Xilinx and Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. are collaborating to bring smarter solutions to market. These solutions reduce CapEx and OpEx costs through the use of Sumitomo Electric’s Gallium Nitride (GaN) power amplifier transistors and Xilinx SmartCORE IP that result in higher radio unit efficiencies. Wireless system designers using Xilinx’s SmartCORE IP can scale to support small cells to high-end macro cells, as well as active antenna systems (AAS), offering users time-to-market advantages, lower development costs, high efficiency, lower SWaP (size, weight and power), and lower total cost.
Xilinx radio SmartCORE IP such as Digital Up and Down Converters (DUC/DDC), Crest Factor Reduction (CFR) and Digital Pre-Distortion (DPD) IP cores, coupled with generation-ahead 28nm Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs, offers customers a single-chip implementation of the entire digital radio in addition to board level control and calibration typically found in an external processor.
The high breakdown voltage and saturation velocity characteristics of GaN devices make it an ideal candidate for high-power and high-temperature base station applications. The higher power density of GaN also allows for smaller devices, reducing size and cost.