5G protocol stack picked for 5G small cell research

March 29, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
5G protocol stack picked for 5G small cell research
Large US-based university research center is using the 5G protocol stack to successfully accelerate development of technology related to small cells.

Wireless Telecom Group has announced that the 5G protocol stack (SmallCellSTACK-5G) software from its CommAgility brand, selected during the quarter ending December 31, 2020, by a large US-based university research center, is being used to successfully accelerate development of technology related to 5G small cells.

The 5G protocol stack provides the performance, flexibility, and reliability required for research and testing of the latest 5G technology and system capabilities. The SmallCellSTACK-5G provided by CommAgility simplifies development and delivers a tested platform for researchers to build upon.

SmallCellSTACK-5G is a complete 3GPP-compliant 5G NR protocol stack that is portable to almost any baseband chip and operating system. It is designed in ANSI C for flexibility and scalability and is easy to customize and upgrade.

“CommAgility was selected for its ability to provide a complete and tested 5G protocol stack for the research and development of next-generation wireless systems. Selecting a complete protocol stack like the SmallCellSTACK-5G software enables researchers to develop systems without worrying about interoperability limitations while providing portability of their designs,” stated Edward Young, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at CommAgility.

The CommAgility portfolio for 5G New Radio (NR) development includes pre-ported and validated PHY and Stack software, a 5G core, and a reference chain. This comprehensive portfolio of 5G NR software simplifies the development of 5G small cells and private networks. Integration with available hardware accelerators and libraries is made easier by the software’s flexible architecture, and versions are available for both 5G gNodeB and UE product developers. CommAgility also offers the 5G Reference gNodeB, a pre-integrated system, including both hardware and software, which is based on the NXP Layerscape® Access® 5G integrated SoC chipset.


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