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1. (WO2019045865) THERMAL THROTTLING USING RF DIVERSITY
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CLAIMS

1. An apparatus for wireless communications, comprising:

an interface; and

a processing system configured to:

determine a link quality for each one of a plurality of radio frequency (RF) modules;

select a first one of the plurality of RF modules having a highest determined link quality;

generate a signal;

configure the interface to output a first portion of the signal to the first one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission;

determine a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

compare the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules with a throughput of a second one of the plurality of RF modules; and configure the interface to output a second portion of the signal to the second one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is higher than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the processing system is configured to configure the interface to output the second portion of the signal to the first one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is lower than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is without thermal throttling of the second one of the plurality of RF modules.

4. The apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the link quality of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules before the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the processing system is further configured to: monitor a temperature of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during a time that the second portion of the signal is output to the second one of the plurality of RF modules;

compare the monitored temperature with a temperature threshold; and configure the interface to output a third portion of the signal to the first one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission if the monitored temperature is below the temperature threshold.

6. The apparatus of claim 1 , wherein, during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules, the processing system is configured to put the first one of the plurality of RF modules to sleep during sleep intervals and activate the first one of the plurality of RF modules during active intervals.

7. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the processing system is configured to determine the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules by determining an average throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules over one or more cycles, each one of the one or more cycles including a respective one of the sleep intervals and a respective one of the active intervals.

8. The apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the processing system is configured to determine the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules based on an active duty cycle of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

9. A method for wireless communications, comprising:

determining a link quality for each one of a plurality of radio frequency (RF) modules;

selecting a first one of the plurality of RF modules having a highest determined link quality;

outputting a first portion of a signal to the first one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission;

determining a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

comparing the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules with a throughput of a second one of the plurality of RF modules; and

outputting a second portion of the signal to the second one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is higher than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

10. The method of claim 9, further comprising outputting the second portion of the signal to the first one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is lower than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

11. The method of claim 9, wherein the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is without thermal throttling of the second one of the plurality of RF modules.

12. The method of claim 9, wherein the link quality of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules before the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

13. The method of claim 9, further comprising:

monitoring a temperature of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during a time that the second portion of the signal is output to the second one of the plurality of RF modules;

comparing the monitored temperature with a temperature threshold; and outputting a third portion of the signal to the first one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission if the monitored temperature is below the temperature threshold.

14. The method of claim 9, further comprising:

during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules, putting the first one of the plurality of RF modules to sleep during sleep intervals and activating the first one of the plurality of RF modules during active intervals.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises determining an average throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules over one or more cycles, each one of the one or more cycles including a respective one of the sleep intervals and a respective one of the active intervals.

16. The method of claim 9, wherein determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules based on an active duty cycle of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

17. An apparatus for wireless communications, comprising:

means for determining a link quality for each one of a plurality of radio frequency (RF) modules;

means for selecting a first one of the plurality of RF modules having a highest determined link quality;

means for outputting a first portion of a signal to the first one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission;

means for determining a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

means for comparing the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules with a throughput of a second one of the plurality of RF modules; and means for outputting a second portion of the signal to the second one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission if the throughput of the second one of the

plurality of RF modules is higher than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

18. The apparatus of claim 17, further comprising means for outputting the second portion of the signal to the first one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is lower than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

19. The apparatus of claim 17, wherein the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is without thermal throttling of the second one of the plurality of RF modules.

20. The apparatus of claim 17, wherein the link quality of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules before the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

21. The apparatus of claim 17, further comprising:

means for monitoring a temperature of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during a time that the second portion of the signal is output to the second one of the plurality of RF modules;

means for comparing the monitored temperature with a temperature threshold; and

means for outputting a third portion of the signal to the first one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission if the monitored temperature is below the temperature threshold.

22. The apparatus of claim 17, further comprising:

means for, during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules, putting the first one of the plurality of RF modules to sleep during sleep intervals and activating the first one of the plurality of RF modules during active intervals.

23. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein the means for determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises means for determining an average throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules over one or more cycles, each one of the one or more cycles including a respective one of the sleep intervals and a respective one of the active intervals.

24. The apparatus of claim 17, wherein the means for determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises means for determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules based on an active duty cycle of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

25. A computer readable medium comprising instructions for:

determining a link quality for each one of a plurality of radio frequency (RF) modules;

selecting a first one of the plurality of RF modules having a highest determined link quality;

outputting a first portion of a signal to the first one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission;

determining a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

comparing the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules with a throughput of a second one of the plurality of RF modules; and

outputting a second portion of the signal to the second one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is higher than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

26. A wireless node, comprising:

a plurality of radio frequency (RF) modules;

an interface; and

a processing system configured to:

determine a link quality for each one of the plurality of RF modules;

select a first one of the plurality of RF modules having a highest determined link quality;

generate a signal;

configure the interface to output a first portion of the signal to the first one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission;

determine a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

compare the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules with a throughput of a second one of the plurality of RF modules; and configure the interface to output a second portion of the signal to the second one of the plurality of RF modules for transmission if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is higher than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

27. The wireless node of claim 26, wherein the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises at least one first antenna, and the second one of the plurality of RF modules comprises at least one second antenna.

28. The wireless node of claim 27, wherein the at least one first antenna and the at least one second antenna point in different directions.

29. An apparatus for wireless communications, comprising:

an interface;

a processing system configured to:

determine a link quality for each one of a plurality of radio frequency (RF) modules;

select a first one of the plurality of RF modules having a highest determined link quality;

configure the interface to receive a first portion of a signal from the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

determine a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

compare the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules with a throughput of a second one of the plurality of RF modules; and configure the interface to receive a second portion of the signal from the second one of the plurality of RF modules if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is higher than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

30. The apparatus of claim 29, wherein the processing system is configured to configure the interface to receive the second portion of the signal from the first one of the plurality of RF modules if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is lower than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

31. The apparatus of claim 29, wherein the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is without thermal throttling of the second one of the plurality of RF modules.

32. The apparatus of claim 29, wherein the link quality of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules before the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

33. The apparatus of claim 29, wherein the processing system is further configured to:

monitor a temperature of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during a time that the second portion of the signal is received from the second one of the plurality of RF modules;

compare the monitored temperature with a temperature threshold; and configure the interface receive a third portion of the signal from the first one of the plurality of RF modules if the monitored temperature is below the temperature threshold.

34. The apparatus of claim 29, wherein the processing system is configured to determine the link quality for each one of the plurality of RF modules based on at least one of a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), a received signal strength indictor (RSSI), or a carrier-to-interference (C/I) ratio of a signal received via the RF module.

35. The apparatus of claim 29, wherein, during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules, the processing system is configured to put the first one of the plurality of RF modules to sleep during sleep intervals and activate the first one of the plurality of RF modules during active intervals.

36. The apparatus of claim 35, wherein the processing system is configured to determine the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules by determining an average throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules over one or more cycles, each one of the one or more cycles including a respective one of the sleep intervals and a respective one of the active intervals.

37. The apparatus of claim 29, wherein the processing system is configured to determine the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules based on an active duty cycle of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

38. A method for wireless communications, comprising:

determining a link quality for each one of a plurality of radio frequency (RF) modules;

selecting a first one of the plurality of RF modules having a highest determined link quality;

receiving a first portion of a signal from the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

determining a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

comparing the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules with a throughput of a second one of the plurality of RF modules; and

receiving a second portion of the signal from the second one of the plurality of RF modules if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is higher than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

39. The method of claim 38, further comprising receiving the second portion of the signal from the first one of the plurality of RF modules if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is lower than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

40. The method of claim 38, wherein the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is without thermal throttling of the second one of the plurality of RF modules.

41. The method of claim 38, wherein the link quality of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules before the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

42. The method of claim 38, further comprising:

monitoring a temperature of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during a time that the second portion of the signal is received from the second one of the plurality of RF modules;

comparing the monitored temperature with a temperature threshold; and receiving a third portion of the signal from the first one of the plurality of RF modules if the monitored temperature is below the temperature threshold.

