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Samsung and Xilinx team up for 5G commercial deployments

Xilinx says that its Versal adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP) will be utilised by Samsung for worldwide 5G commercial deployments.

The Versal ACAPs provide a universal, flexible and scalable platform that can address multiple operator requirements across multiple geographies. “Samsung has been working closely with Xilinx, paving the way for enhancing our 5G technical leadership and opening up a new era in 5G,” says Jaeho Jeon, executive vice president and head of R&D, Networks business, Samsung Electronics, in a press release. “Taking a step further by applying Xilinx’s new advanced platform to our solutions, we expect to increase 5G performance and accelerate our leadership position in the global market.” Versal ACAP operates at the heart of 5G to perform the complex, real-time signal processing, including the beamforming techniques used to increase network capacity. 5G requires beamforming, which allows multiple data streams to be transmitted simultaneously to multiple users using the same spectrum. This is what enables the dramatic increase in 5G network capacity. Beamforming technology, however, requires significant compute density and advanced high-speed connectivity – on-chip and off-chip – to meet 5G’s low-latency requirements. Adding to this, different system-functional partition requirements and algorithm implementations lead to a wide range of processing performance and compute precision. It is extremely challenging for traditional FPGAs to optimally address this requirement while meeting thermal and system footprint constraints. Versal ACAPs offer compute density at low power consumption to perform the real-time, low-latency signal processing demanded by beamforming algorithms. “Samsung is a trailblazer when it comes to 5G innovation and we are excited to play an essential role in its 5G commercial deployments,” says Liam Madden, executive vice president and general manager, Wired and Wireless Group, Xilinx. “Versal ACAPs will provide Samsung with the superior signal processing performance and adaptability needed to deliver an exceptional 5G experience to its customers now and into the future.”
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