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Understanding LTE with MATLAB by Houman Zarrinkoub

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Chapter 2

Overview of the LTE Physical Layer

The focus of this book is the LTE (Long Term Evolution) radio access technology and particularly its PHY (Physical Layer). Here, we will highlight the major concepts related to understanding the technology choices made in the design of the LTE PHY radio interface. Focusing on this topic will best explain the remarkable data rates achievable by LTE and LTE-Advanced standards.

LTE specifies data communications protocols for both the uplink (mobile to base station) and downlink (base station to mobile) communications. In the 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) nomenclature, the base station is referred to as eNodeB (enhanced Node Base station) and the mobile unit is referred to as UE (User Equipment).

In this chapter, we will cover topics related to PHY data communication and the transmission protocols of the LTE standards. We will first provide an overview of frequency bands, FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) and TDD (Time Division Duplex) duplex methodologies, flexible bandwidth allocation, time framing, and the time–frequency resource representation of the LTE standard. We will then study in detail both the downlink and uplink processing stacks, which include multicarrier transmission schemes, multi-antenna protocols, adaptive modulation, and coding schemes and channel-dependent link adaptations.

In each case, we will first describe the various channels that connect different layers of the communication stacks and then describe ...

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