SiTune, an innovator of RF and mixed-signal SoCs has announced two new products for 5G O-RAN infrastructure hardware solutions including Radio Units (RU) and Distributed Radio Units (dRU) for macro and micro deployments.

The devices, IceWings and SnowWings, are said to be the world’s first multi-standard ultra-wide-band RF transceiver solutions that have been specifically designed to facilitate the virtualization of cellular ecosystem and disaggregation of hardware and software in 5G networks.

Both IceWings and SnowWings quad-channel solutions are based on analogue RF and digital RF technology, and are suitable for a wide range of applications in public and private networks.

Key highlights of the IceWings and SnowWings solutions include:

  • Lower power consumption: Through innovation in architecture design, sophisticated analogue circuit design, high level of digital integration, and in backend signal processing and calibration, these products consume less power standalone but also accelerate the deployment of 5G by offering new technology that reduces overall power consumption of the Radio Unit (RU) or Distributed Radio Unit (dRU)
  • Multi-standard interface: Support for a wide range of wireless standards with a flexible scalable interface design.
  • High-performance solutions: Complying with 5G NR specifications and offering superior performance when it comes to signal quality, noise, linearity, and power consumption due to their inherently innovative architecture.
  • Scalable support: a family of products that support various 5G applications including Massive MIMO BTS, private networks, Enterprises, IoT, and Small Cells.
  • Sub-6 and mmWave convergence: Ultimate hardware design flexibility and novel architecture leading to a single pluggable chip converging sub-6GHz and 6GHz including CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) LTE band with mmWave IF transceiver solution.

“Cellular base stations are undergoing a generational transformation for the 5G new radio spectrums, and the technology ecosystem is driving new demands such as programmability, open interface standards, and lower power consumption,” explained Ben Sheen, research director, networking and communications infrastructure enabling technologies group at IDC. “Dense deployment of mmWave in harmony with long-range sub-6 GHz base stations will complete the hardware prerequisites for the true 5G performance premises. Innovations in new transceiver solution for 5G infrastructure radio unit can help address those markets and industry demands.”

SiTune is currently working with various industry-leading 5G solution providers to develop state-of-the-art products for this new sector.