Qualcomm this week announced a 5G New Radio system for small cells and remote radio heads — the industry’s first, the company said, to be targeted at the next-generation networks.
The San Diego tech company unveiled the FSM100xx 10nm 5G Solution at the Small Cells World Summit in London and said it would support spectrum in both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave bands.
Company officials added the system was flexible enough to enable manufacturers to reuse software and handware designs across those bands, “taking advantage of the full range of 5G spectrum types.”
Its software defined modem, for example, would enable companies to upgrade their devices to comply with future standards releases.
“With small cells expected to play a critical role in 5G networks, we are happy to announce our highly flexible FSM100xx solution capable of supporting a wide range of use case and deployment models, and to support our customers to deliver on the promise of 5G,” Qualcomm Atheros product management VP Irvind Ghai said in a statement.\\
The solution, officials said, also supports outdoor deployments — including MIMO and multi-gigabit throughput technologies — as well as compact form factor and power over ethernet in indoor scenarios.
Qualcomm said it is currently working with early access customers and plans to being sampling next year.