Marvell unveils Open RAN and virtualized RAN platform solutions

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Marvell has announced the introduction its 5G O-RAN portfolio with a virtualized radio access network (vRAN) platform.

With Open Ran Alliance compliance, Marvell’s O-RAN platform solution brings established, leading-edge DPU and connectivity technology to the emerging open RAN and vRAN.

Marvell’s OCTEON Fusion baseband processors, OCTEON multi-core DPUs and Prestera switches have enabled telcos to deploy hundreds of 5G and LTE networks worldwide.

Open RAN architectures provide operators with a choice of infrastructure supplier options for RAN components and increased flexibility and implementations have moved beyond lab trials and greenfield deployments to mainstream mobile and private networks.

Most implementations have relied on FPGA or GPU-based PHY layer acceleration with associated cost and power compromises.

Marvell’s O-RAN platform now provides a purpose-built, cloud native, highly programmable solution to address capacity, power, cost and time-to-market challenges presented by current architectures.

"The Platform provides our customers with high-performance, low-power and programmable solutions that offer a seamless path to commercial 5G open RAN and vRAN market segments,” said Raj Singh, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Marvell’s Processor Business Group.

The OCTEON Fusion baseband processor has 15 Gbps capacity and support for 200MHz channelization, while adding specific O-RAN functions such as eCPRI compression/decompression and split 7.2 interfaces with integrated fronthaul.

The platform includes key reference software, allowing OEMs, ODMs and network operators to rapidly bring O-RAN compatible products to market.

Development kits will be available in Q1 2021.