CEVA Intros ‘Industry’s First’ 5G Baseband Platform IP for ASICs, PentaG-RAN

CEVA (CEVA) launched PentaG-RAN, the trade’s first 5G baseband platform IP for ASICs focusing on mobile infrastructure in each base station and radio configurations, together with distributed models (DU), and Remote Radio Units (RRU), from small cell to Massive Multiple-Input, Multiple Output (mMIMO). 

This heterogeneous baseband compute platform has been designed to considerably scale back the entry boundaries for corporations wishing to interrupt into the brand new market alternatives accessible in Open RAN (O-RAN) gear.

The burgeoning market for 5G base station and radio ASICs is fueled by the digital transformation that constantly calls for increased mobile bandwidth at decrease latency. More not too long ago, community disaggregation pushed by the Open RAN initiative and the drive for mMIMO has gained the eye of silicon distributors worldwide to the mobile infrastructure market alternative. 

With this in thoughts, PentaG-RAN gives a groundbreaking platform for an entire L1 PHY (bodily layer 1) answer with optimum {hardware}/software program partitioning, incorporating highly effective vector DSPs, PHY management DSPs, versatile 5G {hardware} accelerators and different specialised elements required for modem processing chains. It delivers as much as 10X financial savings in energy and space in comparison with accessible FPGA and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) CPU primarily based alternate options. To additional scale back design threat and expediate ASIC design, CEVA’s co-creation companies can be found to PentaG-RAN prospects for the event of their whole PHY subsystem, and as much as designing the whole chip.

The PentaG-RAN platform addresses each base station and radio compute configurations:

Base station, supporting Macro DU/vDU and Small Cell – providing a scalable compute platform for L1 inline DU/vDU acceleration. This configuration handles the whole acceleration of the principle processing chains (knowledge and management), for each symbol-to-bit domains (together with FEC) and frequency processing (together with FFT and equalization). Advanced algorithms together with channel estimation and MMSE calculation are mapped to the CEVA-XC DSP for optimum processing and energy effectivity. It features a highly effective useful resource pool for accelerating COTS platforms and helps high-PHY and low-PHY 7.2x break up partitioning primarily based on Open RAN specs.Radio, supporting Open RAN Low-PHY, Massive MIMO and Beamformer – providing a scalable compute platform for Massive MIMO beamforming processing on RRU facet, together with Beamformer and Beamforming weight calculation. This configuration affords unmatched compute and PPA effectivity, enabling prospects with a aggressive path for price discount and integration choices with transceivers, in comparison with FPGA and different COTS options. It helps a variety of use-cases from Small Cell and Macro, to Massive MIMO 32TR to 64TR and past, for each Sub-6 and mmWave and helps O-RAN 7.2x splits.

To additional expedite time-to-market for PentaG-RAN licensees, the platform is supported by CEVA’s new Virtual Platform Simulator (VPS), a unified System-C modeling atmosphere that permits pre-silicon software program growth, answer dimensioning, structure proof-of-concept, and modeling of all platform elements. The VPS additionally contains reference software program implementation for most important processing chains, in addition to beamforming use circumstances.

PentaG-RAN can be accessible for common licensing within the fourth quarter of this 12 months. PentaG-RAN prospects can even profit from SoC co-creation companies by CEVA’s Intrinsix crew to assist combine and help system design and modem growth.

Guy Keshet, Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile Broadband Business Unit at CEVA
CEVA has been at the forefront of DSP expertise in mobile infrastructure for the final decade, collaborating with main Tier-1 OEMs to ship probably the most superior DSP architectures deployed in 5G RAN immediately. Our PentaG-RAN platform was fashioned out of this in depth expertise and brings the subsequent stage platform answer to assist drive the subsequent technology of 5G chipsets for mMIMO techniques and new O-RAN use circumstances.


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