APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Enables MTI's 5G Open RAN Radio Platform MaxLinear Transceiver Chipset

businesswire | December 15, 2020

MaxLinear, Inc, a main supplier of radio recurrence (RF), simple, advanced and blended sign coordinated circuits, declared today that the organization's remote handset chipsets are utilized in Microelectronics Technology Inc. (MTI) Remote Radio Units (RRUs) focusing on explicit greenfield Open RAN arrangements for 4G and 5G applications.

Open RAN furnishes administrators with another occasion to fabricate their radio organizations utilizing interoperable organization hardware sourced from various top tier foundation providers. Elite, adaptable, and financially savvy Radio Units (RUs) are key components to each Open RAN network. MaxLinear's answers give a demonstrated programming characterized radio stage that empowers hardware sellers to quickly convey Open RAN RUs that meet these objectives with industry-driving highlights, adaptability, structure factor, and force effectiveness.

“Mobile operators are pulling Open RAN into the market rapidly because the cost savings and flexibility of Open RAN enable them to address opportunities that were previously unaffordable,” said Joe Madden, Founder and President of Mobile Experts, a leading wireless technology market research firm. “By 2025, roughly 7 million radios will be sold annually, independent of the baseband processors. As a result, we expect the market share of smaller suppliers to quadruple over the next five years, opening up new opportunities for innovative semiconductor suppliers.”

MTI's Open RAN radios uphold new 5G Open RAN network arrangements with the O-RAN 7.2x interface. These new 5G radios use MaxLinear RF handset chipsets to give a superior, powerful, savvy, and adaptable stage permitting MTI to rapidly uphold new 5G Open RAN radio arrangements with numerous clients.

Moreover, MTI is conveying their MaxLinear-controlled Evenstar Radio as a feature of the imaginative OpenRAN environment that completely underpins the OpenRAN Reference Architecture including a fronthaul interface consistent with the O-RAN Alliance Split 7.2x.

With remarkable RF execution, MaxLinear handset chipsets furnish base station creators with an adaptable stage to disentangle and quicken their advancement of cutting edge radios. These profoundly incorporated base station handsets uphold all air interfaces from 2G to 5G NR, including MC-GSM, making them ideal for building up the adaptable multi-standard Software Defined Radios (SDR) that administrators need for the present 5G organizations. MaxLinear's chipset underpins numerous information, different yield (MIMO) applications in Macro, Massive MIMO, and Small Cell radios.
"MaxLinear is delighted to support MTI’s 5G RRU solutions with our high-performance transceivers,” said Brendan Walsh, Vice President of MaxLinear’s Wireless Infrastructure Group. “MTI has been a key customer for many years, and we will continue to collaborate and innovate closely together to bring industry-leading Open RAN radios to the market.”

“We selected MaxLinear for this deployment due to the breadth of their current product offering and the level of investment they are undertaking for future products,” said Eugene Wu, General Manager of MTI. “We are planning for future collaborations with MaxLinear’s next generation transceiver solutions and world class DPD algorithms supporting highly linearized wide bandwidth deployments.”

About the Evenstar program:
Evenstar program will contribute to the OpenRAN ecosystem by focusing on building general-purpose RAN reference designs for 4G and 5G networks that are aligned with 3GPP and O-RAN specifications and will help accelerate the adoption of TIP OpenRAN Project Group Solutions. RRUs, distribution units, and control unit software have traditionally been only available as a packaged unit, limiting opportunities to serve suburban and rural locations. By decoupling these components, the Evenstar program is expected to enable MNOs to choose best-in-class technology and deploy solutions from an increasing number of technology partners.

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Over the last couple of years, edge computing has emerged from relative obscurity to become one of the most talked about trends in internet infrastructure. Some critics believe that there is no need for edge computing, but I firmly believe it will be one of the most significant technology disruptions in my lifetime—building upon and exceeding the massive transformations of the public cloud. The disruptive potential of edge computing is fueled by the unprecedented growth of data, the
imminent impact of 5G networks, the growing importance of latency and regulation in dealing with data, and the emergence of a distributed computing architecture that favors specialized hardware like GPU’s and offloads. As a result, infrastructure is starting to evolve at “software speed" – iterating rapidly and attracting a wide array of contributors

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CTIA | January 13, 2022

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Governed by industry leaders, guided by government priorities, and managed by CTIA, the test bed is the latest in a series of steps the industry has taken to make 5G the most secure network ever. Its founding members developed the initiative through their participation in CTIA's Cybersecurity Working Group, which convenes the world's leading telecom and tech companies to assess and address the present and future of cybersecurity. The STB primarily focuses on verifying the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) VII recommendations for 5G networks. The STB will also serve as a valuable industry resource for CSRIC VIII, focused on 5G security, which launched in June, and includes CTIA SVP and CTO Tom Sawanobori among its members. 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Critical Infrastructure, in particular, must have secure and resilient communication end to end, while maintaining the trust and integrity of its supply chain. Ericsson is proud to be such a trusted supplier, as we provide much of that next-gen equipment from our 5G Smart Factory in Lewisville, TX and services from across the U.S." —Jason Boswell, VP and Head of End-to-End Security, Ericsson North America "5G is the most secure generation of wireless networks to date, and we are dedicated to enhancing those protections even further. We're thrilled that the 5G Security Test Bed will provide an environment to assess potential threats to 5G security raised by security researchers." — Drew Morin, Director, Federal Cyber Security Technology and Engineering Programs, T-Mobile "The work being done by this collaborative group to evaluate and validate assumptions is important for protecting the integrity and security of 5G data. 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Geoverse Brings the Power of Private LTE/5G Networks to the Port of Oakland

Geoverse | June 14, 2021

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Anritsu, in Collaboration with Qualcomm, Verifies Industry-First Enhanced Network Slicing and Power Saving Tests for 5G New Radio Standalone

Anritsu | January 10, 2022

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