The partnership will combine NXP's digital networking and signal processing portfolio with Movandi’s RF transceiver and systems architecture to deliver 5G wireless for applications such as smart homes, self-driving cars and future mobile cloud-based services.
5G still has some challenges to overcome – such as line-of-sight blocking and reduced latencies between cell towers – and Movandi and NXP say they intend to work on these.
NXP will contribute products from the Layerscape family of ARM-based communications processing platforms and programmable baseband processing.
"Our technology partnership has allowed us to develop our BeamXR system that we are introducing this week," said Maryam Rofougaran, co-CEO of Movandi, in a statement.
BeamXR offers a complete RF front-end optimixe from the antenna to the baseband interface. It integrates the RF PA and LNA, up and down converters, and frequency synthesizer/PLL. Arrays scale from 16 to 256 elements and the RF front-end has been designed to support the full bandwidth and 256-QAM, ensuring compatibility beyond Release 15.
Demonstrations incorporating technologies from Movandi and NXP are on display during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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