STL and Analog Devices Inc. are working together to develop 5G Open RAN radio units (O-RU) to expand the diversity of commercially available O-RUs and facilitate the growth of Open RAN networks.
As part of the deal, the companies will work closely with other ecosystem providers such as power amplifier vendors to expand the range of STL’s Garuda O-RU indoor small cell offerings. Also, STL will integrate Analog Devices’ leading RadioVerse transceivers into Garuda to create high-performance radios.
Garuda is STL’s radio product that open interfaces compliant to O-RAN standards. The device when combined with Analog Devices’ offerings will create more powerful indoor small cell radios to expand coverage of 5G technology.
The companies said as operators start to roll out Open RAN networks, demand for regionally customized O-RUs to meet frequency band and power needs are increasing. The O-RU is one part of the network that cannot be virtualized and with expanding requirements for commercial-ready frequency band and power options that limit network operator’s choices for indoor radios, the companies said.