5G and Future RAN Semiconductors

Price: Starting at USD 3,000
Publish Date: 21 Sep 2023
Code: AN-5727
Research Type: Research Report
Pages: 30
5G and Future RAN Semiconductors
Actionable Benefits

Actionable Benefits

  • Determine key trends and challenges in 5G and future Radio Access Network (RAN) semiconductor market.
  • Assist the mobile industry in making decisions for Open RAN deployments.
  • Identify the processing requirements for Massive Multiple Input, Multiple Output (mMIMO) and the need for hardware acceleration.
  • Key recommendations to accelerate chipset development for future RANs.
Critical Questions Answered

Critical Questions Answered

  • What are the major challenges related to large-scale mMIMO deployments?
  • How can Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTs) hardware, in combination with accelerator cards, fulfill the RAN processing demands for Open RAN?
  • What are the most recent developments related to chipsets for Open RAN?
Research Highlights

Research Highlights

  • Detailed description of RAN protocol stack and semiconductors.
  • Detailed overview of the types of semiconductors available for RAN processing, including Layers 1, 2, and 3 (traditional RAN, and Open RAN).
Who Should Read This?

Who Should Read This?

  • Decision makers for mobile networks who need to understand the role of semiconductors in RANs.
  • Open RAN vendors and service providers.
  • Chipset vendors.
  • Innovation leaders who need to understand the role of semiconductors in future 5G deployments.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Market Overview

Market Developments and Challenges

mMIMO Technical Background
Semiconductor Market Overview
Semiconductors for 5G RAN

Traditional Vendor Approach toward RAN Semiconductors

Open RAN Market Developments

Hardware Acceleration in Open RAN
General-Purpose Processors with Layer-1 Acceleration
Potential New O-RAN Alliance Functional Splits for Uplink Performance
RISC-V Based Designs for Open RAN

Chipset Vendor Profiles

NXP Semiconductors
Intel Corporation
Marvell Technology

Conclusions and Recommendations