Arctic Semiconductor Announces 3GPP Compliant Platform for 5G Private Networks Featuring Products from Skyworks and Synergy.

Highest Performance Open 5G FR1 Small Cell Platform with Lowest Power Consumption

Arctic Semiconductor, a pioneer in low-power, versatile RF, and mixed-signal chipsets, today announced that its low-power, high-performance 4×4 transceiver IceWings is powering a new small cell platform that has passed 3GPP specification and will soon be available in mass production. In addition to Arctic’s IceWings, the platform includes Skyworks Solutions, Inc.’s (Skyworks) family of power amplifiers and timing products and Synergy Design’s carrier-grade 5G vRAN solutions. This cost-optimized platform enables service providers and private network developers to deploy custom 5G networks at scale, a pivotal milestone in 5G infrastructure development.

Private 5G networks offer unparalleled connectivity within defined boundaries. Embracing a 5G private network empowers enterprises across diverse sectors, such as factories, ports, mines, and hotels, with enhanced data transmission speeds and reduced latency, all while upholding rigorous control over the security and management of their customized network architecture. Leveraging distributed small cells, known for their efficient power usage, lays the foundation for these exclusive networks, reducing costs and enhancing the feasibility of such tailored solutions for businesses.

The 5G platform is one of the first open software small cell platforms with the highest performance, meeting 3GPP standard requirements at the lowest power consumption. The platform brings together best-in-class components from leading component manufacturers to offer the best coverage, lowest power consumption, and value-added features for a much lower cost of deployment. The open, universal small cell platform operates at any 5G FR1 frequency band from 600MHz to 7.2GHz. Two different platform variants are available for bands n78 and n79 working in multiple countries.

“Our solutions are architected to integrate with performance- and cost-optimized, industry-leading components easily. For this solution, we collaborated with key industry leaders Skyworks and Synergy to bring this platform to market and enable 5G deployment for private networks,” said Vahid Toosi, founder and CEO of Arctic Semiconductor. “Our family of transceiver products provides the best R.F. performance in terms of noise and linearity with the lowest power solution that meets and exceeds all the 5G performance requirements cost-effectively. We believe this will kick start a 5G private network movement.”

Skyworks’ power amplifiers (P.A.) are a key component to the low-power offering of the new 3GPP-compliant small cell platform. Arctic’s digital-pre distortion (DPD) model and methodology leverage the efficiency of Skyworks power amplifiers with intelligent algorithms, creating an extremely efficient, low-power design while maintaining the highest signal quality and uncompromised coverage.

“As a long-standing and significant contributor to the 3GPP standards, Skyworks’ in-depth system knowledge and R.F. front-end expertise have allowed us to develop best-in-class high-efficiency P.A.s and ultra-low jitter timing solutions,” said Eid Alsabbagh, senior director of product marketing, infrastructure at Skyworks. “Our complete portfolio of R.F. and timing products maximizes the data throughput and range of this design, enabling manufacturers to create cost-effective small cell products that best meet market requirements.”

The small cell platform also includes Synergy Design’s leading 5G Smart RAN solution, which delivers carrier-grade RAN performance while allowing a rapid time-to-market for the small cell platform.

“We are always looking for opportunities where our leading PHY and Software solutions can make a big impact. That’s why we worked closely with the Arctic to integrate our Smart RAN solution on the NXP platform for the 5G market,” said Krystie Chen, CMO of Synergy Design. “This new 5G N.R. small cell platform will enable 5G private networks deployments to proliferate sooner than anticipated.”

“Achieving 3GPP compliance marks a significant milestone for Arctic Semiconductor, Skyworks, and Synergy,” said Brandon Hoff, research director at IDC. “Their new transceiver will enable telecommunications providers to reduce costs and power requirements for 5G, support enterprises in deploying private 5G networks, and offer cost-effective solutions for Fixed Wireless Access.”

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