43. The method of claim 38, wherein determining the link quality for each one of the plurality of RF modules comprises determining the link quality for each one of the plurality of RF modules based on at least one of a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), a received signal strength indictor (RSSI), or a carrier-to-interference (C/I) ratio of a signal received via the RF module.

44. The method of claim 38, further comprising:

during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules, putting the first one of the plurality of RF modules to sleep during sleep intervals and activating the first one of the plurality of RF modules during active intervals.

45. The method of claim 44, wherein determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises determining an average throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules over one or more cycles, each one of the one or more cycles including a respective one of the sleep intervals and a respective one of the active intervals.

46. The method of claim 38, wherein determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules based on an active duty cycle of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

47. An apparatus for wireless communications, comprising:

means for determining a link quality for each one of a plurality of radio frequency (RF) modules;

means for selecting a first one of the plurality of RF modules having a highest determined link quality;

means for receiving a first portion of a signal from the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

means for determining a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

means for comparing the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules with a throughput of a second one of the plurality of RF modules; and means for receiving a second portion of the signal from the second one of the plurality of RF modules if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is higher than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

48. The apparatus of claim 47, further comprising means for receiving the second portion of the signal from the first one of the plurality of RF modules if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is lower than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

49. The apparatus of claim 47, wherein the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is without thermal throttling of the second one of the plurality of RF modules.

50. The apparatus of claim 47, wherein the link quality of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules before the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

51. The apparatus of claim 47, further comprising:

means for monitoring a temperature of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during a time that the second portion of the signal is received from the second one of the plurality of RF modules;

means for comparing the monitored temperature with a temperature threshold; and

means for receiving a third portion of the signal from the first one of the plurality of RF modules if the monitored temperature is below the temperature threshold.

52. The apparatus of claim 47, wherein the means for determining the link quality for each one of the plurality of RF modules comprises means for determining the link quality for each one of the plurality of RF modules based on at least one of a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), a received signal strength indictor (RSSI), or a carrier-to-interference (C/I) ratio of a signal received via the RF module.

53. The apparatus of claim 47, further comprising:

means for, during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules, putting the first one of the plurality of RF modules to sleep during sleep intervals and activating the first one of the plurality of RF modules during active intervals.

54. The apparatus of claim 53, wherein the means for determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises means for determining an average throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules over one or more cycles, each one of the one or more cycles including a respective one of the sleep intervals and a respective one of the active intervals.

55. The apparatus of claim 47, wherein means for determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises means for determining the throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules based on an active duty cycle of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during the thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

56. A computer readable medium comprising instructions for:

determining a link quality for each one of a plurality of radio frequency (RF) modules;

selecting a first one of the plurality of RF modules having a highest determined link quality;

receiving a first portion of a signal from the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

determining a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

comparing the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules with a throughput of a second one of the plurality of RF modules; and

receiving a second portion of the signal from the second one of the plurality of RF modules if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is higher than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

57. A wireless node, comprising:

a plurality of radio frequency (RF) modules;

an interface; and

a processing system configured to:

determine a link quality for each one of the plurality of RF modules; select a first one of the plurality of RF modules having a highest determined link quality; and

configure the interface to receive a first portion of a signal from another wireless node via the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

determine a throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules during thermal throttling of the first one of the plurality of RF modules;

compare the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules with a throughput of a second one of the plurality of RF modules; and configure the interface to receive a second portion of the signal from the other wireless node via the second one of the plurality of RF modules if the throughput of the second one of the plurality of RF modules is higher than the determined throughput of the first one of the plurality of RF modules.

58. The wireless node of claim 57, wherein the first one of the plurality of RF modules comprises at least one first antenna, and the second one of the plurality of RF modules comprises at least one second antenna.

59. The wireless node of claim 58, wherein the at least one first antenna and the at least one second antenna point in different directions.