Ingacom Semiconductor Co., Limited (Sponsor)
Hon Lin Technology Co., Ltd (Sponsor)
Hon Lin Technology Co., Ltd (Licensing) (Sponsor)
Hon Lin Technology Co., Ltd (Contract Services) (Sponsor)
5G networks are being rapidly deployed internationally. The evolution from 4G to 5G will enable new eMBB (enhanced mobile broadband) and URLLC (ultra-reliable low-latency communications) use cases. As these new use cases give rise to diverse requirements for coverage area and performance, it is envisioned that 5G networks will adopt a HetNet (heterogeneous network) architecture, where 4G/5G macro cells are used to provide coverage with 5G small cells providing enhanced services, whereas low-, mid-, and high-frequency spectrum bands are used together to achieve wide coverage and/or high throughput. This project will deliver new 5G NR (New Radio) HetNet base station reference design that supports (1) LTE-5G NR dual connectivity (EN-DC), (2) automatic neighbor relations (ANR), (3) supplementary uplink (SUL), (4) cross link Interference (CLI) handling, and (5) a mmWave (millimeter wave) RF (radio frequency) frontend prototype design and beam management. A number of companies have shown strong interests in collaborating with ASTRI and adopting our technologies to be developed from this project. Initially engaged customers include a network equipment vendor and a mmWave RFIC vendor.