World’s first 5G NR commercial deployment – jointly enabled by Xilinx and Samsung

24 February 2019


Xilinx and Samsung collaborate to deliver advanced 5G solutions using forthcoming Versal ACAP.

Xilinx and Samsung announced at MWC Barcelona this week an expanded collaboration resulting in the world’s first 5G New Radio (NR) commercial deployment. This world-first deployment is in South Korea and will be followed by additional countries globally in 2019 and beyond.

The two companies have been working together to develop and deploy multiple 5G Massive Multiple-input, Multiple-output (mMIMO) and millimetre wave (mmWave) solutions using Xilinx's UltraScale+ platform. Samsung is also collaborating with Xilinx on its forthcoming Versal adaptable compute acceleration platform (ACAP) products to deliver state-of-the-art 5G solutions. The goal is to address multi-fold increases in compute density requirements in next-generation 5G mMIMO systems, while enabling the use of machine learning algorithms to maximise the benefits of beamforming gains to further boost capacity and performance.

“Our strong relationship with Samsung spans many years and we’re very proud to be a part of the world's first 5G NR commercial deployment,” said Liam Madden, executive vice president of hardware & systems product development, Xilinx. “We are committed to providing our customers with solutions that drive high value services and look forward to our continued collaboration with Samsung.”

“Through a joint initiative from close collaboration with a trusted partner, Xilinx, Samsung was able to successfully supply the state-of-the-art products that were essential in 5G commercialisation,” said Jaeho Jeon, executive vice president and head of R&D, networks business, Samsung Electronics. “Taking full advantage of our resources and gearing up with our 5G solutions, Samsung will take a leap forward in providing immersive user experiences and enriching the life of next-generation technologies.”

Mobile World Congress 2019
Xilinx is showcasing updates to its UltraScale+ platform portfolio, along with other adaptable, intelligent 5G infrastructure demonstrations at MWC in Barcelona on February 25-28, 2019 in Hall 6, Stand 6M30. More information on Xilinx’s presence at the show can be found at

Samsung is demonstrating 5G NR platforms in Hall 2, Stand 2M20.

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