Wireless data usage has doubled every year since the introduction of the smart phone. This usage has driven changes in wireless standards (such as 3GPP and CPRI) and network architectures (both mobile network and mobile backhaul).

Mobile cellular infrastructure has evolved from traditional analog circuit switched systems to today's 4G packet switched digital systems. These digital systems are based on orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO). During this transition, download rates have increased from tens of Kbps to tens of Mbps with corresponding changes to the physical layer and upper layers of the network. The increasing data rate has forced dramatic architectural changes, including macro, micro, and Pico cells to form a Heterogeneous Network (HETNET).

Today's operators are incorporating LTE-Advanced features, such as carrier aggregation, CoMP, and eICIC, in LTE networks to boost data capacity. They are also researching techniques such as Centralized RAN (C-RAN) and 5G to boost peak download to the Gbps range.

Because of these dynamic requirements, wireless infrastructure operators are embracing the flexibility and future proofing offered by FPGA technology. Intel provides a complete portfolio of high-performance, mid-range, and low-cost FPGAs. These devices deliver the processing bandwidth and flexibility wireless applications require, including a complete ecosystem of intellectual property (IP), advanced signal processing techniques, and reference designs.

Learn more about Intel's wireless solution and the advent of 5G in the following video.

Baseband

To address the demand of gigabytes bandwidth and wide spectrum range with diverse characteristics, there is an evolution of native flexibility and programmability conversion in the future wireless infrastructure.

5G

CRAN

Existing Network

Radio

Today’s wireless infrastructure is built around heterogeneous networks comprised of many different-sized radios, ranging from Macro and Metro to Pico and Femto cells.

Digital Front End (DFE)

Microwave Backhaul

To enable a rapid time to market and feature velocity, the market needs a viable scalable, flexible and differentiable platform that is power and TCO competitive.

Backhaul

Fronthaul