Picocom Works with Texas Instruments on Open RAN RU Reference Design

11 October 2023

Further continuing to be a flagbearer for the adoption of Open RAN technology, Picocom has partnered with Texas Instruments to create a 5G small cell radio unit (RU) reference design.

This is based on the 2 companies’ respective PC802 5GNR/LTE PHY SoC and AFE7769D quad-channel RF transceiver IC, and complies with the O-RAN Alliance’s 5W 4T4R 200MHz RU specification for outdoor usage. As well as those semiconductor elements, the reference design includes PCB, cabling and enclosure specifications, plus full mechanical design schematics. Through its use, engineers creating small cell infrastructure will be able to complete their projects within a much shorter period. 

“We are pleased to announce our collaboration with TI and unveil the results of our joint labours. We’ve been working closely to ensure the seamless integration of Picocom’s PC802 and TI’s AFE77xxD transceiver family to offer small cell and O-RU design solutions to market, bringing benefits to new and existing customers,” states Vicky Messer, VP of Product Management at Picocom.

“With this design, engineers can take advantage of an O-RAN-standard SoC and RF transceiver to optimise power transfer and ease system integration for their small cell designs,” adds Karthik Vasanth, General Manager of Data Converters & Clocks at Texas Instruments. “Our transceivers with integrated digital pre-distortion, paired with Picocom’s SoC and software, align to today’s demands for small cell efficiency.”

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