Lattice introduces ORAN stack for 5G deployments

Lattice introduces ORAN stack for 5G deployments

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Lattice Semiconductor has introduced the Lattice ORAN™ stack. Extending its strong portfolio of comprehensive, application-specific, low power FPGA-based offerings, the ORAN stack enables robust control data security, flexible fronthaul synchronization, and low power hardware acceleration for secure, adaptable, Open Radio Access Network (ORAN) deployment.

According to Kenneth Research, the global ORAN market is expected to become a $22B market by 2028 with an 85 percent CAGR between 2020 and 2028, driven by the rapid adoption of 5G technology. To keep pace with this growth, the communications industry is increasingly embracing the disaggregation and openness of ORAN as drivers of increased flexibility, innovation, and cost reduction. This open environment requires safe and secure communication, tight synchronization across multiple components, and efficiency with low power hardware acceleration.

“Bringing low power, scalable, and secure solutions into networks has been Lattice’s continued priority in fast growing communications market,” said Matt Dobrodziej, Vice President of Segment Marketing and Business Development at Lattice Semiconductor. “With its robust security features, the Lattice ORAN stack is a complete turnkey solution for 5G customers looking to secure data, accelerate network function, and achieve tight synchronization.”

The ORAN stack offers delivers robust zero trust security providing authentication with real-time encryption and decryption functions. It also comes with ready-to-use RISC-V software to configure security functions, as well as Lattice Propel™ and Lattice Radiant® to fully customize and implement security in ORAN applications with its intuitive design interface.

The ORAN stack targets the IEEE 1588 protocol to maintain the strict timing and synchronization requirements between the Radio Unit (RU) and Distribution Unit (DU) to support New Radio (NR) protocols including enhanced Common Public Radio Interface (eCPRI).

Further benefits include up to 70 percent lower power and up to 100 times more resistance to soft errors in the smallest form factor than competing FPGAs of a similar class.

Lattice ORAN stack is its fifth solution stack. Lattice stacks provide turnkey application-specific solutions that combine reference platforms and designs, demos, IP building blocks, FPGA design tools, and custom design services to accelerate customer application development and time-to-market. The portfolio includes stacks for market applications including AI with Lattice sensAI™, embedded vision with Lattice mVision™, factory automation with Lattice Automate™ , Platform Firmware Resiliency Root of Trust with Lattice Sentry™, and now 5G ORAN deployment with Lattice ORAN.

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