to a corresponding bundling unit.

<The UE operations related to slot format>



[0035] Slot format related information (SFI) may be directly/indirectly indicated through a group-common (GC) PDCCH (e.g., DCI format 2_0) and/or UE-specific DCI. A description which will be given hereinbelow is as follows. When the UE receives the SFI through the GC PDCCH and receives the SFI through the UE-specific DCI, a UE operation regarding which SFI a UE should conform to is defined. For example, a priority between the GC PDCCH and the UE-specific DCI may be configured. When the UE simultaneously includes two SFIs, which SFI the UE should conform to may be determined according to priority. In addition, an operation that may be performed by the UE when the reliability of the GC PDCCH and/or the UE-specific DCI is not sufficiently secured is defined. A relationship between the GC PDCCH and a semi-static configuration (e.g., DL/UL configuration information of each resource through RRC signaling) is also proposed.

[0036] A UE-specific SFI table may be configured per UE through higher layer signaling. For example, the SFI table may include a plurality of entries and each entry may indicate a combination of slot formats for a plurality of slots (e.g., a plurality of slots for a plurality of BWPs).

[0037] The GC PDCCH may indicate, to the UE, information (e.g., an index of an entry) as to which entry for slot formats is used among entries of the UE-specific SFI table configured for the UE. The UE-specific SFI table may have slot formats for slot(s) of various numbers and the GC PDCCH may indicate slot formats which will be used for slot(s) of various numbers according to situation. The GC PDCCH may be transmitted with a predetermined periodicity. The number (or length) of slots indicated in the UE-specific SFI table may be the same as the periodicity of the GC PDCCH or a multiple of the periodicity of the GC PDCCH. Alternatively, the number (or length) of slots indicated in the UE-specific SFI table may not be the same as the periodicity of the GC PDCCH or may not be a multiple of the periodicity of the GC PDCCH.

Slot format indication less than GC PDCCH periodicity



[0038] For example, the periodicity of the GC PDCCH may be 4 slots and each entry of the UE-specific SFI table may include slot formats for 2, 4, 6, or 8 slots. Any entry of the UE-specific SFI table may be indicated by the GC PDCCH regardless of the periodicity of the GC PDCCH.

[0039] In this case, if the number of slot(s) for which slot formats are indicated through the GC PDCCH is not equal to the periodicity of the GC PDCCH or is not a multiple of the periodicity of the GC PDCCH, even though the UE has correctly received the GC PDCCH, a slot for which the slot format is not clearly defined may occur. For example, if the number of slots for which slot formats are indicated through the GC PDCCH is 2 but the periodicity of the GC PDCCH is 4 slots, slot formats for 2 slots among the 4 slots located within the periodicity of the GC PDCCH may not be clearly defined.

[0040] Thus, the following options may be considered as the operation of the UE for a slot for which a slot format is not clearly defined.
  • Option 1: The UE may regard a corresponding slot as 'Unknown'.
  • Option 2: The UE may regard a corresponding slot as 'Downlink'.
  • Option 3: The UE may perform 'an operation that the UE should conform to when the UE fails to normally detect the GC PDCCH although the UE should receive the GC PDCCH' with respect to a corresponding slot.
  • Option 4: The UE may determine that the GC PDCCH that causes a slot for which a slot format is not defined as described above is false.

Relationship between GC PDCCH and earlier GC PDCCH



[0041] In a situation in which a first GC PDCCH (e.g., first DCI format 2_0 through the GC PDCCH) indicates slot formats for slots longer than the periodicity thereof, a second GC PDCCH, a third GC PDCCH, and the like may indicate slot formats in a next GC PDCCH period. In this case, slot(s) to which the slot formats indicated through the second GC PDCCH, the third GC PDCCH, and the like are applied may overlap with slot(s) to which the slot formats indicated through the first GC PDCCH are applied. This is simply referred to as overlapping between slot formats. Thus, slot format indication for one slot may be received once or more times by the UE through different GC PDCCHs.

