6.4D Transmit signal quality for UL MIMO

38.101-23GPPNRPart 2: Range 2 StandaloneRelease 17TSUser Equipment (UE) radio transmission and reception

6.4D.0 General

references to sub-clauses 6.3.1.x in clause 6.4 redirected to sub-clauses 6.3D.1.x, where ‘x’ depends on power class. The requirements apply when the UE is configured for 2-layer UL MIMO transmission as specified in Table 6.2D.1.0-1.

The requirement may alternatively be verified in each of the single layer UL MIMO configurations as specified in Table 6.4D.0-1. In this case, the transmit modulation quality requirements in clause 6.4 apply without modification.

Table 6.4D.0-1: Alternative UL MIMO configuration for transmit signal quality tests

Transmission scheme

DCI format

TPMI Index

Codebook based uplink

DCI format 0_1


Codebook based uplink

DCI format 0_1


6.4D.1 Frequency error for UL MIMO

For a UE supporting UL MIMO, the UE basic measurement interval of modulated carrier frequency is 1 UL slot. The mean value of basic measurements of UE modulated carrier frequency at each layer shall be accurate to within ± 0.1 PPM observed over a period of 1ms of cumulated measurement intevals compared to the carrier frequency received from the NR Node B.

6.4D.2 Transmit modulation quality for UL MIMO

For UE supporting UL MIMO, the transmit modulation quality requirements are specified per layer in terms of:

Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) for the allocated resource blocks (RBs)

EVM equalizer spectrum flatness derived from the equalizer coefficients generated by the EVM measurement process

Carrier leakage (caused by IQ offset)

For UE supporting UL MIMO, the transmit modulation quality requirements are specified as the total component of EIRP in terms of:In-band emissions for the non-allocated RB

The requirements are defined as directional requirements. The requirements are verified in beam locked mode in the TX beam peak direction (Link=TX beam peak direction, Meas=Link angle).

In case the parameter 3300 or 3301 is reported from UE via the parameter txDirectCurrentLocation in UplinkTxDirectCurrentList IE (as defined in TS 38.331 [13]), carrier leakage measurement requirement in clause 6.4D.2.2 and 6.4D.2.3 shall be waived, and the RF correction with regard to the carrier leakage and IQ image shall be omitted during the calculation of transmit modulation quality.

6.4D.3 Time alignment error for UL MIMO

For a UE with multiple physical antenna ports supporting UL MIMO, this requirement applies to frame timing differences between transmissions on multiple physical antenna ports in the codebook transmission scheme.

The time alignment error (TAE) is defined as the average frame timing difference between any two transmissions on different physical antenna ports.

For a UE with multiple physical antenna ports, the Time Alignment Error (TAE) shall not exceed 130 ns.

6.4D.4 Requirements for coherent UL MIMO

For coherent UL MIMO, Table 6.4D.4-1 lists the maximum allowable difference between the measured relative power and phase errors between different physical antenna ports in any slot within the specified time window from the last transmitted SRS on the same antenna ports, for the purpose of uplink transmission (codebook or non-codebook usage) and those measured at that last SRS. The requirements in Table 6.4D.4-1 apply when the UL transmission power at each physical antenna port is larger than 0 dBm for SRS transmission and for the duration of time window. The requirement is verified with the test metric of EIRP (Link=TX Beam peak direction, Meas=Link angle).

Table 6.4D.4-1: Maximum allowable difference of relative phase and power errors in a given slot compared to those measured at last SRS transmitted

Difference of relative phase error

Difference of relative power error

Time window

40 degrees

4 dB

20 msec

The above requirements apply when all of the following conditions are met within the specified time window:

– UE is not signaled with a change in number of SRS ports in SRS-config, or a change in PUSCH-config

– UE remains in DRX active time (UE does not enter DRX OFF time)

– No measurement gap occurs

– No instance of SRS transmission with the usage antenna switching occurs

– Active BWP remains the same

– EN-DC and CA configuration is not changed for the UE (UE is not configured or de-configured with PScell or SCell(s))