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    Note 1 : The DL Reference Signal (Cell Specific Reference Signal) is mainly determined byPhysical Cell ID.Note 2 : The resource element locations for DL reference signal gets different according to Physical Cell ID, but there is

    possibility that the reference signal location with two different physical cell ID can be same if (PCI1 mod 6) == (PCI2

    mod 6). (PCI stands for Physical Cell ID). It means that you should be careful when you allocate the physical cell ID for

    multiple cells in a specific area.

    Positioning Reference Signals (PRS) inLTE

    Nishith9 Dec 2010 10:31 PM


    There has been a lot of action in Release 8 and Release 10 of UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System). Release 8 introduces LTE

    (Long Term Evolution), while Release 10 defines LTE-Advanced. Release 9 does not get much limelight amidst the comprehensive volume ofwork done in these two releases. However, Release 9 does have its place in history- among other things, it provides a framework for finding theUE location (so-called UE positioning) to support a variety of location services (LCS) (e.g., emergency calls and directions to arestaurant). Release 9 specifies a variety of UE positioning techniques essential to the offering of the LCS. We will focus on PositioningReference Signals (PRS) that can be used to facilitate determination of the position or location of the UE by a UE-assisted positioningtechnique. A UE-assisted positioning technique implies the following: (i) the UE makes some radio signal measurements, and (ii) the networkdetermines the UE location (e.g., latitude and longitude) by processing the measurements reported by the UE.

    Let's briefly discuss the PRS now. The PRS are transmitted on antenna port 6 and do not use the resource elements allocated to PhysicalBroadcast Channel, Primary Synchronization Signal, and Secondary Synchronization Signal. The PRS are sent in a configurable number ofconsecutive subframes, which could be just one subframe or as many as 5 subframes. The E-UTRAN configures the PRS bandwidth (e.g., acertain number of resource blocks) and the periodicity of the PRS (e.g., one PRS occurrence every 160 subframes). Within a subframe containingthe PRS, the PRS are transmitted on more subcarriers and more OFDM symbols when compared to the regular cell-specific reference signalsbeing sent on an antenna. Utilization of more time-frequency resources within a subframe by the PRS can improve the quality of the UEmeasurements compared to the use of only the basic cell-specific reference signals. A pseudo-random sequence is sent on the PRS, and, thissequence is a function of numerous factors such as PCI (Physical layer Cell Identity), slot number, OFDM symbol number, and the value of CyclicPrefix. The UE observes the PRS from different cells in the neighborhood and makes certain measurements. Examples of such measurementsinclude OTDOA (Observed Time Difference of Arrival) measurements such as RSTD (Reference Signal Time Difference). RSTD is the relativetiming difference between a neighbor cell and the reference cell. The E-UTRAN processes these OTDOA measurements from the UE in animplementation-specific and non-standardized manner to estimate the UE location.
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    In summary, the existence of the PRS enables the UE to make OTDOA measurements. These measurements are then used by the E-UTRAN todetermine the UE location as part of a UE-assisted positioning technique.

    References: TS36.211, TS 36.133, TS36.214, TS36.331, TS23.271, TS36.305

    Frame Structure - Downlink Home

    One good way to study this kind of thing and get some practical understanding would be to start from the view from the

    highest level and get deeper into it step by step. Overview-FDD Overview-TDD PBCH(Physical Broadcast Channel) The first L(1 or 2 or 3) Symbols PCFICH(Physical Control Format Indicator Channel) PDCCH(Physical Downlink Control Channel) PHICH PDSCH(Physical Downlink Shared Channel) PRACH P-SS(Primary Synchronization Signal)

    Reference Signal

    o RS (Reference Signal) - Cell Specific (Antenna port 0,1,2,3) o RS (Reference Signal ) - MBSFN (Antenna Port 4) o RS (Reference Signal ) - UE Specific (Antenna Port 5,7,8,9,10) o RS (Reference Signal ) - Positioning (Antenna Port 6) o RS (Reference Signal ) - CSI (Antenna Port 15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22)

    Whole Frame Snapshot Physical Channels in Communication Gallery

    Overview - FDDThe highest level view from 36.211 for FDD LTE is as follows. It only shows the structure of one frame in time domain. It

    does not show any structure in frequency domain.Some of high level description you can get from this figure would be i) Time duration for one frame (One radio frame, One system frame) is 10 ms. This means that we have 100 radio frame persecond.ii) the number of samples in one frame (10 ms) is 307200 (307.200 K) samples. This means that the number of samples per

    second is 307200 x 100 = 30.72 M samples. iii) Number of subframe in one frame is 10.iv) Number of slots in one subframe is 2. This means that we have 20 slots within one frame.