[0042] In this situation, the following options may be considered as the operation of the UE for a corresponding slot.
  • Option 1: The UE may always conform to slot formats of the most recently received GC PDCCH.
  • Option 2: The UE may conform to slot formats of an existing GC PDCCH (e.g., first GC PDCCH) with respect to slots prior to a slot at which slot format overlapping occurs and conform to slot formats indicated by a new GC PDCCH (e.g., second GC PDCCH) with respect to slots starting from the slot at which slot format overlapping occurs.
  • Option 3: In slots in which slot format overlapping occurs, if slot formats indicated by an existing GC PDCCH are different from slot formats indicated by a new GC PDCCH, the UE may recognize that the new GC PDCCH carries incorrect information. For example, a network always indicates the same slot format for the same slot.


[0043] As an example of Option 3, it is assumed that a monitoring periodicity of a PDCCH (e.g., GC PDCCH) for DCI format 2_0 has been configured for a specific search space set through higher layer signaling and the UE has acquired a combination of slot formats through an SFI index field value of DCI format 2_0. If the configured PDCCH monitoring periodicity is shorter than a duration of the slot format combination obtained by the UE, the UE may detect two or more of DCI format 2_0 indicating a slot format for one slot. In this situation, the UE may expect that the two or more of DCI format 2_0 detected for one slot will indicate the same slot format. In the same meaning, the network (or BS) may generate/transmit twice or more DCI format 2_0 indicating the slot format for the one slot and should generate/transmit DCI format 2_0 so as to indicate the same slot format for DCI format 2_0 for one slot.

Period adjustment for semi-static D/U configuration with two periods



[0044] The network may inform the UE of a bundle (pattern) of resource directions D, flexible, and/or U having a predetermined periodicity through semi-static D/U assignment (e.g., higher-layer parameter TDD-UL-DL-configuration).

[0045] The network may inform the UE of resource directions (e.g., a first pattern and a second pattern) for two periodicities (e.g., a first periodicity and a second periodicity) at a time through semi-static D/U assignment. For example, if two small periodicities constitute one large periodicity, a resource direction corresponding to the large periodicity (e.g., first pattern + second pattern) may be repeated. For convenience, the large periodicity is represented as a periodicity P.

[0046] Since a time of the periodicity P consists of a combination of two periodicities, there may be combinations of various time durations according to how two periodicities are selected.

[0047] For example, it is assumed that values usable as periodicity values when one periodicity is indicated through semi-static D/U assignment are {0.5, 0.625, 1, 1.25, 2, 2.5, 5, 10} ms. If two periodicities are indicated for semi-static D/U assignment, the two periodicities may be selected from among {0.5, 0.625, 1, 1.25, 2, 2.5, 5, 10} ms and selection of one value repeated twice may be permitted. The periodicity P may be determined based on the two periodicities selected in this way.

[0048] In this case, the periodicity P needs to be time-aligned with a predetermined unit time unit. This means that the predetermined time unit is divided by the periodicity P (i.e., without a remainder). The time unit may be, for example, 10(2^n) ms such as 5 ms, 10 ms, 20 ms, or 40 ms. For convenience, the predetermined unit time for the periodicity P is represented as K ms. In this case, K ms may be an integer multiple of P (= first periodicity + second periodicity).

[0049] Alternatively, slot(s) to be included in the periodicity P need to match the predetermined number of unit slots. Examples of the predetermined number of unit slots may be 10(2^n) slots such as 5 slots, 10 slots, 20 slots, or 40 slots. For convenience, the predetermined number of unit slots is represented as N-slot.

