Qualcomm Breaks Ground for First 5G NR Solutions
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has introduced one of the industry's first 5G NR solutions targeted for small cells and remote radio head deployments (FSM100xx). Building on the market-proven and broadly deployed Qualcomm FSM Platform for 3G and 4G small cells, this new small cell product will support 5G NR in both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum.
Qualcomm's 5G NR solution is designed to enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to reuse both software and hardware designs across sub-6GHz and mmWave products, supporting high-bandwidth and robust coverage for mobile subscribers around the globe. Small cell densification, which is already under way for 4G, is likewise expected to be a critical component of 5G network deployments and FSM100xx readies the industry to develop powerful and uniform 5G user experiences, taking advantage of the full range of 5G spectrum types.
The FSM100xx applies Qualcomm Technologies' expertise in 10nm mobile technologies to facilitate superior power consumption and performance, supporting critical outdoor deployments and challenging indoor scenarios. Given the propagation characteristics of 5G NR's higher frequencies (especially mmWave), solutions are needed to support delivery of uniform 5G experiences, especially indoors where most data is consumed. Benefitting from our extensive 5G mobile experience and technology, the FSM100xx solution scales to address outdoor small cell performance requirements such as support for MIMO implementation and multi-gigabit throughput, as well as support indoor requirements such as compact form factor and power over Ethernet (PoE) support.
The FSM100xx also includes a software defined modem, designed to facilitate OEMs to readily upgrade their devices to comply with future 3GPP releases. Additionally, this 5G NR solution supports various options for interface splits between central unit (CU) and remote radio head, providing OEMs and operators with the flexibility to use a 5G radio access network architecture that best fits their needs, such as a virtualized 5G architecture that is designed to deliver scalability through the cloud or a more distributed architecture to ease front haul requirements.