Renesas pairs with AMD for 5G active antenna systems demo

At MWC Barcelona next week (27 February to 02 March) Renesas has collaborated with AMD to showcase a full RF front end solution for 5G active antenna systems (AAS) radios. It integrates all the essential RF and digital front-end hardware for base stations operating in the Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) ecosystem. 

It includes a high-isolation multi-throw DPD (digital pre-distortion) switch, a high gain and linearity pre-driver in a compact package, an integrated switch and low noise amplifier (LNA) with input signal coupling functionality. The RF front end platform is designed to efficiently process and transmit data to wireless networks with optimised power levels. It has been integrated with the AMD RFSoC DFE ZCU670 evaluation kit for quick prototyping and rapid development of wireless network systems. It is designed to minimise DPD resources for TX channel linearisation, improving radio efficiency and reducing operating costs for wireless network providers, explained Renesas.

Renesas and AMD have previously collaborated on the RF timing for 5G Next-Gen Radio (5G NR), incorporating Renesas’ IEEE 1588-enabled system synchroniser as part of the DFE ZCU670 evaluation kit.

“The RFMC expansion connectors on the ZCU670 evaluation board allow our customers to quickly prototype and evaluate a complete RF line up design for their Radio,” said Brendan Farley, corporate vice president of Wireless Engineering at AMD. “As the market for OpenRAN 5G Radio (O-RU) continues to grow, these reference designs will help accelerate our mutual customers time to market with proven solutions.”

The demonstration will be on the AMD booth Hall 2-2M61.  

Renesas Electronics provides microcontrollers, combining embedded processing, analogue, power and connectivity expertise to accelerate development in automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT applications.

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