[0050] If it is desired to match the periodicity P to K ms or N-slot, the unit time/the number of unit slots may be aligned with the periodicity P (e.g., when K ms or N-slot is divided by the periodicity P without any remainder) but may not be aligned with the periodicity P. If the periodicity P is not time-aligned with K ms or N-slot, the following options may be considered to align semi-static D/U assignment with K ms or N-slot.
  • Option 1: The UE applies semi-static D/U assignment of a single periodicity or multiple periodicities P within K ms or N-slot. If the end of K ms or N-slot does not match the end of the periodicity P, the UE applies semi-static D/U assignment only up to a part matching the end of K ms or N-slot within the periodicity P.
    FIG. 2 illustrates the case in which K ms is used in Option 1 and the UE truncates semi-static D/U assignment of the last periodicity P based on K ms.
    FIG. 3 illustrates the case in which N-slot is used in Option 1 and the UE truncates semi-static D/U assignment of the periodicity P based on N-slot.
  • Option 2: K ms may be defined to be always time-aligned with the periodicity P. As mentioned above, K ms may be predefined as a value satisfying 10(2^n) ms such as 5 ms, 10 ms, 20 ms, or 40 ms. In this case, in determining the first periodicity and the second periodicity constituting the periodicity P, the network may determine the first periodicity and the second periodicity such that a combination of the first periodicity and the second periodicity may be time-aligned with K ms.
    Alternatively, N-slot may be defined to be always aligned with the periodicity P. As mentioned above, one of values satisfying 10(2^n) slots such as 5 slots, 10 slots, 20 slots, or 40 slots may be used as N-slot.
    In addition to the above-mentioned values, K-ms or N-slot which is equal to the periodicity P or a multiple of the periodicity P may be newly defined so that K ms and/or N-slot may be divided by the periodicity P without any remainder.
  • Option 3: In addition to Option 2, the periodicity P may be defined such that only the periodicity P matching K ms (e.g., 10(2^n) ms such as 5 ms, 10 ms, 20 ms, or 40 ms) and/or N-slot (e.g., 10(2^n) slots such as 5 slots, 10 slots, 20 slots, or 40 slots) is used.

Detail conditions for DL/UL cancellation



[0051] An RRC configuration may be cancelled or an operation based on RRC configuration may be confirmed, through a slot format carried over a GC PDCCH.

[0052] When the UE determines whether to perform the operation based on RRC configuration, there is no problem if the UE is previously aware of information of the GC PDCCH. However, if an RRC configuration resource is equal to or approximates to a resource on which the GC PDCCH should be transmitted, a decoding processing time of the GC PDCCH may be problematic when the UE determines whether to perform or cancel the operation based on RRC configuration. The network should consider the decoding processing time of the GC PDCCH. For example, the UE may be clearly aware of whether to perform the operation based on RRC configuration only when the GC PDCCH has been perfectly decoded. This is because the UE may need to be in a standby state during the decoding time.

[0053] A DL operation based on RRC configuration may include, for example, CORESET monitoring and CSI-RS measurement and the present disclosure is not limited thereto.

[0054] During CORESET monitoring, a PDCCH different from the GC PDCCH (e.g., a PDCCH carrying a DCI format different from a DCI format of the GC PDCCH) may be received on the same CORESET. If decoding for the GC PDCCH is not ended so that the UE is not aware of a slot format for the entire CORESET yet, the UE may blind-decode other PDCCHs as well as the GC PDCCH. Next, if the UE is aware that a CORESET region in which other PDCCHs may be transmitted has been cancelled due to the GC PDCCH, the UE may drop (or discard) a blind decoding result for other PDCCHs for which the UE has performed blind decoding.

[0055] CSI-RS measurement will now be described. When the GC PDCCH and a CSI-RS are located in the same symbol or the CSI-RS is located within a decoding time of the GC PDCCH, the UE should determine whether the CSI-RS has been received. In this case, the following two cases may be considered.
  • Case 1: the UE performs measurement for a single CSI-RS and reports only a measurement result for the single CSI-RS to the BS.
  • Case 2: the UE accumulates measurement result(s) for CSI-RS(s) and reports the accumulated result to the BS.


[0056] In a situation of Case 1, the UE may perform CSI measurement but may drop (or discard) a CSI measurement value if CSI-RS reception is cancelled due to the GC PDCCH.

[0057] In a situation of Case 2, the UE may not perform CSI measurement before the UE perfectly decodes the GC PDCCH. This serves to prevent an incorrect CSI measurement value from being accumulated.

