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NOTE : At high level view, it would not be difficult to understand overall concept of CSI. However, getting deeper into the details.. it would become much complicated .. and tooooooooooooo confusing (at least very confusing to me). That is one of the reason why I wrote multiple pages for the same topic (CSI). Multiple pages for the same topic can be additional confusion to some readers (even to me). However, I thought the page would get too big for download if I put everything in single page and I also thought it would not be bad to provide a little bit different aspect for the same topic with multiple post. But as I add more pages (post), I thought it would be good to write a page to provide high level view and help readers combine all those multiple pages that I wrote. Refer to CSI Overview page if you are not familiar with big picture of the CSI report.

 

 

CQI, PMI, RI Reporting Configuration

 

When (on which subframe, with what interval) the CQI is transmitted ? There are two types of CQI transmission : Periodic and Aperiodic.

  • Periodic CQI : CQI is transmitted periodically with a certain interval specified by higher layer message(e.g, RRC Connection Reconfiguration, RRC Connection Setup). the UE reports CQI, PMI, and RI with reporting periods configured by the higher layer
  • Aperiodic CQI : CQI is transmitted by a special trigger (e.g, DCI0, RACH Response). This can be used to provide large and more detail reporting in a single reporting instance via PUSCH

 

< Configuration for Periodic Report >

 

Let's look into Periodic Report first. As mentioned above, in Periodic report configuration CQI/PMI/RI is transmitted periodically with a certain interval specified by higher layer message(e.g, RRC Connection Reconfiguration, RRC Connection Setup)

 

Following RRC configuration (RRC Connection Setup or RRC Connection Reconfiguration) notifies UE of CQI, PMI, RI reporting configuration.

 

 

But just from RRC message and the two tables (from 36.213), you cannot know exactly at which subframe the CQI/PMI/RI are transmitted. To figure out the exact time stamp (SFN and subframe) you have to go through several mathematical equations as follows. These two equations are only part of the story. You have to refer to 36.213 7.2.2 Periodic CSI Reporting using PUCCH. You will see the many different cases of reporting cycle. I just use this two example to show you how to interpret these equation.

 

Following is an example when CQI only is being transmitted. Npd and N_OFFSET,CQI configured by RRC Connection Setup and RRC Connection Reconfiguration and the value itself came from Table 7.2.2-1A of 36.213.

 

 

The equation itself will be quite simple, but just to doublecheck your understanding, let me give you a short quizz (don't get panic -:)). Here you go.

If cqi-pmi-Configindex in RRC message is 13. What is Npd and N_OFFSET,CQI ?

This maps to the row of the table as follows. You can read Npd directly. It is 10. Then you need a little bit of math to get N_OFFSET,CQI.  The value for this example is specified to be (I_CQI/PMI-7). It is 13-7 which is 6. Now the last step is to apply these two values to the equation above to calculate the exact subframe number for CQI/PMI transmission.

 

 

 

Following is an example where both CQI and RI are being transmitted.

 

 

just to doublecheck your understanding, let me give you a short quizz. Here you go.

If ri-Configindex in RRC message is 200. What is M_RI and N_OFFSET,RI ?

This maps to the row of the table as follows. You can read M_RI directly. It is 2. Then you need a little bit of math to get N_OFFSET,RI.  The value for this example is specified to be -(I_RI-161). It is -(200-161) which is -39. Now the last step is to apply these two values to the equation above to calculate the exact subframe number for RI transmission.

 

 

 

 

 

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