NXP, Movandi form 5G partnership over BeamXR

February 21, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
NXP, Movandi form 5G partnership over BeamXR
Movandi Corp. (Newport Beach, Calif.) a developer of RF front-ends for 28GHz and 39GHz millimeter-wave communications, has formed a partnership with NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).

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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