Patents by Inventor Huaning Niu

Huaning Niu has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200213982
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses, systems, and methods using or implementing a control channel (PDCCH) design. The PDCCH can occupy an initial number of OFDM symbols of a downlink subframe, while occupying less than the full system bandwidth. The PDCCH can be time division multiplexed (TDM) with a shared channel (PDSCH) or frequency division multiplexed (FDM) with a PDSCH. The PDCCH can further be multiplexed with another PDCCH in a contiguous or non-contiguous region. Resources allocated to the PDCCH can overlap or partially overlap resources allocated to the PDSCH. An Evolved Node-B (eNB) can provide configuration information for the PDCCH design in Radio Resource Control (RRC) signaling to a user equipment (UE), or through use of a Master Information Block (MIB) or System Information Block (SIB).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Gang Xiong, Jong-Kae Fwu, Yuan Zhu, Ralf Matthias Bendlin, Yushu Zhang, Huaning Niu
  • Publication number: 20200205015
    Abstract: Embodiments of a User Equipment (UE), an Evolved Node-B (eNB), small-cell access point (AP), and methods for dynamic millimeter wave pencil cell communication are generally described herein. The UE may receive access point reference signals (APRS) from one or more small-cell access points (AP), and may transmit APRS signal quality measurements to a macro-cell Evolved Node-B (eNB). The UE may receive, from the macro-cell eNB, a message that indicates candidate pencil cells for which the UE is to determine signal quality measurements, the candidate pencil cells supported by the small-cell APs. The UE may receive beam reference signals (BRS) for the candidate pencil cells and may refrain from reception of BRS for pencil cells not included in the message. In some cases, beam-widths of the APRSs may be larger than beam-widths of the BRSs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Honglei Miao, Huaning Niu, Michael Faerber
  • Patent number: 10687269
    Abstract: An architecture for wireless network access is described. In one example, a network entity comprises processing circuitry to define a downlink control channel comprising a synchronization signal, a physical broadcast channel (PBCH), and at least one slot for contention resolution or device-to-device (D2D) discovery and link setup, and broadcast a synchronization signal comprising the control channel from a plurality of remote radio heads (RRH). Other examples are also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Huaning Niu, Hyejung Jung, Qian Li, Yuan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10687323
    Abstract: Embodiments of beamformed physical downlink control channel (B-PDCCH) are generally described herein. A user equipment (UE) decodes an indication of a transmission mode for a beamformed physical downlink control channel (B-PDCCH) received from a network entity. The UE decodes one or more symbol blocks corresponding to a downlink (DL) control region of a subframe, wherein the DL control region includes one or more control clusters, and wherein one discrete Fourier transform (DFT) spreading window is applied in each of the one or more control clusters. The UE determines a B-PDCCH search space according to the indicated transmission mode, wherein the B-PDCCH search space is a set of B-PDCCH candidate locations. The UE performs blind decoding of one or more B-PDCCHs based on the determined B-PDCCH search space, to obtain downlink control information transmitted from one or more evolved NodeBs (eNBs) to the UE via the one or more B-PDCCHs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hyejung Jung, Huaning Niu
  • Publication number: 20200186263
    Abstract: Devices and methods of simultaneous data reception and measurement are generally described. A UE transmits to an eNB antenna capacity and receives a Beamformed Reference Signal (BRS) configuration in response. Beamformed signals from the eNB include a BRS subframe in accordance with the BRS configuration. The BRS subframe has a BRS whose structure depends on the UE antenna capacity. If the UE has a single antenna panels, neither an EPDCCH nor a PDSCH for the UE is in the BRS frame. If the UE has a single antenna panels and multiple ports or multiple antenna panels, the BRS may contain an EPDCCH or PDSCH for the UE as different ports or antenna panels may be assigned different functionality. The UE measures BRS Received Power (BRS-RP) of the BRS, transmits a BRS report based on the BRS-RP and selects an optimal beam based on BRS-RPs from BRSs of the beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Yushu Zhang, Yuan Zhu, Gang Xiong, Huaning Niu, Wenting Chang
  • Publication number: 20200178288
    Abstract: Technology for a user equipment (UE) operable to decode grant Self-defer less downlink control information (G-D 5 CI) received from a Next Generation NodeB (gNB) is disclosed. The UE can decode the G-DCI received from the gNB in a MulteFire system. The UE can identify grant less uplink DCI components included in the G-DCI. The UE can perform a grant less uplink transmission with the gNB based on the grant less uplink DCI components in the G-DCI received from the gNB.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Wenting Chang, Jeongho Jeon, Huaning Niu, Jinyu Zhang, Salvatore Talarico
  • Publication number: 20200177250
    Abstract: Devices for and methods of synchronous beam refinement using a beam refinement reference signal (BRRS) are generally described. In one example embodiment, a UE receives BRRS information indicating switching of a Tx beam. The UE then uses this information to switch an associated Rx beam. In some embodiments, timing information is used to match the switching times. In some embodiments. DCI and CSI-RS operations are used to determine switching for the synchronous beam refinement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Wenting Chang, Yuan Zhu, Yushu Zhang, Gang Xiong, Huaning Niu
