Analog Devices launches open radio unit reference design

Analog Devices has launched an open radio unit (O-RU) reference design platform that enables radio designers to reduce risk and time to market.
open radio unit reference design platform by Analog DevicesRadio designers can make for hardware and software customization for macro and small cell radio units (RUs). The platform leverages technologies that drive 4G and 5G RU requirements and includes support for all sub 6GHz band and power variants, including multi-band applications.

Designers can leverage this complete RU solution with comprehensive collateral resources and focus on innovation, enabling their companies to compete for more RU design opportunities.

The ADRV904x-RD O-RU reference design platform includes ADI’s fifth generation 8T8R RadioVerse SoC with advanced digital front end including field proven digital pre-distortion (DPD). ADI’s O-RAN 7.2a IP Stack is hosted on Intel’s Agilex 7 F-series FPGA, delivering superior performance/watt. The platform has been tested with Radisys Layer 2/3 software running on Intel FlexRan server hardware for 8T8R macro deployment scenarios.

“The design resources required to complete RU designs are significant. ADI, together with Intel and Radisys, is enabling a more robust O-RAN ecosystem by offering a complete RU design platform with confirmed interoperability,” said Joe Barry, Vice President of Marketing, Systems & Technology in the Communication and Cloud Business Unit at ADI.

“ADI’s ADRV904x-RD O-RU complements our high performance Agilex 7 F-series FPGA in achieving this goal. Our broad silicon portfolio, in combination with ADI’s fifth generation 8T8R RadioVerse SoC with DFE, enables customers to accommodate a broad set of applications with differentiating feature sets,” said Mike Fitton, VP and GM of Intel’s Network Business Division.

“Ease of integration and performance benchmarking with this open radio design is an important step towards unlocking the full potential of Open RAN,” said Munish Chhabra, SVP and General Manager, Software and Services at Radisys.