Patents by Inventor Richard Stirling-Gallacher

Richard Stirling-Gallacher 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).

  • Patent number: 10568053
    Abstract: A method for synchronizing a user equipment (UE) is provided. The method includes determining a first beam identifier associated with a transmission beam conveying a first received beamformed synchronization signal, determining if a first synchronization cycle is complete, and based on the first synchronization cycle not being complete, repeating the determining the first beam identifier, and the determining if the first synchronization cycle is not complete until the first synchronization cycle is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Majid Ghanbarinejad, Qian Cheng
  • Patent number: 10555263
    Abstract: A method for controlling an uplink signal transmit power at the user equipment and a UE configured to perform such a method are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes receiving a downlink reference signal transmit power associated with a first resource indicator, a downlink reference signal transmit beamforming gain associated with a second resource indicator, an uplink signal receive beamforming gain associated with a third resource indicator, and an uplink signal target receive power associated with a fourth resource indicator and transmitting an uplink signal associated with a fifth resource indicator to a transmission point with a transmit power calculated based on the combination, wherein the downlink reference signal transmit power associated with the first resource indicator and the downlink reference signal transmit beamforming gain associated with the second resource indicator are signaled together as a single metric associated with a sixth resource indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pengfei Xia, Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Publication number: 20200036492
    Abstract: A sounding reference signal sending method and user equipment are disclosed. The method includes the following steps: receiving a configuration parameter of a sounding reference signal SRS, and determining, based on the configuration parameter, a time-frequency resource occupied by the SRS, where the configuration parameter includes a trigger type, a period parameter, and a time-frequency resource location identifier; obtaining a power control parameter of the SRS, and calculating, based on the power control parameter and a preset calculation formula, a transmit power for sending the SRS; and sending the SRS on the time-frequency resource at the transmit power. The trigger type includes beamforming and non-beamforming. The period parameter is an identifier used to indicate that the SRS is sent periodically or aperiodically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Xiaodong SUN, Jian WANG, Richard STIRLING-GALLACHER, Chen DONG
  • Patent number: 10512056
    Abstract: A method for receiving device position determination includes receiving beamformed position reference signals (BF-PRSs) on a plurality of communications beams from at least two transmitting devices in accordance with a BF-PRS configuration, making at least one observed time difference of arrival (OTDOA) measurement in accordance with the BF-PRSs on the plurality of communications beams, and transmitting OTDOA feedback including the at least one OTDOA measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Nathan Edward Tenny, Bin Liu, Pengfei Xia, Aimin Justin Sang, Jian Luo
  • Patent number: 10498504
    Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment (UE) adapted to perform beaconing includes beamforming a beacon signal in accordance with at least one transmit beam of a set of transmit beams, thereby producing at least one beamformed beacon signal, transmitting the at least one beamformed beacon signal on a first uplink channel, repeating the beamforming and the transmitting for remaining transmit beams of the set of transmit beams, and receiving downlink reference signals from a transmit-receive point using receive beamforming and beam adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aimin Justin Sang, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Nathan Edward Tenny
  • Patent number: 10492114
    Abstract: A stable virtual access point and a method for operating a stable virtual access point are disclosed. In embodiments a method for operating a logical endpoint of a stable virtual access point, wherein the logical endpoint includes an interface with a macro access point, wherein the stable virtual access point comprises a plurality of transmission points (TPs), and wherein the TPs provide a coordinated data transmission to a UE comprises storing, at the logical endpoint, a connection status of the UE, receiving, at the logical endpoint, information regarding the connection status of the UE from the macro access point, determining, at the logical endpoint, a change in the connection status of the UE and updating, at the logical endpoint, the connection status of the UE with respect to the change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Edward Tenny, Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Publication number: 20190357153
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a power control method and a terminal, so as to improve accuracy of transmit power used by the terminal during uplink transmission. The method includes: obtaining, by a first terminal, parameter information required for power control, where the parameter information includes at least one of a first parameter, a second parameter, and a third parameter; and determining, by the first terminal based on the parameter information, uplink transmit power used when uplink transmission is performed on a target beam or a target beam pair; where the first parameter includes a beam reception gain of a network device and/or a beam sending gain of the first terminal; the second parameter is used to indicate interference caused by a second terminal to the first terminal on the target beam; and the third parameter includes beam-specific target power and/or terminal-specific target power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Lili Zhang, Guorong Li, Hongcheng Zhuang, Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Patent number: 10485054