    So one slot is the smallest structure in time domain ? No, if you magnify this frame structure one step further, you would get

    the following figure.Now you see that one slot is made up of 7 small blocks called 'symbol'. (One symbol is a certain time span of signal that

    carry one spot in the I/Q constellation.). And you see even smaller structures within a symbol. At the beginning of symbol you see a very small span called 'Cyclic

    Prefix' and the remaining part is the real symbol data. There are two different type of Cyclic Prefix. One is normal Cyclic Prefix and the other is 'Extended Cyclic Prefix' which is

    longer than the Normal Cyclic Prefix. (Since the length of one slot is fixed and cannot be changed, if we use 'Extended Cyclic

    Prefix', the number of symbols that can be accomodated within a slot should be decreased. So we can have only 6 symbols ifwe use 'Extended Cyclic Prefix').
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    If you magnify a subframe to show the exact timing and samples, it can be illustrated as below.

    Following shows the overal subframe structure fromLTE Resource Grid (I strongly recommend this pages to play with)
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    Now let's magnify the structure even further, but this time expand in frequency domain, not in time domain. You will get the

    following full detail diagram.

    The first thing you have to be very familiar with as an engineer working on LTE is the following channel map shown above. We can represent an LTE signal in a two dimensional map as shown above. The horizontal axis is time domain and the

    vertical axis is frequency domain. The minimum unit on vertical axis is a sub carrier and the minimum unit on horizontal axis

    is symbol. For both time domain and frequency domain, there are multiple hiarachies of the units, meaning a multiple

    combination of a smaller unit become a larger units. Let's look at the frequency domain structure first. LTE (any OFDM/OFDMA) band is made up of multiple small spaced channels and we call each of these small channels as "SubCarrier".Space between the chhanel and the next channel is always same regardless of the system bandwidth of the LTE band. So if the system bandwidth of LTE channel changes, number of the channels (sub carriers) changes but the space between

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    channels does not change.Q> What is the space between a subcarrier and the next sub carrier ? A> 15 Khz Q> What is the number of channels(sub carriers) for 20 Mhz LTE band ? A> 1200 sub carriers. Q> What is the number of channels(sub carriers) for 10 Mhz LTE band ? A> 600 sub carriers. Q> What is the number of channels(sub carriers) for 5 Mhz LTE band ? A> 300 sub carriers. Got any feelings about sub carriers and it's relation to system bandwidth ? Now let's look at the basic units of horizontal axis which is time domain. The minimum unit of the time domain is a Symbol,

    which amounts to 66.7 us. Regardless of bandwidth, the symbol length does not changes.In case of time domain, we have a

    couple of other structures as well. The largest unit in time domain is a frame, each of which is 10 ms in length. Each of the

    frame consists of 10 sub frames, each of which is 1 ms in length. Each of sub frame consists of 2 slots, each of which is 0.5

    ms in length.Each of slots consists of 7 symbols, each of which is 66.7 us. With this in mind, let's think about the scale in reverse direction. Q> How many symbols are there in a slot ? A> 7 symbols.Q> How many symbols in a sub frame ? A> 14 symbols.Q> How many slots are there in a frame ? A> 20 slots.Now let's look at the units which is made up of both time domain (horizontal axis) and frequency domain (vertical axis). Let's

    call this type of unit a two-dimensional unit.The minimum two dimensional unit is resource element which is made up of one symbol in time domain and one sub carrier

    in frequency domain. Another two dimensional unit is resource block(RB) which is made up of one slot in time domain and 12

    sub-carrier in frequency domain. Resource Block(RB) is the most important units in LTE both for protocol side and RF

    measurement side.Now here goes questions.Q> How many symbols in a resource block ? A> 7 symbols.Q> How many sub-carriers in a resource block ? A> 12 sub-carriers. Q> How many resource elements in a resource block ? A> 84 resource elements. Now it's time to combine all the units we covered. The following questions are very important to read any of the LTE

    specification.Q> How many resource blocks in a 20 Mhz band ? A> 100 resource blocks. Q> How many resource blocks in a 10 Mhz band ? A> 50 resource blocks.