[0058] FIG. 4 illustrates a time at which UL RRC configuration cancellation is accepted, in consideration of a PUSCH preparation time (i.e., N2) and timing advance (TA), according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0059] In order for the network to cancel the operation based on the UL RRC configuration, UL cancellation through the GC PDCCH should be indicated prior to at least N2 (e.g., a PUSCH preparation time of TS 38.214 of 3GPP standard specification). This is because the network cannot cancel the operation of the UE after a time at which the UE starts to prepare UL transmission (e.g., refer to FIG. 4(a)). In this case, since the UE prepares UL transmission in consideration of even a TA in addition to N2, the UE prepares UL transmission at a timing earlier by an N2+TA time than a UL resource based on a slot format. Therefore, cancellation for the operation based on UL RRC configuration should be indicated prior to the N2+TA time. For example, cancellation for UL RRC configuration should be indicated (or decoding of the GC PDCCH should be ended) prior to the N2+TA time starting from a resource indicated as UL.

Priority between RRC configurations



[0060] Usage of a resource may be set through an RRC signal. In this case, two or more RRC configurations may be set for the same resource. Therefore, a priority between the RRC configurations and/or an operation of the UE related thereto needs to be defined.

[0061] Particularly, as a result of setting a plurality of RRC configurations for the same resource, resource directions may collide between the RRC configurations. For example, when an RRC configuration corresponding to DL and an RRC configuration corresponding to UL are simultaneously set for the same resource, a problem may occur.

[0062] A DL related RRC configuration may include, for example, (i) a periodic/semi-persistent CSI-RS for a CSI report, (ii) a CSI-RS for a TRS, and/or (iii) a CSI-RS for radio resource management (RRM), but the present disclosure is not limited thereto.

[0063] A UL related RRC configuration may include, for example, (i) a periodic CSI report, (ii) a periodic/semi-persistent sounding reference signal (SRS), (iii) a contention-free RACH resource, (iv) a grant-free resource, and/or (v) an SR resource, but the present disclosure is not limited thereto.

[0064] The priority between RRC configurations when such DL/UL RRC configurations are set for the same resource or additional UE operations may be defined as follows.

(1) UE does not expect overlapped configuration



[0065] The UE may assume that two or more RRC configurations cannot be set for the same resource. If the two or more RRC configurations are set for the same resource, the UE may regard the two or more RRC configurations as errors and disregard the two or more RRC configurations.

(2) Follow the latest or first configuration



[0066] When the two or more RRC configurations are set for the same resource, the UE may operate according to the following options.
  • Option 1: The UE conforms to the first received RRC configuration.
  • Option 2: The UE conforms to the latest received RRC configuration.


[0067] An option that the UE will conform to may be predefined or an option that the UE should conform to may be indicated through higher layer signaling.

(3) Relationship between configuration for downlink and configuration for uplink



[0068] Upon simultaneously receiving an RRC configuration corresponding to DL and an RRC configuration corresponding to UL for the same resource, the UE may operate according to the following options.
  • Option 1: The UE conforms to the RRC configuration corresponding to DL.
  • Option 2: The UE conforms to the RRC configuration corresponding to UL.
  • Option 3: The UE does not perform any operation corresponding to the RRC configuration on a corresponding resource.


[0069] An option that the UE will conform to may be predefined or an option that the UE should conform to may be indicated through higher layer signaling.

UE behavior when UE does not try to decode GC PDCCH



[0070] In a beam failure recovery (BFR) situation, the UE first blind-decodes search spaces within a CORESET (hereinafter, BFR CORESET) for receiving a BFR related PDCCH signal. Since a monitoring priority of the BFR CORESET is the highest, the UE blind-decodes search spaces within other CORESETs after blind-decoding search spaces of the BFR CORESET.

