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PDCCH Resource Allocation

One PDCCH is carried by multiple number of consecutive CCEs. How many CCEs are n
ecessary to carry one PDCCH ? It depends on the format of the PDCCH. The relatio
nship between PDCCH format and the number CCE required to carry the PDCCH is as
follows :
PDCCH Format 0 : Requires 1 CCE = Aggregation Level 1
PDCCH Format 1 : Requires 2 CCE = Aggregation Level 2
PDCCH Format 2 : Requires 4 CCE = Aggregation Level 4
PDCCH Format 3 : Requires 8 CCE = Aggregation Level 8
The number of consecutive CCEs required to carry one PDCCH is called "Aggregatio
n Level'. TS 36.211 Table 6.8.1.1 shows these relations.

Now let's look into a little bit deeper and see how 'Number of PDCCH bits' is de
rived for each PDCCH
Number of PDCCH bits for
(bits/RE, BPSK) = 72
Number of PDCCH bits for
(bits/RE, BPSK) = 144
Number of PDCCH bits for
(bits/RE, BPSK) = 288
Number of PDCCH bits for
(bits/RE, BPSK) = 576

PDCCH Format 0 = 1 (CCE) x 9 (REG/CCE) x 4 (RE/REG) x 2


PDCCH Format 1 = 2 (CCE) x 9 (REG/CCE) x 4 (RE/REG) x 2
PDCCH Format 2 = 4 (CCE) x 9 (REG/CCE) x 4 (RE/REG) x 2
PDCCH Format 3 = 8 (CCE) x 9 (REG/CCE) x 4 (RE/REG) x 2

What does this mean in practical sense ? It means that even the same DCI with ex
actly same bit length, the number of physical channel bits gets different depend
ing on which PDCCH format it is carried by. It means the Code Rate of PDCCH vari
es depending on which PDCCH format is used.
For example, if we use DCI Format 2A (I don t remember the exact bit length
would be around 40 bits)
Case 1 : If we use Aggregation Level = 1
i) After Channel Coding, the bit length would be about 120
ii) After Rate Matching, it should be 72 (1 CCE)
Case 2 : If we use Aggregation Level = 2
i) After Channel Coding, the bit length would be about 120
ii) After Rate Matching, it should be 144 (2 CCE)
Case 3 : If we use Aggregation Level = 4
i) After Channel Coding, the bit length would be about 120
ii) After Rate Matching, it should be 288 (4 CCE)
Case 4 : If we use Aggregation Level = 8
i) After Channel Coding, the bit length would be about 120
ii) After Rate Matching, it should be 576 (8 CCE)

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