    Q> How many resource blocks in a 5 Mhz band ? A> 25 resource blocks. I have seen this type of mapping so many times from so many different sources, but do I really understand all the details of

    the map ? No not yet. It will take several years to understand every aspects of the map. Probably what I do as the first step is to describe each part of the map in a verbal form Overview-TDD

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    PBCH(Physical Broadcast Channel)

    It carries only the MIB. It is using QPSK. Mapped to 6 Resource Blocks (72 subcarriers), centered around DC subcarrier in sub frame 0. Mapped to Resource Elements which is not reserved for transmission of reference signals, PDCCH or PCHICH

    The first L(1 or 2 or 3) SymbolsThis is one of the most confusing area of the map because multiple channels are located in this area. On the first symbol isPCFICH but PCFICH takes only part of the resource blocks on the first symbol not all. PHICH is carried by this area as well.

    And the remaining space not occupied by PCFICH and PHICH is allocated for PDCCH. PCFICH(Physical Control Format Indicator Channel)

    It carries the size of PDCCH Mapped to the first OFDM symbol in each of the downlink sub-frameThis contains the information on number of OFDM

    symbols for PDCCH and PHICH symbol duration received from the PBCHUE decode this channel to figure out how

    many OFDM symbols are assigned for PDCCH It is 16 data subcarriers of the first OFDM symbol of the subframe. PCFICH data is carried by 4 REGs and these four REGs are evenly distributed across the whole band regardless of the

    bandwidth. The exact position of PCFICH is determined by cell ID and bandwidth.

    PDCCH(Physical Downlink Control Channel) Mapped to the first L OFDM symbols in each of the downlink sub-frame. Number of the symbols (L) for PDCCH can be 1,2, or 3.

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    Number of the symbols for PDCCH is specified by PCFICH PDCCH carries DCIs and the DCI carries Transport format, resource allocation, H-ARQ information related to DL-SCH,

    UL-SCH and PCH. PDCCH also carries DCI 0 which is for UL Scheduling assignment (e.g, UL Grants). Multiple PDCCH are supported and a UE monitors a set of control channels. Modulation Scheme is QPSK. PDCCH is like HS-SCCH for HSDPA and PDCCH for R99, E-AGCH/E-RGCH for HSUPA Even though PDCCH has a lot of functions, not all of them are used at the same time so PDCCH configuration should

    be done flexibly.

    If you are interested in the detailed information mapping in this channel, refer to 6.8.1 of 36.211. Following is the

    initial descrition on this section.The physical downlink control channel carries scheduling assignments and other control information. A physical

    controlchannel is transmitted on an aggregation of one or several consecutive control channel elements (CCEs), where

    acontrol channel element corresponds to 9 resource element groups. The number of resource-element groups notassigned to

    PCFICH or PHICH is REG N . The CCEs available in the system are numbered from 0 and N_CCE-1 , where N_CCE =

    floor(N_REG/9) . The PDCCH supports multiple formats as listed in Table 6.8.1-1. A PDCCH consisting of nconsecutive CCEs

    may only start on a CCE fulfilling imod n = 0 , where i is the CCE number.PHICH

    Carries H-ARQ Feedback After UE trasmitted the data in UL, it is waiting for PHICH for the ACK. It is like E-HICH in HSPA

    Sometimes several PHICH constitutes a PHICH group using the same resource elements.

