EdgeQ Samples Software-Defined 5G Base Station-on-a-Chip

EdgeQ Inc., a leader in 5G wireless infrastructure, recently announced a sample of its revolutionary 5G chip base station to first-tier customers deploying next-generation wireless end networks for enterprise, telecommunications and cloud markets.

EdgeQ offers an excerpt from the complete package solution for customers who develop 5G enterprise-class access points, a radio unit (O-RAN) based on radio access (O-RAN) and a distributed device (DU).

Successful implementation of Radio Access Networks (RANs) predicts the availability and access to ready-to-produce physical layer software (PHY) that manages all major 4G / 5G protocols and features. Traditional silicon retailers offer PHY as reference software, placing the burden on customer development to invest years of operational effort in production. By abstracting this friction with a complete platform solution that includes production-ready 5G PHY software, EdgeQ frees customers from the significant investment, resources, and time typically associated with producing a 4G / 5G PHY stack.

Three years in the making, EdgeQ has partnered with market-leading wireless infrastructure customers to create highly optimized 5G baseband, networks, computing and chip AI pins. By connecting highly integrated silicon with ready-to-manufacture 5G PHY software, EdgeQ uniquely enables a seamless operating model in which customers can implement all key network functionality and critical network access algorithms, such as beamforming, channel estimation, massive MIMO and eliminate box interference.

For customers who want to create added value in their 5G RAN designs, the EdgeQ PHY layer is fully programmable and extensible. Customers can use the extensible nFAPI interface to add their custom 5G service extensions to target the wide variety of 5G applications spanning Industry 4.0 to campus networks and fixed wireless to macro-class macro cells. As the first in the industry, the EdgeQ 5G platform completely copes with the sore point in the implementation of 5G PHY and MAC software layers, but with an open framework that allows a rich ecosystem of L2 / L3 software partners.

Chris DePuy, technology analyst at 650 Group
Traditional market approaches offer basic tape processing hardware and PHY software as separate topics, where the burden of proof lies on customers to produce fully and enable. EdgeQ has the ability and completeness to accelerate the market with a production-grade RAN stack that is also customized and programmable.

Viney Ravuri, CEO and founder of EdgeQ
From day one, EdgeQ has been tirelessly trying to redefine the 5G consumption and deployment model with its RISC-V based open architecture that brings connectivity, networking and computing together. The way we elegantly combine hardware, evolving RAN software, and the innovative business model as a chipset as a service is what crystallizes the vision in a devastatingly compelling way.