[0071] Meanwhile, in performing blind decoding, a channel estimation limitation may be present per UE. It may be difficult to monitor other CORESETs if the UE reaches the channel estimation limitation in a process of performing blind decoding for search spaces within the BFR CORESET. Alternatively, even if the UE does not reach the channel estimation limitation in a process of performing blind decoding for search spaces within the BFR CORESET so that the UE performs blind decoding for partial search spaces within other CORESETs, since the UE should selectively blind-decode search spaces, the case in which blind decoding may not be performed for search spaces for the GC PDCCH may occur.

[0072] The case in which the UE cannot attempt to perform blind decoding itself for the GC PDCCH due to this cause needs to be differently treated from the case in which the UE fails to detect the GC PDCCH although the UE has performed blind decoding in order to receive the GC PDCCH. The operation of the UE when the UE has not performed blind decoding itself for the GC PDCCH and thus fails to acquire dynamic SFI (e.g., DCI format 2_0) needs to be defined.
  • Option 1: The UE conforms to an operation when the UE performed blind decoding for the GC PDCCH but failed to receive the GC PDCCH.
  • Option 2: The UE performs at least an operation defined or activated by semi-static D/U assignment. The UE does not perform RRC configuration related operations present in semi-static 'flexible' but performs CORESET monitoring. If the UE decodes DCI other than the GC PDCCH as the result of CORESET monitoring, the UE conforms to information of the DCI.
  • Option 3: The UE may perform an operation in the case in which monitoring for the GC PDCCH is not configured.
  • Option 4: The UE performs only an operation defined or activated by the DCI other than semi-static D/U assignment, an RRC configuration, and the GC PDCCH.
  • Option 5: The UE performs RRC configuration related operations and other DL or UL related operations only on a resource for which a direction is clearly defined as D or U by semi-static D/U assignment.
  • Option 6: The UE performs RRC configuration related operations and other DL or UL related operations even on a resource corresponding to 'flexible' in addition to a resource for which a direction is clearly defined as D or U by semi-static D/U assignment.


[0073] FIG. 5 illustrates a flow of a slot format determination method according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 5 illustrates exemplary implementation of the above-described embodiments. The present disclosure is not limited to FIG. 5 and a repeated description as compared with the above description may be omitted.

[0074] Referring to FIG. 5, the UE/BS may receive/transmit a resource configuration including information about at least one UL/DL resource pattern through higher layer signaling (505).

[0075] The UE/BS may determine a slot format which is to be applied to each specific periodicity based on the resource configuration (510).

[0076] If the resource configuration includes information about a plurality of UL/DL resource patterns, the specific periodicity may be determined through a combination of a first periodicity related to a first UL/DL pattern among a plurality of UL/DL resource patterns and a second periodicity related to a second UL/DL pattern among the UL/DL resource patterns and an integer multiple of the specific periodicity may be time-aligned with a predefined time length.

[0077] The predefined time length may be 20 ms and the integer multiple of the specific periodicity may be 20 ms.

[0078] The first periodicity may be 0.5 ms, 0.625 ms, 1 ms, 1.25 ms, 2 ms, 2.5 ms, 5 ms, or 10 ms. The second periodicity may be 0.5 ms, 0.625 ms, 1 ms, 1.25 ms, 2 ms, 2.5 ms, 5 ms, or 10 ms. The specific periodicity may be the sum of the first periodicity and the second periodicity. The combination of the first periodicity and the second periodicity may be determined such that the sum of the first periodicity and the second periodicity is a factor of 20 ms.

[0079] The UE may receive first DCI including first SFI by periodically monitoring a GC-PDCCH. The BS may transmit the first DCI including the first SFI through the GC PDCCH. The UE may acquire a slot format combination indicated by the first SFI among slot format combinations of a preconfigured slot format table. If a duration of the slot format combination indicated by the first SFI is longer than a monitoring periodicity of the GC-PDCCH, the UE/BS may receive/transmit second DCI including second SFI within the duration of the slot format combination indicated by the first SFI. The first SFI and the second SFI may indicate the same slot format for the same slot.