    PDSCH(Physical Downlink Shared Channel) Carries user specific data (DL Payload). Carries Random Access Response Message. It is using AMC with QPSK, 16 QAM and 64 QAM

    PRACH It carries the random access preamble It is occupying 72 subcarriers of bandwidth in the frequency domain. If the random access preamble is successfuly

    received, the random access message is transmitted on the UL-SCH. Within this channel is Random Access Preamble. This Random Access Preamble is generated with Zadoff-Chu

    sequence.P-SS(Primary Synchronization Signal)

    Mapped to 72 active sub carriers(6 resource blocks), centered around the DC subcarrier in slot 0 and slot 10.Not a big issues until now. But when you have the following data and information, can you locate exactly which part of the

    channel map would carry this message ? This is one of the very tricky part of understanding LTE protocol and it would take a

    long time for study. (If you are an RF engineer, this may not be so important to you). RS (Reference Signal ) - Cell SpecificMost of the channels (e.g, DPSCH, DPCCH, PBCH etc) is for carrying a special information (a sequence of bits) and they have

    some higher layer channel connected to them, but Reference Signal is a special signal that exists only at PHY layer. This is

    not for delivering any specific information. The purpose of this Reference Signal is to deliver the reference point for the

    downlink power.When UE try to figure out DL power (i.e, the power of the signal from a eNode B), it measure the power of this reference

    signal and take it as downlink cell power.These reference signal are carried by multiples of specific Resource Elements in each slots and the location of the resource

    elements are specifically determined by antenna configuration.In the figures below, Red/Blue/Green/Yellow is the part where the reference signal are carried and the resource elements

    marked in gray are the ones reserved for reference signal, but are not carrying Reference Signal for that specific antenna.

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    There are two different types of reference signal : Cell Specific Reference Signa and UE specific Reference Signal

    Cell Specific Reference Signal : This reference signal is being transmitted at every subframe and it spans all across the

    operating bandwidht. It is being transmitted by Antenna port 0,1,2,3. UE Specific Reference Signal : This reference signal is being transmitted within the resource blocks allocated only to a

    specific UE and is being transmitted by Antenna port 5. Is the Resource element for the cell specific reference signal fixed ?No, the location changes according to Physical Cell ID as described below.

    The time domain index (l) for the reference signal = fixed. ( l = [0,4] ) The frequency domain index k for the reference signal = changes according to physical cell ID as specified in 36.211 Mapping to resource element.

    o main rule is : k = 6 m + (v + v_shift) mod 6, where v_shift = Physical Cell ID mod 6. For further details, refer

    to 36.211 kind of value is carried by the downlink reference signal ?The value is a pseudo random sequence generated by the algorithm defined in 36.211 Sequence Generation.(Note :

    The uplink reference signal - DMRS - is Zadoff Chu sequence)One of the determining value of this sequence is Physical Cell ID, meaning that the physical cell ID influences the value of the

    reference signal as well.RS (Reference Signal ) - MBSFNFollowing is based on 36.211 Figure Mapping of MBSFN reference signals (extended cyclic prefix, f = 15 kHz )

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    RS (Reference Signal ) - UE SpecificFollowing is based on 36.211 Figure Mapping of UE-specific reference signals, antenna port 5 (normal cyclic


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    RS (Reference Signal ) - PositioningFollowing is based on 36.211 Figure Mapping of positioning reference signals (normal cyclic prefix)

    RS (Reference Signal ) - CSIFollowing is based on 36.211 Figure Mapping of CSI reference signals (CSI configuration 0, normal cyclic prefix)

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    Whole Frame SnapshotFollowing is a snapshot showing the whole channels described above. Of course this is not to give you the detailed

    information. It is to give you a overall picture of a whole frame. Would you be able to identify the locations of each channels

    described above ? Just try it, it will be a good practice. Each components in this grid has it's own role and used in various different context. If you are interested in how each of

    these channels are used in real communication process, refer to following sections in Quick Reference page.

    Cell ID Detection and System Information Detection Uplink Data Transmission Scheduling - Persistent Scheduling Uplink Data Transmission Scheduling - Non Persistent Scheduling Downlink Data transmission Process Channel Coding Processing for DL SCH/PCH/MCH Physical Channel Processing

    Physical Channels in CommunicationFollowing diagram shows overall sequence of Uplink/Downlink data transmission. You would be able to associate the data

    transmission sequence diagram and the specific location of each channels in DL/UL frame structure.
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    GalleryI would not put much of the comments for the following captures. These captures are for your practice to associate what you

    read in previous sections to the real life signal pattern.

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