SAN JOSE, USA: Xilinx Inc. announced its collaboration with China Mobile Research Institute for the development of virtualized 5G wireless networks in a special signing ceremony during the 5G Forum at the International Mobile Internet Conference on August 15.
As 4G wireless networks are being deployed around the world, Xilinx and the world's largest wireless operator, China Mobile, are working together on virtualization advancements for next generation 5G systems to address challenges faced by wireless operators.
In current cellular networks, subscribers at the edge of cells often experience poor service quality due to interference. 5G base stations will employ a large number of antennas to minimize the overall interference and improve both the user experience and network efficiency. Additionally, 5G wireless networks will include multiple radio access technologies that must coexist. As a result, network function virtualization (NFV) becomes a requirement for 5G, with hardware being abstracted and resources allocated dynamically for the required wireless functions.
Xilinx's unique All Programmable devices, design tools and methodologies are key enablers for virtualization technology. In particular, the company's innovations in partial reconfiguration (PR) allow equipment designers to create designs that can be altered in-system without interrupting the equipment operation.
For example, new air interface waveforms can be switched in and out at speed to provide a cost effective alternative to building support for all air interface standards, saving power, cost and increasing system performance. Additionally, Xilinx® devices offer the industry's highest DSP performance to support massive MIMO along with high speed SerDes to move large amounts of data between equipment types.