[0080] FIG. 6 is a block diagram illustrating a structure of a base station (BS) 105 and a UE 110 in a wireless communication system 100 according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. The BS 105 may also be referred to as an eNB or a gNB. The UE 110 may also be referred to as a user terminal.

[0081] Although one BS 105 and one UE 110 are illustrated for simplifying the wireless communication system 100, the wireless communication system 100 may include one or more BSs and/or one or more UEs.

[0082] The BS 105 may include a transmission (Tx) data processor 115, a symbol modulator 120, a transmitter 125, a transmission/reception antenna 130, a processor 180, a memory 185, a receiver 190, a symbol demodulator 195, and a reception (Rx) data processor 197. The UE 110 may include a Tx data processor 165, a symbol modulator 170, a transmitter 175, a transmission/reception antenna 135, a processor 155, a memory 160, a receiver 140, a symbol demodulator 155, and an Rx data processor 150. In FIG. 6, although one antenna 130 is shown for the BS 105 and one antenna 135 is shown for the UE 110, each of the BS 105 and the UE 110 may also include a plurality of antennas as necessary. Therefore, the BS 105 and the UE 110 according to the present disclosure support a Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) system. The BS 105 according to the present disclosure can support both a Single User-MIMO (SU-MIMO) scheme and a Multi User-MIMO (MU-MIMO) scheme.

[0083] In downlink, the Tx data processor 115 receives traffic data, formats the received traffic data, codes the formatted traffic data, interleaves the coded traffic data, and modulates the interleaved data (or performs symbol mapping upon the interleaved data), such that it provides modulation symbols (i.e., data symbols). The symbol modulator 120 receives and processes the data symbols and pilot symbols, such that it provides a stream of symbols.

[0084] The symbol modulator 120 multiplexes data and pilot symbols, and transmits the multiplexed data and pilot symbols to the transmitter 125. In this case, each transmission (Tx) symbol may be a data symbol, a pilot symbol, or a value of a zero signal (null signal). In each symbol period, pilot symbols may be successively transmitted during each symbol period. The pilot symbols may be an FDM symbol, an OFDM symbol, a Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) symbol, or a Code Division Multiplexing (CDM) symbol.

[0085] The transmitter 125 receives a stream of symbols, converts the received symbols into one or more analog signals, and additionally adjusts the one or more analog signals (e.g., amplification, filtering, and frequency upconversion of the analog signals), such that it generates a downlink signal appropriate for data transmission through an RF channel. Subsequently, the downlink signal is transmitted to the UE through the antenna 130.

[0086] Configuration of the UE 110 will hereinafter be described in detail. The antenna 135 of the UE 110 receives a DL signal from the BS 105, and transmits the DL signal to the receiver 140. The receiver 140 performs adjustment (e.g., filtering, amplification, and frequency downconversion) of the received DL signal, and digitizes the adjusted signal to obtain samples. The symbol demodulator 145 demodulates the received pilot symbols, and provides the demodulated result to the processor 155 to perform channel estimation.

[0087] The symbol demodulator 145 receives a frequency response estimation value for downlink from the processor 155, demodulates the received data symbols, obtains data symbol estimation values (indicating estimation values of the transmitted data symbols), and provides the data symbol estimation values to the Rx data processor 150. The Rx data processor 150 performs demodulation (i.e., symbol-demapping) of data symbol estimation values, deinterleaves the demodulated result, decodes the deinterleaved result, and recovers the transmitted traffic data.

[0088] The processing of the symbol demodulator 145 and the Rx data processor 150 is complementary to that of the symbol modulator 120 and the Tx data processor 115 in the BS 205.

[0089] The Tx data processor 165 of the UE 110 processes traffic data in uplink, and provides data symbols. The symbol modulator 170 receives and multiplexes data symbols, and modulates the multiplexed data symbols, such that it can provide a stream of symbols to the transmitter 175. The transmitter 175 obtains and processes the stream of symbols to generate an uplink (UL) signal, and the UL signal is transmitted to the BS 105 through the antenna 135. The transmitter and the receiver of UE/BS can be implemented as a single radio frequency (RF) unit.