  • Publication number: 20200169955
    Abstract: Machines or networked devices such as internet of things (IoT) devices operate to generate an unlicensed IoT (U-IoT) communication or enhanced Machine Type Communication (eMTC) based on frequency hopping operations on different channels. An anchor channel can be configured to carry system information and paging messages for the U-IoT/eMTC communication on the different channels. The system information and paging messages can include essential system information such as a system information block MulteFire (SIB-MF) message. Physical channels can be configured to enable component carriers anchored to a long term evolution (LTE) licensed band, and entirely comprise unlicensed carrier components that are unanchored to any LTE component carrier in a standalone configuration to enable transmission of the U-IoT communication in standalone communications in an unlicensed band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Wenting Chang, Huaning Niu, Anthony Lee, Salvatore Talarico, Qiaoyang Ye
  • Publication number: 20200169841
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer readable media for report identification and power control for ranging in a wireless network are disclosed. An apparatus of a responding station (RSTA) is disclosed, where the apparatus comprises processing circuitry configured to perform ranging with a initiating stations (ISTAs) and maintain a separate sounding dialogue token for each of the ISTAs and transmit a corresponding sounding dialogue token for a ISTA in a trigger frame for ranging and sounding or a null data packet announcement (NDPA) frame, and in a responding to initiating location measurement report. Apparatuses of RSTAs and ISTAS are disclosed that perform power control management during non-trigger-based ranging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Dibakar Das, Jonathan Segev, Chittabrata Ghosh, Ganesh Venkatesan, Feng Jiang, Qinghua Li, Xiaogang Chen, Eran Segev, Huaning Niu, Shlomi Vituri, Elad Oren, Chen Kojokaro
  • Patent number: 10666343
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses, systems, and methods for reference signal design for initial acquisition, by receiving a first primary synchronization signal (PSS) and a first secondary synchronization signal (SSS) from a first transmit (Tx) beam, in first contiguous orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) symbols of a downlink subframe. A UE can receive at least a second PSS and a second SSS from a second Tx beam in contiguous OFDM symbols of the downlink subframe. A UE can then detect beamforming reference signals (BRSs) corresponding to the first Tx beam and the second Tx beam, based on identification of physical cell ID information and timing information processed from the first PSS, the second PSS, the first SSS, and the second SSS. The UE can select the first Tx beam or the second Tx beam that was received with the highest power, based on the BRSs. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Xiong, Huaning Niu, Yushu Zhang, Jong-Kae Fwu, Yuan Zhu, Ralf Matthias Bendlin
  • Publication number: 20200153492
    Abstract: Embodiments of an Evolved Node-B (eNB), User Equipment (UE) and methods for directional communication are generally described herein. The eNB may transmit, during a downlink sub-frame, a first beam refinement training signal and an uplink scheduling block to a first UE according to a downlink transmission direction from the eNB to the first UE. The eNB 104 may further transmit, during the downlink sub-frame, a second beam refinement training signal and a downlink scheduling block to a second UE according to a downlink transmission direction from the eNB to the second UE. The uplink scheduling block may indicate scheduled uplink resources for a scheduled uplink transmission by the first UE and the downlink scheduling block may indicate scheduled downlink resources for a scheduled downlink transmission to the second UE.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Qian Li, Huaning Niu, Geng Wu
  • Patent number: 10652834
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for configuring device to device connections in a Wireless Network are generally described herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus of User Equipment (UE) may include transceiver circuitry to receive a link weight and receive wideband symbols from a plurality of UEs. The apparatus may include processing circuitry to determine a channel gain and determine whether a predetermined transmission power is to be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeongho Jeon, Huaning Niu, Qinghua Li
  • Publication number: 20200137788
    Abstract: Provided herein are method and apparatus for communication in LTE system on unlicensed spectrum. An apparatus for a user equipment (UE) may include: circuitry configured to: detect a presence detection reference signal for a channel having a dwell period on an unlicensed spectrum; and determine a location of a starting subframe for a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) in the dwell period based on detection of the presence detection reference signal; and a memory to store the location of the starting subframe. In some embodiments of the present disclosure, the dwell period is fixed. In some embodiments, the dwell period comprises a fixed downlink dwell period and a fixed uplink dwell period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Wenting Chang, Huaning Niu, Salvatore Talarico, Jinnian Zhang
