Patent Number: 8,798,214

Title: Minimum finger low-power demodulator for wireless communication

Abstract: Techniques for assigning multipaths to finger processors to achieve the desired data performance and low power consumption are described. A search is initially performed to obtain a set of multipaths for a transmission from at least one base station. At least one multipath (e.g., the minimum number of multipaths) having a combined performance metric (e.g., a combined SNR) exceeding a threshold is identified. The at least one multipath is assigned to, and processed by, at least one finger processor to recover the transmission from the base station(s).

Inventors: Howard; Michael Alexander (Cardiff, CA), Namgoong; June (Chula Vista, CA), Pan; Hanfang (San Diego, CA)

Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated

International Classification: H04B 7/10 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018