[0090] The BS 105 receives the UL signal from the UE 110 through the antenna 130. The receiver processes the received UL signal to obtain samples. Subsequently, the symbol demodulator 195 processes the symbols, and provides pilot symbols and data symbol estimation values received via uplink. The Rx data processor 197 processes the data symbol estimation value, and recovers traffic data received from the UE 110.

[0091] A processor 155 or 180 of the UE 110 or the BS 105 commands or indicates operations of the UE 110 or the BS 105. For example, the processor 155 or 180 of the UE 110 or the BS 105 controls, adjusts, and manages operations of the UE 210 or the BS 105. Each processor 155 or 180 may be connected to a memory unit 160 or 185 for storing program code and data. The memory 160 or 185 is connected to the processor 155 or 180, such that it can store the operating system, applications, and general files.

[0092] The processor 155 or 180 may also be referred to as a controller, a microcontroller), a microprocessor, a microcomputer, etc. In the meantime, the processor 155 or 180 may be implemented by various means, for example, hardware, firmware, software, or a combination thereof. In a hardware configuration, methods according to the embodiments of the present disclosure may be implemented by the processor 155 or 180, for example, one or more application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), digital signal processors (DSPs), digital signal processing devices (DSPDs), programmable logic devices (PLDs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), processors, controllers, microcontrollers, microprocessors, etc.

[0093] In a firmware or software configuration, methods according to the embodiments of the present disclosure may be implemented in the form of modules, procedures, functions, etc. which perform the above-described functions or operations. Firmware or software implemented in the present disclosure may be contained in the processor 155 or 180 or the memory unit 160 or 185, such that it can be driven by the processor 155 or 180.

[0094] Radio interface protocol layers among the UE 110, the BS 105, and a wireless communication system (i.e., network) can be classified into a first layer (L1 layer), a second layer (L2 layer) and a third layer (L3 layer) on the basis of the lower three layers of the Open System Interconnection (OSI) reference model widely known in communication systems. A physical layer belonging to the first layer (L1) provides an information transfer service through a physical channel. A Radio Resource Control (RRC) layer belonging to the third layer (L3) controls radio resources between the UE and the network. The UE 110 and the BS 105 may exchange RRC messages with each other through the wireless communication network and the RRC layer.

[0095] The above-mentioned embodiments correspond to combinations of elements and features of the present disclosure in prescribed forms. And, it is able to consider that the respective elements or features are selective unless they are explicitly mentioned. Each of the elements or features can be implemented in a form failing to be combined with other elements or features. Moreover, it is able to implement an embodiment of the present disclosure by combining elements and/or features together in part. A sequence of operations explained for each embodiment of the present disclosure can be modified. Some configurations or features of one embodiment can be included in another embodiment or can be substituted for corresponding configurations or features of another embodiment. And, it is apparently understandable that an embodiment is configured by combining claims failing to have relation of explicit citation in the appended claims together or can be included as new claims by amendment after filing an application.

[0096] While the present disclosure has been described and illustrated herein with reference to the preferred embodiments thereof, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various modifications and variations can be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the disclosure. Thus, it is intended that the present disclosure covers the modifications and variations of this disclosure that come within the scope of the appended claims and their equivalents.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY



[0097] As described above, the present disclosure may be applied to various wireless communication systems.


Claims

1. A method of determining a slot format by a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:

receiving a resource configuration including information on at least one uplink (UL)/downlink (DL) resource pattern through higher layer signaling; and

determining a slot format to be applied to each specific periodicity based on the resource configuration,

wherein, if the resource configuration includes information on a plurality of UL/DL resource patterns, the specific periodicity is determined via a combination of a first periodicity related to a first UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns and a second periodicity related to a second UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns, and

an integer multiple of the specific periodicity is time-aligned with a predefined time length.


 
2. The method of claim 1,
wherein the predefined time length is 20 ms and the integer multiple of the specific periodicity is 20 ms.
 
