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Xilinx in 5G Partnership with Fujitsu

FPGA chip maker Xilinx, whose acquisition by AMD was announced last October, and Fujitsu, developer along with Japan’s RIKEN Center for Computational Science of Fugaku, the world’s no. 1 supercomputer, today announced plans to collaborate on 5G development in the U.S.

Xilinx said it is supplying its UltraScale+ technology to Fujitsu for its O-RAN 5G radio units (O-RUs) and will be deployed in the first O-RAN-compliant 5G greenfield networks in the U.S. Fujitsu is also evaluating Xilinx RFSoC technology with the intent of redcucing cost and power consumption in future deployments.

Fujitsu O-RUs are built for a range spectrum and multi-band applications for 5G O-RAN networks. The Xilinx UltraScale+ devices used within Fujitsu O-RUs are intended to offer a balance of economies, adaptability and scalability for 5G O-RAN network requirements, Xilinx said. Additionally, Xilinx will continue to work with other O-RAN ecosystem partners to ensure continued validation of the hardware and software necessary for world-class 5G networks.

The companies said the first greenfield 5G O-RAN systems will be deployed this year. More information about Xilinx’s wireless 5G O-RAN solutions can be found at: https://www.xilinx.com/applications/wired-wireless/wireless.html

“Our Fujitsu design team worked closely with Xilinx on our O-RAN radio units to enable greater flexibility and cost savings while also delivering greater innovation as well as new capabilities for 5G networks,” said Masaki Taniguchi, senior vice president and head of the Mobile System Business Unit at Fujitsu. “Together, Xilinx’s UltraScale+ portfolio of solutions with Fujitsu’s leading radio platforms deliver a solid foundation for enabling the great benefits of O-RAN that are central to 5G deployments. We look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts with Xilinx to integrate its RFSoC family into our next-generation solutions.”

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