MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits, announced today that the company’s wireless transceiver chipsets are used in Microelectronics Technology Inc. (MTI) Remote Radio Units (RRUs) targeting specific greenfield Open RAN deployments for 4G and 5G applications.
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MaxLinear Transceiver Chipset Enables 5G Open RAN Radios (Graphic: Business Wire)
Open RAN provides operators with a new opportunity to build their radio networks using interoperable network equipment sourced from different best-in-class infrastructure suppliers. High-performance, flexible, and cost-effective Radio Units (RUs) are key elements to every Open RAN network. MaxLinear’s solutions provide a proven software-defined radio platform that enables equipment vendors to rapidly deliver Open RAN RUs that meet these goals with industry-leading features, flexibility, form factor, and power efficiency.
“Mobile operators are pulling Open RAN into the market rapidly because the cost savings and flexibility of Open RAN enable them to address opportunities that were previously unaffordable,” said Joe Madden, Founder and President of Mobile Experts, a leading wireless technology market research firm. “By 2025, roughly 7 million radios will be sold annually, independent of the baseband processors. As a result, we expect the market share of smaller suppliers to quadruple over the next five years, opening up new opportunities for innovative semiconductor suppliers.”
MTI’s Open RAN radios support new 5G Open RAN network deployments with the O-RAN 7.2x interface. These new 5G radios utilize MaxLinear RF transceiver chipsets to provide a high-performance, robust, cost-effective, and flexible platform allowing MTI to quickly support new 5G Open RAN radio deployments with multiple customers.
Additionally, MTI is delivering their MaxLinear-powered Evenstar Radio as part of the innovative OpenRAN ecosystem that fully supports the OpenRAN Reference Architecture including a fronthaul interface compliant with the O-RAN Alliance Split 7.2x.
With exceptional RF performance, MaxLinear transceiver chipsets provide base station designers with a flexible platform to simplify and accelerate their development of next-generation radios. These highly integrated base station transceivers support all air interfaces from 2G to 5G NR, including MC-GSM, making them ideal for developing the scalable multi-standard Software Defined Radios (SDR) that operators need for today’s 5G deployments. MaxLinear’s chipset supports multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) applications in Macro, Massive MIMO, and Small Cell radios.
“MaxLinear is delighted to support MTI’s 5G RRU solutions with our high-performance transceivers,” said Brendan Walsh, Vice President of MaxLinear’s Wireless Infrastructure Group. “MTI has been a key customer for many years, and we will continue to collaborate and innovate closely together to bring industry-leading Open RAN radios to the market.”
“We selected MaxLinear for this deployment due to the breadth of their current product offering and the level of investment they are undertaking for future products,” said Eugene Wu, General Manager of MTI. “We are planning for future collaborations with MaxLinear’s next generation transceiver solutions and world class DPD algorithms supporting highly linearized wide bandwidth deployments.”
About the Evenstar program:
Evenstar program will contribute to the OpenRAN ecosystem by focusing on building general-purpose RAN reference designs for 4G and 5G networks that are aligned with 3GPP and O-RAN specifications and will help accelerate the adoption of TIP OpenRAN Project Group Solutions. RRUs, distribution units, and control unit software have traditionally been only available as a packaged unit, limiting opportunities to serve suburban and rural locations. By decoupling these components, the Evenstar program is expected to enable MNOs to choose best-in-class technology and deploy solutions from an increasing number of technology partners.
About MaxLinear, Inc.
MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL) is a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connectivity and access, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit www.maxlinear.com.
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MTI’s vision is to be the Best RF provider for leading edge wireless communication partners in the Telecommunication and Satellite Communication Industries.
Established in 1983, Microelectronics Technology Inc. (MTI) was the first company to specialize in the designing and manufacturing of microwave and satellite communication products in Taiwan. MTI is headquartered in the Hsinchu Science Park, also known as the “Silicon Valley of Taiwan”. With additional manufacturing facilities located in Wuxi China, and an R&D center in California U.S.A., MTI understands the importance of worldwide communication, and strives to expand its presence across the globe.
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