    Abstract: A method for operating a first transmit-receive point (TRP) includes receiving a first measurement report from a user equipment (UE), the first measurement report including an identifier of a second TRP, requesting a second measurement report from the UE, the second measurement report to include automatic neighbor relation (ANR) information associated with the second TRP, wherein the ANR information includes a beam specific information, receiving the second measurement report including a first subset of the ANR information, and determining a neighbor configuration with the second TRP in accordance with the first subset of the ANR information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan Edward Tenny, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu
  • Patent number: 10476563
    Abstract: A method for operating a reception point includes receiving a plurality of first directional reference signals spanning a first plane, selecting at least one first directional reference signal from the plurality of received first directional reference signals that meets a first selection criterion, sending a first feedback indicating the selected at least one first directional reference signal, receiving a plurality of second directional reference signals spanning a second plane oriented in accordance with the selected at least one first directional reference signal, selecting at least one second directional reference signal from the plurality of received second directional reference signals that meet a second selection criterion, and sending a second feedback indicating the selected at least one second directional reference signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Patent number: 10461994
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for beam failure recovery in user equipment. The user equipment sends a beam failure recovery request to the base station upon detection of a beam failure between the base station and the user equipment, and monitors one or more candidate beams in which to receive the beam failure recovery request response from the base station, based on an association between a beam failure recovery request response and a beam failure recovery request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Pengfei Xia, Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Publication number: 20190319688
    Abstract: The present invention provides an information transmission method, an access network device, and a terminal device. The method includes: sending, by an access network device, a CSI-RS configuration parameter to UE; and receiving, by the access network device after sending a CSI-RS signal at each level to the UE based on a quantity of CSI-RS signals at each level, a beamforming parameter at each level that is reported by the UE for the CSI-RS signal at each level. Therefore, accuracy of a beam direction reported to the access network device is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Xiaodong Sun, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Kai Xu, Yanliang Sun
  • Publication number: 20190320372
    Abstract: Described herein is a cell measurement reporting method and a related device and system. The method includes receiving, by a user equipment, measurement configuration information configured by a network side, and selecting a serving cell according to the measurement configuration information; and measuring, by the user equipment, the selected serving cell according to the measurement configuration information, and when determining that a measurement result of the serving cell meets the trigger event, sending, by the user equipment to the network side according to an indication of the measurement configuration information, a measurement report that carries the trigger event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lili ZHANG, Richard STIRLING-GALLACHER, Guorong LI
  • Patent number: 10448360
    Abstract: A paging method is disclosed. In an embodiment a method for paging monitoring implemented by a user equipment (UE) includes hashing an identity of the UE to determine a paging frame in which a page is to be sent to the UE and to determine a position of an indicator in a bitmap to be sent to the UE, wherein a value of the indicator indicates whether a page message associated with a paging group to which the UE belongs is transmitted in a current paging cycle, selecting a first downlink beamformed beam from a plurality of beams within the determined paging frame, receiving the bitmap from the first downlink beam and determining that the value of the indicator indicates that the page message is transmitted in the current paging cycle and, based thereon, receiving and decoding the page message to determine whether the UE is being paged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Edward Tenny, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Yunsong Yang
  • Publication number: 20190306858
    Abstract: A method for performing beamformed backhaul communications includes determining first formats of subframes supporting access communications between the first TRP and user equipments (UEs) served by the first TRP, determining a subset of the subframes supporting access communications, the subset of the subframes supports backhaul communications between the first TRP and a second TRP, and communicating with a UE over an access link in accordance with the subset of subframes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Hongcheng Zhuang, Lili Zhang
