First fully functional 4G+5G dual mode small cell demonstration

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Picocom, the 5G Open RAN baseband semiconductor and software specialist, and Kiwi Communications Technology (KiwiCT), a developer of 4G/5G wireless access communication system solutions, have demonstrated the first fully functional 4G+5G dual mode small cell product.

The DYND-6100 small cell unit, which was demonstrated at MWC Shanghai 2023, was designed by KiwiCT and powered by Picocom’s PC802 PHY SoC for 5GNR/LTE small cells.

Commenting Oliver Davies, Picocom VP Marketing, said: “Just a few months ago at MWC Barcelona we demonstrated the dual mode capability of Picocom’s PC802. Here at MWC Shanghai we have shown the industry’s first fully functional 4G+5G dual mode small cell with our customer KiwiCT. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work behind the scenes by Picocom and KiwiCT.”

Ker Zhang, KiwiCT Vice President, said, “The specification and functionality of Picocom’s silicon and software, combined with the company’s strong team and design ethos, has enabled KiwiCT to develop its Picocom powered small cell products rapidly. We will continue to work in close partnership with Picocom as we bring our DYND-6100 small cell product to volume production in Q3 2023.”

The joint end-to-end dual mode small cell demonstration features KiwiCT’s 4G+5G DYND-6100, powered by Picocom’s PC802 PHY SoC, connected to multiple commercial mobile phones, with transmission throughput rates being monitored live via analytics software running on the phones.

The Picocom PC802 is shipping in mass production quantities with mature software for distributed units, radio units, and integrated small cells and supports 4G LTE and 5G NR and can run them concurrently on the same device.