As part of the collaboration, the companies will offer fully integrated 5G digital front-end (DFE) ASICs with tightly coupled RF transceivers and will collaborate on developing next generation Radio Unit (RU) systems – including baseband and RF technology optimized for a diverse set of functional splits and architectures.
"Marvell's leadership in baseband, digital ASIC and transport processors combined with ADI's RF transceiver technology creates an industry-leading architecture for 5G OEMs looking to accelerate time-to-market," said Matt Murphy, president and CEO of Marvell.
The increased complexity of 5G RUs driven both by massive MIMO deployments and mmWave spectrum requirements present unique challenges to RF and radio network designs. Optimized partitioning of RF and mixed signal technology with both digital ASIC and baseband silicon will be necessary to achieve the low power, size and cost requirements for fifth generation networks. The combination of Marvell and ADI's best-in-class technologies enables highly optimized RU designs enabling both standard and customized implementations.