New integrated small cell solution to address 5G network densification

08-03-2022 | NXP | Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors Layerscape and Layerscape Access family of processors have been selected by Compal Electronics to power its new 5G Integrated Small Cell (ISC) solution. Designed to enhance 5G networks density, the new solution delivers high-performance capabilities based on a four-antenna configuration to provide new 5G use cases. These comprise smart cities and factories, enhanced indoor 5G coverage, and low-latency applications over public and private networks.

5G network signals attenuate quickly, mainly through walls or over long distances. Small cells are needed to boost the network signal to expand coverage to indoor spaces or through dense urban areas. The ISC solution provides the high performance required to enhance network density while also providing the low latency performance users expect from a 5G connection.

“Our collaboration with NXP enables us to leverage the high performance of Layerscape processors to help meet the growing need for higher capacity and broader availability for 5G networks,” said JS Liang, Vice President at Compal. “The 4T4R ISC solution helps enable a wide range of new applications and revenue streams for mobile network operators and private network service providers.”

The solution uses the Layerscape portfolio, including Layerscape multicore processors and Layerscape Access LA1200 programmable baseband processor. These multicore processors offer high levels of integration and leverage Arm 64-bit cores, while the Layerscape Access programmable baseband processors deliver unprecedented flexibility through programmable engines for PHY/baseband processing. The complete system provides efficient, scalable performance exceeding 1Gbps data rates through software-defined radio implementation.

“The collaboration with Compal to create this new high-performance solution underscores the strength of the NXP Layerscape portfolio to accelerate 5G deployments,” said Tareq Bustami, senior vice president and general manager, Network Edge at NXP Semiconductors. “This software-programmable solution addresses the challenge of 5G network enhancements – particularly for smart cities and factories.”

By Natasha Shek