The Future of Wireless Connectivity

5G is more than just another generational leap - it is the foundation for universally connected digital society. This demands a series of superlatives: 100x typical end user data rate; 100x number of connected devices; and 1,000x higher mobile data volume - all the while connecting to a more diverse set of end-user applications. To meet these requirements, 5G is looking to employ existing and potentially new RAT's, utilize new technologies such as Massive MIMO along with new deployment scenarios like cloud-based RAN, yet still remain a cost-effective solution for practical implementation.

A likely deployment scenario for 5G is a cloud-based radio access network, that employs a centralized datacenter-like architecture for baseband processing of a larger number of remote radio heads. Intel FPGAs are vital for this approach, as they can be used with Xeon processors for hardware acceleration and virtualized functionalities.

But while the demands of 5G are sure to be enormous, the specific technologies that will be used to meet these demands still remain uncertain. Intel programmable FPGA's and solutions offer the necessary flexibility and performance needed to meet the ambitious and ever-changing demands of 5G wireless connectivity.

Xilinx provides disruptive integration and architectual breakthrough for 5G wireless with RFSoC family 

RF-class analog technology in 16nm All Programmable MPSoCs. Xilinx's new All Programmable RFSoCs eliminate discrete data converters, providing 50-75% power and footprint reduction for 5G massive-MIMO and millimeter wave wireless backhaul applications.Large scale 2D antenna array systems will be key to the increase in spectral efficiency and network densification needed for 5G. Manufacturers must find new ways to meet stringent requirements for commercial deployment. With the integration of high performance ADCs and DACs in an All Programmable SoC, radio and wireless backhaul units can now meet previously unattainable power and form factor requirements, while increasing channel density. Additionally, RFSoC devices allow manufacturers to streamline design and development cycles to meet 5G deployment timelines.

The integrated 16nm-based RF data conversion technology includes: 

  • Direct RF sampling for simplified analog design, greater accuracy, smaller form factor, and lower power
  • 12-bit ADCs at up to 4GSPS, high channel count, with digital down-conversion
  • 14-bit DACs at up to 6.4GSPS, high channel count, with digital up conversion


Intel's 5G Solution - Flexibility through Programmability

Intel FPGAs provide the flexibility, performance, and scalability needed for cost-effective 5G solutions. Intel offers high-end, mid-range, and low-cost devices that can be tailored to fit individual business needs for 5G implementation. Intel's 5G solution provides:

  • FPGA programmability for flexibility
  • Advanced DSP capability, including hardened floating-point processing
  • High speed 25Gb transceivers
  • High switching capability
  • System-on-chip (SoC) solutions for software and hardware flexibility and scalability


Qorvo is making 5G deployment a reality and supporting the growth of mobile data with a broad range of RF connectivity solutions. RF portfolio for both wireless infrastructure and mobile devices include PAsphase shiftersswitchesintegrated modules and other high-performance RF solutions.

Qorvo has been investing in product solutions to service the market to enable 5G. Solutions covering relevant 5G bands, such as 3.5, 4.8 and 28 and 39GHz. Sub 6GHz product solutions include dual channel switch LNA modules for the receiver and fully integrated Doherty PA modules for the transmitter. Qorvo is also addressing higher frequency applications with fully integrated front end modules (w/ switch, LNA, PA)


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