Under the agreement, CEVA has adapted its widely-deployed CEVA-XC architecture framework to address the massive increase in signal processing complexity in multi-RAT (Radio Access Technology) network architectures.
Nokia ReefShark is based on 3GPP 5G New Radio specifications, which help offset deployment costs and TCO, while fulfilling architecture-driven network requirements. ReefShark reduces the size, cost and energy consumption at each cell site, while simultaneously boosting the intelligence and performance of massive MIMO antennas. ReefShark also boosts baseband compute capacity through plug-in units fitted into the commercially available Nokia AirScale baseband module. AirScale is software-upgradeable to full 5G functionality, and these plug-in units triple the throughput from Nokia's advanced 28 Gbps today, to up to 85 Gbps per module.
"The CEVA-XC framework is a highly renowned DSP architecture for communications processing and is ideal to meet the stringent performance requirements of next generation 4.9G and 5G base stations," said Henri Tervonen, CTO and Head of R&D Foundation, Mobile Networks, Nokia. "We, along with our silicon partners, have collaborated closely with CEVA on developing a custom version of the CEVA-XC for ReefShark, adopting new practices, methodologies and advanced process nodes that allow us to fully realize the capabilities that the 5G standard will bring."
"This collaboration is a direct result of our strong competencies and investment in advanced DSP technologies for next generation heterogeneous networks. It further expands our foothold as the end-to-end wireless DSP provider, covering base stations, terminals, cellular IoT and any other form of cellular enabled device," said Issachar Ohana, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at CEVA.
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