Apparatus and Method for Reporting System Frame Number (SFN) and Subframe Offset in Dual Connectivity (DC) Enhancement

Utility Patent Application (A1)

May 21, 2020

Source: USPTO via Sqoop

Applicants: Apple Inc.

Inventors: Rui Huang, Yang Tang

Embodiments of a user equipment (UE) for reporting of timing offset for dual connectivity enhancement are disclosed herein. The UE can include transceiver circuitry to connect to a master cell group via a master evolved node B (eNB) and a secondary cell group via a secondary eNB. Additionally, the UE can receive a first reference signal from the master eNB and a N second reference signal from a secondary eNB. Moreover, the UE can include processing circuitry to calculate a system frame number (SFN) and subframe timing difference (SSTD) based on the first reference signal and the second reference signal. Moreover, the UE can generate a measurement report having a synchronization indicator for dual connectivity based on the calculated SSTD. Subsequently, the UE can send the generated measurement report to the master eNB.