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LTE "network in a box" on parade at MWC 2016

17th February 2016
Mick Elliott

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona CommAgility will be showcasing its embedded signal processing and RF modules, and LTE PHY/stack software which provide reliable solutions for 4G and 5G mobile network and related applications. CommAgility and Quortus will be demonstrating a 'network on a card’ (NiB) solution.

This is based around CommAgility’s new AMC-D24AF4-RF2 AdvancedMC module, along with the company’s eNodeB Physical Layer and Protocol Stack software, and a complete LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution from Quortus, all integrated on the Texas Instruments (TI) TCI6638 System-on-Chip (SoC).

The new AMC-D24AF4-RF2 is a highly integrated AdvancedMC (AMC) card with two wideband RF transceiver channels. The module’s main processor is the KeyStone II architecture-based TCI6638 digital signal processor (DSP)/ARM SoC, which includes eight TMS320C66x+ DSP cores, as well as four ARM Cortex-A15 cores for higher layer processing. The module also has two C6678 DSPs, plus a large Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA.

Quortus ECX Core is a fully-featured virtualised LTE core network with advanced features such as integrated VoLTE / SIP voice, S1/X2 handover, dedicated bearers, CS fallback (CSFB), SMS, inter-RAT and SRVCC.

Designed to run on a broad range of hardware, from cloud servers to embedded processors such as the TCI6638 processor, ECX Core allows the creation of solutions that function as standalone private networks, or with interconnect to existing MNO infrastructure. 

A two-channel variant of CommAgility’s existing AMC-D24AF4-RF4, the AMC-D24AF4-RF2 is designed to support wireless baseband processing and a 2x2 MIMO air interface in radio test systems, small cells, and UEs for standard or specialised LTE and LTE-Advanced systems up to and beyond Release 10. 

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