  • Patent number: 10420109
    Abstract: A method for transmitting feedback includes receiving feedback configuration information for explicit channel feedback for a plurality of transmit beam-receive beam combinations (TRBCs) between the user device and transmit-receive points (TRPs) of a multi-point set associated with the user device, generating the explicit channel feedback for the plurality of TRBCs, generating at least one modified uplink resource for each TRP in a subset of the TRPs of the multi-point set, the modified uplink resources are generated in accordance with the feedback configuration information, the modified uplink resources are configured to convey the explicit channel feedback to the subset of TRPs of the multi-point set, and transmitting the modified uplink resources to the subset of the TRPs of the multi-point set, where the at least one modified uplink resource associated with a TRP in the subset of the TRPs is transmitted to the TRP using a single TRBC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Lili Zhang, Nathan Edward Tenny
  • Publication number: 20190280790
    Abstract: A method for generating a measurement result, and a device are provided, and the method includes: receiving, by a terminal on a receive beam for each cell, a reference signal sent on a transmit beam of a corresponding cell, and measuring the received reference signal to obtain at least one group of measurement samples for each cell; processing the at least one group of measurement samples for each cell to obtain at least one initial processing value; processing the at least one initial processing value to obtain at least one target processing value; and reporting, by the terminal, a target processing value that meets a preset reporting rule in the at least one target processing value to a base station as a measurement result, or using, by the terminal itself, the target processing value to evaluate cell quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Guorong Li, Lili Zhang, Aimin Justin Sang, Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Patent number: 10412767
    Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment (UE) in a millimeter wave (mmWave) communications system includes receiving a first wide beam beam-formed reference signal from a mmWave evolved NodeB (eNB) during an initial time interval, the first wide beam beam-formed reference signal carrying timing information, detecting a wide beam boundary between the first wide beam beam-formed reference signal and a second wide beam beam-formed reference signal during a subsequent time interval, wherein both the first wide beam beam-formed reference signal and the second wide beam beam-formed reference signal are rotated by a narrow beam beam-width during each intermediate time interval between the initial time interval and the subsequent time interval, and informing the mmWave eNB of an indication that the UE detected the wide beam boundary during the subsequent time interval, the indication being used to assign a narrow beam direction to the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Publication number: 20190268957
    Abstract: An interference coordination method includes: determining, by a first cell, first configuration information of the first cell. The first configuration information includes a parameter for transmitting uplink control information UCI by a terminal served by the first cell, the parameter included in the first configuration information is a parameter configured for the first cell and is a parameter orthogonal to a parameter configured for a second cell, and the second cell is a neighboring cell of the first cell; and notifying, by the first cell, the first configuration information to the served terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lili Zhang, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Yongbo Zeng, Bin Liu, Kai Xu, Xiaocui Li
  • Patent number: 10397930
    Abstract: A method for resource and power allocation indication in a beam-based access system is provided. In an embodiment, a method for signaling power allocation in a beam-based access system includes determining, by a transmit point (TP), a relative effective transmit power offset between a control beam and a data beam. The method also includes signaling, by the TP, the relative effective transmit power offset to a user equipment (UE). The UE performs automatic gain control (AGC) on a control channel and a data channel according to the relative effective transmit power offset signaled by the TP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Pengfei Xia
  • Publication number: 20190260557
    Abstract: A reference signal transmission method and a related device and system are disclosed. The method includes: determining, by a first base station, at least one target subframe on a target frequency band, where the target frequency band is a frequency band whose uplink and downlink transmission directions are configurable, and uplink-downlink timeslot configurations and/or transmission directions of the first base station and a neighboring second base station in the at least one target subframe are different; and sending, by the first base station, a first reference signal to first user equipment UE in the at least one target subframe, where the first UE is UE served by the first base station. When embodiments of the present invention are implemented, a reference signal can be transmitted on a flexible frequency band, thereby effectively reducing interference between reference signals between neighboring cells in a flexible duplex system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Lili ZHANG, Richard STIRLING-GALLACHER, Xiaodong SUN, Bin LIU