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CommAgility and Aricent team for 4G and 5G smallcell basestation designs

By Nick Flaherty

CommAgility in the UK has teamed up with Aricent, a global design and engineering company that is part of the French Altran group, to develop 4G eNodeB solutions for Network Equipment Providers (NEPs). THe same deal will lead to pre-integrated 5G solutions.

The current eNodeB small cell basestation designs will be based on the KeyStone II digital signal processors with CommAgility’s PHY software, which delivers a complete LTE Physical Layer for macro cells. Aricent is supplying the L2 and l3 layers of software.

Having a complete solution will help operators boost the capacity of 4G networks to provide more coverage for cellular IoT networks, significantly reducing development costs and mitigate risks to launch LTE eNodeB products to market faster.

“CommAgility is one of the leading PHY software developers for Texas Instruments SoCs, backed up by expert support and worldwide presence. With CommAgility as eco-system partner for PHY software on the TI platform, we have been able to create pre-integrated LTE eNodeB solutions that exceed the requirements of network equipment manufacturers, and we look forward to creating pre-integrated SoC based 5G solution,” said N. Mohan Rangan, Chief Engineering Officer at Aricent.

The SmallCellPHY software is available in two variants – as a Reference Chain, and a version for Texas Instruments’ small cell SoCs. Compliant with 3GPP standards, it is entirely software-defined, to increase flexibility and scalability. SmallCellPHY is optimised for low memory, processing power, and power consumption, and provides innovative algorithms such as advanced scheduling.

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