Open Modular-Based Radio: The Trade-Off Between Flexibility and Performance

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2Q 2021 | IN-6118


5G Radio Market Development Trends


Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) is an integrated circuit designed for designers or customers to flexibly configure the hardware to realize certain processing functionalities after manufacturing. According to a standard processing hardware development procedure, once the performance requirements are well understood, the designed functions are hardened onto Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) for high-speed, cost-effective, and large volumes market provisioning. Such historical strategy works well for most applications that require optimization and high volumes, including radio network deployments of previous wireless generations, such as 4G/3G/2G. However, with the advent of 5G, the rapid growth of data traffic and various service requirements may force network operators and their ecosystem partners to look for a new way to design these systems. As network operators are under pressure to speed up their 5G deployments, there are many new technologies being considered, especially on the radio side—such as beamforming, bandwidth support, and processing requirements&…

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