3. The method of claim 1,
wherein the first periodicity is 0.5 ms, 0.625 ms, 1 ms, 1.25 ms, 2 ms, 2.5 ms, 5 ms, or 10 ms and the second periodicity is 0.5 ms, 0.625 ms, 1 ms, 1.25 ms, 2 ms, 2.5 ms, 5 ms, or 10 ms.
 
4. The method of claim 3,
wherein the specific periodicity is the sum of the first periodicity and the second periodicity, and
the combination of the first periodicity and the second periodicity is determined such that the sum of the first periodicity and the second periodicity is a factor of 20 ms.
 
5. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

receiving first downlink control information (DCI) including first slot format related information (SFI) by periodically monitoring a group common (GC)-physical downlink control channel (PDCCH);

acquiring a slot format combination indicated by the first SFI among slot format combinations of a slot format table preconfigured for the UE; and

receiving second DCI including second SFI within a duration of the slot format combination indicated by the first SFI when the duration of the slot format combination indicated by the first SFI is longer than a monitoring periodicity of the GC-PDCCH.


 
6. The method of claim 5,
wherein the first SFI and the second SFI indicate the same slot format for the same slot.
 
7. A method of determining a slot format by a base station (BS) in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:

transmitting a resource configuration including information on at least one uplink (UL)/downlink (DL) resource pattern through higher layer signaling; and

determining a slot format to be applied to each specific periodicity based on the resource configuration,

wherein, if the resource configuration includes information on a plurality of UL/DL resource patterns, the specific periodicity is determined via a combination of a first periodicity related to a first UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns and a second periodicity related to a second UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns, and

an integer multiple of the specific periodicity is time-aligned with a predefined time length.


 
8. The method of claim 7,
wherein the predefined time length is 20 ms and the integer multiple of the specific periodicity is 20 ms.
 
9. The method of claim 7,
wherein the first periodicity is 0.5 ms, 0.625 ms, 1 ms, 1.25 ms, 2 ms, 2.5 ms, 5 ms, or 10 ms and the second periodicity is 0.5 ms, 0.625 ms, 1 ms, 1.25 ms, 2 ms, 2.5 ms, 5 ms, or 10 ms.
 
10. The method of claim 9,
wherein the specific periodicity is the sum of the first periodicity and the second periodicity, and
the combination of the first periodicity and the second periodicity is determined such that the sum of the first periodicity and the second periodicity is a factor of 20 ms.
 
11. The method of claim 7, further comprising:

transmitting first downlink control information (DCI) including first slot format related information (SFI) through a group common (GC)-physical downlink control channel (PDCCH); and

transmitting second DCI including second SFI within a duration of a slot format combination indicated by the first SFI when the duration of the slot format combination indicated by the first SFI is longer than a periodicity of the GC-PDCCH.


 
12. The method of claim 11,
wherein the first SFI and the second SFI indicate the same slot format for the same slot.
 
13. A user equipment (UE) comprising:

a transceiver; and

a processor configured to receive a resource configuration including information on at least one uplink (UL)/downlink (DL) resource pattern through higher layer signaling by controlling the transceiver and determine a slot format to be applied to each specific periodicity based on the resource configuration,

wherein, if the resource configuration includes information on a plurality of UL/DL resource patterns, the specific periodicity is determined via a combination of a first periodicity related to a first UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns and a second periodicity related to a second UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns, and

an integer multiple of the specific periodicity is time-aligned with a predefined time length.


 
14. A base station (BS) comprising:

a transceiver; and

a processor configured to transmit a resource configuration including information on at least one uplink (UL)/downlink (DL) resource pattern through higher layer signaling by controlling the transceiver and determine a slot format to be applied to each specific periodicity based on the resource configuration,

wherein, if the resource configuration includes information on a plurality of UL/DL resource patterns, the specific periodicity is determined via a combination of a first periodicity related to a first UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns and a second periodicity related to a second UL/DL pattern among the plural UL/DL resource patterns, and

an integer multiple of the specific periodicity is time-aligned with a predefined time length.


 




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