CommAgility Releases New Software to Support the Development of 5G Small Cells

April 30, 2020 Tiera Oliver

CommAgility, a Wireless Telecom Group company, announced the availability of its PHYRefChain-5G software which supports the development of 5G base station technology. Designed for 5G product developers working on satcom, wireless test, military communications, and private network designs, this new software enables the development and deployment of specialized 5G solutions.

According to the company, the software is a 3GPP-compliant solution, improving 5G product development by helping ensure new products meet global standards and are compatible with specific industry requirements. This release follows the general availability of the 5G protocol stack (SmallCellSTACK-5G), in October 2019.   

According to the company, the resources in the PHYRefChain-5G software will jumpstart product development, providing a low cost and short time to market option over in-house 'ground up' designs. As part of the CommAgility 5G product portfolio, the PHYRefChain-5G can play a key role in enabling the use of new radio access technology, 5G New Radio (NR), for efficient development of next-generation communication networks.

The PHYRefChain-5G software is the foundation of CommAgility's complete offering for 5G NR software development, including pre-ported and validated PHY and Stack. This portfolio of 5G NR software helps the development of small cells and private networks. The architecture enables integration with available hardware accelerators and libraries with versions available for both 5G gNodeB and UE product developers. 

The reference chain is compliant with 3GPP Release 15 (specifications 38.22, 38.212, 38.213 and 38.214), ensuring end products will work with all 3GPP-compliant networks. Additionally, compliance with Small Cell Forum 5G FAPI enables integration with CommAgility or other protocol stacks. Algorithms are provided for channel estimation, equalization, and synchronization. Included static test frameworks with test cases and test vectors reduce the investment required in test equipment and creating custom test environments, according to the company.

Version 15.0.3 of PHYRefChain-5G is available now.

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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