Picocom in 5G Open RAN board deal

Picocom in 5G Open RAN board deal

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By Nick Flaherty

Picocom in Bristol has signed a key deal for its silicon in Open RAN 5G radio units and to distribute its boards.

The partnership with Accton Technology Group in Taiwan sees Picocom’s PC802 chip and software used in Accton’s new 5G Open RAN radio units (O-RUs), and Accton will bring Picocom’s ORANIC in-line PHY/NIC distributed unit (O-DU) card to the mass market.

The PC802 started shipping in mass production quantities this month alongside mature software for Open RAN Distributed Units (O-DU) and Radio Units (O-RU), as well as integrated small cells. In addition, PC802 supports both 4G LTE and 5G NR.

The ‘ORANIC’ board is an Open RAN in-line PHY and NIC board, designed for 5G O-RAN O-DU data plane servers. The board has four PC802s, driving four 25G SFP Ethernet connections and interfaces to L2 software via the Open RAN SCF FAPI interface. It includes O-RAN Open Fronthaul interface processing is integrated directly into the PC802 and can drive up to 16 radio units (16 2T2R or eight 4T4R O-RUs).


“As a leader in the wireless industry, it is paramount that we seek out and partner with the best technology providers available. Picocom has emerged as the 5G Open RAN PHY provider of choice. Accton has been closely monitoring and working with Picocom for some time – we are pleased to be able to go public with our multi-layered partnership,” said Mingshou Liu, President of Accton Technology China. 

“We are honoured to be working in partnership with Accton. It is a privilege to have such a renowned ODM company bring our award-winning in-line PHY/NIC card to market,” said Peter Claydon, President of Picocom.

“Accton will not only help realise ORANIC into the fully-featured product that the industry needs and wants, but we’ll also see PC802 devices and our 5G NR O-RU software at the heart of future Accton O-RU products,” he said.

Picocom has already signed deals for its silicon with SOLiD and BLiNQ and worked with Radisys on interoperability.;

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