This work examines the energy saving potential of powering down RRC_connected but unscheduled User Equipment (UE). The idea is to power down energy consuming circuits in RF and BB, when it is determined by Fast Control Channel Decoding (FCCD) that the UE is not scheduled to receive downlink data in the current TTI. The cost is that some reference signals are not received leading to a degraded channel estimate. Calculations show that this causes an SINR degradation of approximately 0.5 dB, which will result in maximum 4 % throughput loss. Comparing this with energy saving potentials of 5 %-25 % it is concluded that the FCCD method is a valuable aid to prolong LTE phones' battery lifetime. The results are generated using a two state Markov chain model to simulate traffic and scheduling, and verified mathematically. The work also includes an examination of various data traffic types' on/off relation and an evaluation of how the relation affects power consumption. The FCCD method can complement DRX sleep mode since it is applicable when the signal is too aperiodic or fast switching for DRX.
Ieee Vts ... Vehicular Technology Conference, 2012, p. 1-5