5G small cell standalone reference platform

October 27, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
5G small cell standalone reference platform
Pre-integrated and tested to reduce risk and effort, the 5G platform provides a 5G gNodeB basestation that can be used as a complete small cell.

Wireless Telecom Group has announced that its CommAgility brand has introduced a new indoor 5G small cell standalone gNodeB reference platform. The SC-RF2-5Gn78 combines the company’s industry-leading SmallCellPHY-5G and SmallCellSTACK-5G software along with its baseband and RF hardware based on NXP’s Layerscape® and Layerscape Access SoCs. This solution is pre-integrated and tested to reduce risk and effort.

CommAgility software is currently deployed in a variety of 5G technology development projects including 5G mmWave repeaters, 5G base stations and small cells, U.S. Department of Defense 5G research projects, and private network deployment. The new platform provides a 5G gNodeB basestation, which can be used as a complete small cell.

“The SC-RF2-5Gn78 provides a 5G small cell development platform that can significantly cut time-to-market, reduce risk, and form the basis of a final product design,” said Edward Young, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at CommAgility. “These capabilities, shown in previous end-to-end connectivity demonstrations using our 5G Reference gNodeB, SmallCellPHY-5G and SmallCellSTACK-5G software have enabled our current 5G customers to accelerate their development and deployment of 5G solutions.”

The SC-RF2-5Gn78 includes two high quality, flexible, 40 MHz bandwidth RF channels, supporting 2x2 MIMO downlink operation. Based on NXP’s Layerscape and Layerscape Access processors, the platform combines 16 Arm® Cortex®-A72 cores with NXP VSPA DSP cores, security and wireless accelerators. Future upgrades will support greater bandwidths and more channels, giving higher throughput. As a collaboration partner with NXP for its Layerscape Access processors, CommAgility can provide class-leading services and excellent support to others developing and deploying 5G products using the NXP platform. CommAgility can also customize its 5G software to the specific needs of each project, which simplifies development, cuts time to market and reduces risk.


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