2017-02-16 - Launching new AMC module NAMC-ODSP-WSmall cell providing RF, base band and L2/Core processing in single mid-size AMC form factor
N.A.T. Simplifies and Accelerates LTE, LTE-A and 5G Wireless Base Station Development with Complete RF to Layer 3 Processing on a Single Module
Today N.A.T. announced the NAMC-ODSP-W, a powerful new AdvancedMC™ (AMC) module that makes it faster and easier for telecom equipment and service providers to test and demonstrate LTE, LTE Advanced and 5G systems that require MIMO and Massive MIMO technologies. The new module enables developers to implement complete RF to Layer 3 wireless base station functionality on a compact, single-wide computing module.
Combining four RF channels with DSP, FPGA and quad-core ARM based processing, this module includes a comprehensive range of software including a Linux operating system, L2/L3 stack, virtualized core network software and software defined radio PHY firmware. Clocking can be implemented via on-board GPS circuitry, an external reference clock input on the front panel, a TCLKA-D interface (receive or transmit) on the backplane connector, or an on-board Stratum-3 high precision oscillator.
The NAMC-ODSP-W combines:
- Two Analog Devices AD9361 RF-SoCs offering four Rx and Tx antennas operating between 70Mhz and 6Ghz with up to 56Mhz analog bandwidth. This RF interface is implemented on a mezzanine module, making it easy to adapt the NAMC-ODSP-W to new technologies or different RF front-ends.
- A Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA that provides pre-DSP data manipulation while also giving developers headroom for further extension and customization. This includes efficient linearization, such as using a single digital pre-distortion (DPD) per user instead of each power amplifier, and other data pre-processing capabilities.
- Four Octasic OCT2224W DSPs, each with twenty-four DSP cores, providing the specialized power needed for PHY processing. Each DSP is equipped with its own private external 512MB DDR3 memory.
- Two NXP QorIQ® LS1043A processors for L2/L3 and core processing. These quad-core 64-bit ARM-based processors are each supported by 4GB DDR4 memory and feature a data path acceleration architecture.
- A Broadcom BCM5396 switch establishes a full-non-blocking interconnect between the DSPs, CPUs, FPGA and backplane and provides an individual data and control path access to these devices.
The NAMC-ODSP-W can run a variety of cellular software provided by Octasic and its trusted software partners. Octasic has developed physical layer (PHY) or Layer 1 software on the Octasic OCT2224 DSP for multiple cellular standards including GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA2000, UMTS/HSPA, LTE-FDD/TDD and radio utility system (RUS). RUS is specialized software that provides network listen and RF player/recorder functionality on all cellular standards. RUS also includes a base station automatic synchronization system (BASS) module, which can be used to synchronize the internal clock of the NAMC-ODSP-W to commercial base stations in areas that GPS and external clock sources are not available.
For detailed product and functionality information please visit the web site for the NAMC-ODSP-W.