US Pat. No. 10,142,976

USER EQUIPMENT GROUPING AND COMMON CONTROL SIGNALING TO USER EQUIPMENT GROUPS

ZTE TX INC., Plano, TX (...

1. A method of scheduling a group of user equipment devices (UE's), comprising:grouping a plurality of UE's together thereby forming a UE group;assigning a group identifier to said UE group;notifying said UE group of said group identifier;encoding a control channel with said group identifier; andtransmitting said control channel with said group identifier to said UE group, wherein said transmitting said control channel comprises transmitting a common control command to each UE of said UE group,
wherein each of said UE's of said UE group is associated with a macro cell including a plurality of low power nodes (LPN's) associated with a single macro base station, wherein at least one UE of said UE group is configured to send an uplink signal to more than one of said LPN's and said macro base station, and wherein said plurality of LPN's share a same cell identification.

US Pat. No. 10,117,115

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A MODIFIED OUTER LOOP AFTER A RECEIVER OUTAGE EVENT

ZTE TX INC., Plano, TX (...

1. A method for operating a digital communication system, said method comprising:transmitting blocks of information from a transmitter to a receiver of the digital communication system;
said receiver responding to said transmitting by sending one of an ACK (acknowledgement) and a NACK (negative acknowledgement) in response to each said transmitted block of information;
detecting, at the receiver, a receiver outage wherein the receiver itself is temporarily not functioning properly;
indicating, from the receiver, which of said sent NACKs and ACKs are receiver outage NACKs and receiver outage ACKs sent in response to a block of said information received during said receiver outage;
adapting subsequent transmissions based on said ACKs and said NACKs while excluding one of (a) said receiver outage NACKs and (b) said receiver outage NACKs and said receiver outage ACKs; and
sending the subsequent transmissions based on the adapting.

US Pat. No. 10,185,610

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING THE MAXIMUM DURATION OF TIME-CRITICAL FUNCTIONS

ZTE TX INC., Plano, TX (...

1. A method of achieving a target function failure rate for a time-critical computing function, comprising:executing the time-critical computing function; and
adjusting, at the time-critical computing function, a maximum allowable function duration based on past function failures and successes until the target function failure rate is achieved by adjusting a function starting time by an increment of time that is based on the target function failure rate,
wherein a function failure occurs when the time-critical computing function fails to complete by a function completion deadline, and
wherein the target function failure rate comprises a ratio of a number of function failures to a total number of times the time-critical computing function has been performed.