Mavenir, Xilinx launch Open RAN massive MIMO portfolio

15 April 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Semiconductor firm Xilinx Inc and telecommunications software firm Mavenir Inc have embarked on a project they said will accelerate the Open RAN ecosystem.

Their unified 4G/5G O-RAN massive MIMO (mMIMO) portfolio will enable Open RAN deployments, with the first mMIMO 64TRX joint solution expected to be available before the end of this year.

Tests hosted at Mavenir's lab in Bangalore, India, saw the successful end-to-end integration of a first-generation mMIMO solution using Open RAN principles.

The integration covered multiple deployment scenarios and was evaluated by six "leading global operators". No names were disclosed, however, Reuters reported that Vodafone Group had added the two to "a short list of potential vendors".

Mavenir delivered the Virtualized RAN (vRAN) support for mMIMO, including Core Network, CU and DU, with Xilinx providing the Category B O-RAN Radio Unit.

Mavenir CEO and president Pardeep Kohli, said: “This integration demonstrates an efficient Open RAN massive MIMO solution to achieve diversification of the telecommunications supply chain.

“We were early proponents of Open RAN technology along with Mavenir and actively led in standards development in the industry through many field trials around the world,” said Liam Madden (pictured), EVP and GM of the wired and wireless group at Xilinx.

“With the investment we have done on our market-leading wireless radio technology and massive MIMO R&D, we are excited to collaborate with Mavenir to bring our collective technology and radio system expertise together that will accelerate the deployment of market leading 5G O-RAN massive MIMO radio solutions,” Madden continued.