Semiconductors and Components

Xilinx and China Mobile Team for 5G NGFI

01 July 2015

Field programmable gate array (FPGA) leader Xilinx Inc. is working with China Mobile’s research arm to develop a next-generation fronthaul interface (NGFI) for 5G wireless networks.

In a memorandum of understanding (MOU), Xilinx and China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) say they will research technologies and components for a fronthaul interface for 5G wireless networks that will work in combination with emerging technologies such as C-RAN, large-scale-antenna-system and 3D multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO).

The need for an NGFI in 5G wireless networks stems from the requirement of more fiber cables needing to be laid by operators, a costly proposition. The fronthaul link is a critical subsystem for improvement in this system and will be an important interface for future wireless systems, Xilinx says.

Dr. Chih-Lin I, chief scientist of CMRI, says in a statement that fronthaul solutions need to be rethought, especially with challenges facing Cloud-RAN (C-RAN) deployment. More efficient and flexible NGFI offerings will help “the enablement of large scale C-RAN deployment,” he says.

Xilinx is contributing a reference design based on its Zynq system-on-chip (SoC) platform to the NGFI that will serve as a baseline framework for a 4.5G/5G wireless network research.

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