US 11,057,088 B2
Hierarchically elaborated phased-array antenna modules and faster beam steering method of operation
James Wang, San Marino, CA (US); and Chak-Ming Chie, Culver City, CA (US)
Filed by Tubis Technology Inc., Pasadena, CA (US)
Filed on May 21, 2018, as Appl. No. 15/985,327.
Application 15/218,022 is a division of application No. 14/106,801, filed on Dec. 15, 2013, granted, now 9,813,129.
Application 15/985,327 is a continuation of application No. 15/218,022, filed on Jul. 23, 2016, granted, now 10,270,507.
Application 14/106,801 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/959,542, filed on Aug. 5, 2013, granted, now 10,439,284.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/757,688, filed on Jan. 28, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2018/0269948 A1, Sep. 20, 2018
Int. Cl. H04B 7/06 (2006.01); H01Q 3/34 (2006.01); H01Q 3/26 (2006.01); H01Q 21/00 (2006.01)
CPC H04B 7/0617 (2013.01) [H01Q 3/2605 (2013.01); H01Q 3/2629 (2013.01); H01Q 3/34 (2013.01); H01Q 21/0025 (2013.01); H04B 7/0665 (2013.01)] 1 Claim
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1. A method for operation at a host processor communicatively coupled to a plurality of antenna array submodules, the method comprising:
determining a region that an antenna array of submodules will be pointing, wherein each submodule contains a number of antenna elements and associated phase shifters;
determining, by the host processor, that the region is adequately covered by one of a set of phase weights previously associated with directions for each antenna element according to a content addressable memory store device where the phase weights are computed using an element index and a Submodule index;
transmitting to each submodule an instruction to load a phase weight associated with a corresponding direction; and
controlling slave Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) devices in an antenna array, further comprising:
initializing at the same time all common registers within every slave RFIC device in the antenna array to the same calibrated gain values;
transferring said calibrated gain values into every instance of local registers for transformation by antenna element specific phase shifter factors;
storing antenna element specific phase shifter factors in local registers;
computing phase shifter values; and
looking up gain settings.