MaxLinear and EdgeQ join forces for 5G small-cell solution


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MaxLinear, a semiconductor provider for the telecoms industry, has partnered with EdgeQ, a 5G solutions provider, to build a converged 4G and 5G platform for edge computing applications.

The compact hardware solution combines EdgeQ’s 5G Base Station-On-A-Chip with MaxLinear’s MXL1600 RF transceiver and MaxLIN wideband digital pre-distortion solution.

Combined, the software-defined platform can provide compute power for a range of IoT and edge applications with both 4G and 5G capabilities.

The companies say the small cell platform us up to 50 percent more efficient than other solutions in transitioning from 4G to 5G at scale.

Gerry Leavey, senior director of Wireless Infrastructure, said: “We are excited to partner with EdgeQ and look forward to enabling our customers together with this transformative new small cell development platform.”

“Combining our complementary components will enable our shared customers to leapfrog their competition and accelerate the deployment of small cells publicly and privately.”

5G small cells provide a wireless point of access for high-speed, low-latency connectivity with use cases across IoT, autonomous vehicles, and edge computing.

The distributed infrastructure they provide is essential for facilitating real-time processing of edge data, as well as enhancing network performance and reducing latency.

EdgeQ’s Base Station-on-a-Chip comes with a CPU and multi-node 4G and 5G baseband processing, an accelerator, NPU, and AI functions.

Edward Wu, head of marketing at EdgeQ, said: “Coupling MaxLinear’s high-performance, low-power RF chipset and class-leading DPD algorithms with EdgeQ’s enterprise class, the fully-programmable platform will drive the industry towards a singular, software-defined solution that can be dynamically adaptive to the rich, evolving needs of 5G applications.”

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