  • Publication number: 20200128579
    Abstract: Technology for a user equipment (UE) operating in an enhanced Machine Type Communication (eMTC) in an unlicensed spectrum (eMTC-U) system is disclosed. The UE can identify uplink control information (UCI). The UE can encode the UCI for transmission to a Next Generation NodeB (gNB) in the eMTC-U system over a physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) in one physical resource block (PRB) in a subframe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Salvatore Talarico, Jinnian Zhang, Huaning Niu, Wenting Chang, Yu Huai
  • Publication number: 20200128621
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus of a User Equipment (UE). The apparatus may comprise a first circuitry and a second circuitry. The first circuitry may be operable to process a first Downlink Control Information (DCI) format 0A transmission indicating a Grant-less Uplink (GUL) activation. The first circuitry may also be operable to process a second DCI format 0A transmission indicating a GUL release. The second circuitry may be operable to generate one or more Uplink (UL) transmissions for an unlicensed spectrum of the wireless network after the GUL activation and before the GUL release.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Wenting Chang, Jinyu Zhang, Huaning Niu, Jeongho Jeon, Salvatore Talarico
  • Patent number: 10631256
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are related to grantless uplink control information (G-UCI) content and size designs/mechanisms in MulteFire (MF) systems. Since the power control of the grantless uplink (GUL) use is different from the scheduled uplink (SUL), the power headroom (PHR) calculation and reporting should be enhanced. Embodiments herein provide an electronic apparatus employed in an user equipment (UE). The electronic apparatus comprises a radio frequency (RF) circuitry interface and processing circuitry. In an example, the processing circuitry is configured to calculate the PHR of the GUL physical uplink shared channel (PUSCH); generate an uplink data including the PHR of GUL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Huaning Niu, Wenting Chang, Jeongho Jeon, Anthony Lee, Seau S. Lim
  • Patent number: 10631281
    Abstract: Technology described herein addresses symmetric uplink (UL)/downlink (DL) designs that can be applied to both uplink and downlink transmissions. A symmetric UL/DL design can define a Transmission Time Interval (TTI) format with control channels and data channels multiplexed using Frequency Division Multiplexing (FDM) or Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) to partition the control channels and the data channels within a Transmission Time Interval (TTI). A unified waveform can be applied to both UL and DL transmissions. Several Demodulation Reference Signal (DM-RS) designs are also described. A hybrid mode for UL transmissions is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Gang Xiong, Jong-Kae Fwu, Seunghee Han, Huaning Niu, Ralf Bendlin, Yuan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10631142
    Abstract: Example systems, methods, and devices for extending range of WiFi networks are discussed. More specifically, methods for extending range of a Wi-Fi network are disclosed. For example, a device may determine a first HE signal field of one or more HE signal fields of a frame associated with one or more first station devices (STAs). The device may segment the first HE signal field into a common part and one or more user specific parts. The device may encode a first user specific part of the one or more user specific parts individually into one or more first symbols. The device may encode a second user specific part of the one or more user specific parts individually into one or more second symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Qinghua Li, Huaning Niu, Yuan Zhu, Hwan-Joon Kwon, Jeongho Jeon, Xiaogang Chen, Yang Tang
  • Patent number: 10623051
    Abstract: The disclosure provides design of a frequency hopping sequence for an unlicensed IoT system operating in unlicensed spectrum. According to some embodiments, an apparatus for generating a frequency hopping sequence in an unlicensed Internet-of-Things (IoT) system includes baseband circuitry to generate a frequency hopping sequence by conducting a permutation operation based on a physical cell identifier (PCI) and a system frame number (SFN), and to select a channel within an unlicensed spectrum according to the frequency hopping sequence. In some embodiments, the input of the permutation operation is obtained from the SFN or from the SFN and the PCI. In some embodiments, the control of the permutation operation is a function of the PCI and/or the SFN. In some embodiments, the control of the permutation operation is generated using a pseudorandom number generator with the PCI as a seed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore Talarico, Huaning Niu, Wenting Chang
  • Publication number: 20200112943
    Abstract: Technology for a next generation node B (gNB) operable for wideband coverage enhancement (WCE) communication in a MulteFire cell is disclosed. The gNB can determine, at the gNB, an aggregation level (AL) for an enhanced physical downlink control channel (ePDCCH). The gNB can determine, at the gNB, an ePDCCH transmission type indicator in a master information block (MIB). The gNB can allocate, based on the ePDCCH transmission type indicator in the MIB, resource blocks for the ePDCCH. The gNB can encode, at the gNB, control information in an ePDCCH for a system information block MulteFire (SIB-MF) transmission in a first subframe of a discovery reference signal (DRS).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Wenting Chang, Salvatore Talarico, Huaning Niu, Yuan Zhu, Qiaoyang Ye