5G Open RAN small cell reference platform

5G Open RAN small cell reference platform

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Picocom and iCana have announced a new strategic partnership aimed at leveraging their respective capabilities to jointly develop a 5G Open RAN Small Cell radio unit reference platform. The 5G NR FR1 small cell RU reference designs will enable customers to bring their products to market faster, with greater efficiency and more cost-effectively.

The combination of Picocom’s innovative digital predistortion (DPD) technology, specifically crafted for small cells, and iCana’s DPD-friendly 4-W, 8-W and 20-W power amplifiers, realised in GaAs and GaN technologies, provides an efficient solution with reduced power consumption, complexity, size, and cost while maintaining high performance and reliability.
Peter Claydon, Picocom president, said: “We are partnering with iCana to create more opportunities for customers. Mobile operators ask us all the time to reduce power consumption and size. We are working with iCana on a new generation of Open RAN radio unit design to enable our mutual customers to do both. We’ve been in discussions and working with iCana behind the scenes for nearly two years.”
“Together, we will leverage the strengths and resources of both companies to provide a solution to the market with superior performance at a cost-competitive price point that can drive the expansion of small cell infrastructure,” said Glenn Vandevoorde, iCana CEO.
Picocom and iCana were major contributors to the Small Cell Forum 5G NR FR1 Reference Design project, the results of which were published in December 2021 — SCF document SCF251.10.01. 
This reference platform builds on many of the principles established in that study.

The Picocom/iCana joint 5G NR FR1 small cell RU reference designs are targeted to be generally available in Q4 2023.

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