AccelerComm in the UK has teamed up with Israeli designer Silicom on a 5G O-RAN open basestation.
Accercom’s physical layer IP increases spectral efficiency and reduces latency, allowing a 7.2x 5G O-RAN standards-compliant basestation design for either indoor or outdoor deployments. This uses Silicom’s N5010 PCIe card.
The project, developed for an unnamed 5G network infrastructure vendor, combines the technology to increase reliability while reducing latency and power consumption for the most critical components of the 5G physical layer. This combines AccelerComm’s PUSCH Decoder and the PDSCH Encoder running on Intel’s Stratix 10 DX FPGA, which is a part of Silicom’s N5010 PCIe card. This uses Intel’s Open FPGA Stack Software infrastructure to provide a Layer 1 High PHY accelerator function.
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“For 5G to meet its full potential it is critical that the whole O-RAN ecosystem works together to maximize the benefits from this technology,” said Rob Barnes, Chief Commercial Officer at AccelerComm. “Working with Silicom we are combining our areas of expertise to produce a solution which significantly improves spectral efficiency and network performance while reducing resource requirements and power consumption for 5G RAN equipment, helping deliver on the promise of Open RAN.”
“When we developed the N5010 Stratix 10 based platform, we had in mind 5G/O-RAN performance boosting, which is what AccelerComm has achieved through their implementation on our platform. This project demonstrates the power of collaboration within the Open RAN community,” said Nadav Yafe, VP Business Development and Product at Silicom.
Silicom is based in Tel Aviv with offices in the US and Denmark and has long-term relationships with more than 200 customers throughout the world, with over 400 active design wins and more than 300 product variants.
AccelerComm’s physical layer product portfolio includes complete channel coding uplink and downlink IP solutions that deliver reduced latency, high reliability, and low power consumption for the most critical components of the 5G physical layer. The IP packages can be quickly integrated and flexibly delivered for use in custom silicon a an ASIC, programmable FPGAs or as software.
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