Telecom Infra Project, Intel Team on mMIMO for the Metaverse
November 2, 2022
networks require more capacity and intelligence to support the metaverse
and enhanced reality applications for both consumers and businesses.
Massive MIMO (mMIMO) can deliver more capacity and thanks to beamforming
capabilities, concentrate bandwidth to devices, providing the capability
to deliver metaverse experiences from a single 5G radio. However, there
are currently no mMIMO whitebox solutions available with extensive
end-to-end capabilities to satiate this demand.
In response, Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is collaborating with Intel and
Analog Devices to enable the metaverse with O-RAN massive MIMO (mMIMO)
solutions, as part of the TIP OpenRAN project group. The collaboration
will result in a 5G mMIMO Open RAN Radio Unit (O-RU) whitebox, to be
distributed by Intel and able to support O-RAN’s workgroup 4 IoT
profile. The whitebox will be powered by Intel® Agilex™ and will
leverage Intel’s advanced beamforming technology and Analog Devices’
RadioVerse® System on Chip (SoC) software defined transceiver.
Using its programmable, widely adopted silicon and advanced beamforming
technology, the compact whitebox will be equipped with a ready-to-deploy
mMIMO wideband implementation. The mMIMO O-RU was conceived as a
32-antenna element wideband standalone radio unit supporting O-RAN
interfaces and advanced software applications.
MNOs, OEMs, and ODMs can use the O-RU Whitebox to leverage the O-RAN
ecosystem, extensive IP library, and processing power of Agilex to
develop bespoke O-RUs, benefiting from reduced time-to-market and CAPEX.
The mMIMO O-RU whitebox opens the door to a wider playing field of
system integrators, giving operators more options to meet their specific
requirements while helping mitigate vendor lock-in.
Executive Director Kristian Toivo at TIP said: “TIP supports the OpenRAN
group initiative to define and build radio solutions based on
general-purpose vendor-neutral hardware, open interfaces and software.
Together with the O-RU whitebox, software capabilities, extensive IP
portfolio, and strategic partnerships, Intel is taking a leading role in
its commitment to Open RAN.”
& GM Mike Fitton at Intel said: “By using Intel’s Agilex-based whitebox
as a reference solution, customers can customize their product to meet
their unique needs, accelerating TTM and significantly reducing RnD
efforts. For regional ODMs that are trying to deploy 5G equipment in a
country where the government mandates ‘Made in Region’ 5G equipment,
Intel’s whitebox model greatly helps the ODM to own the design and IP.
For operators, they can connect more devices from a single radio,
enabling an efficient deployment of base stations and fiber.”
OpenRAN Platform Manager Andrew Dunkin at Vodafone added: “We are firmly
behind the work of TIP and its ambitions to open up the ecosystem.
Projects such as this will bring open massive MIMO capabilities to
operators and mean the exciting potential of the metaverse is closer to
Joe Barry, Vice President of the Wireless Communications Business Unit
at Analog Devices commented: “ADI’s RadioVerse® SoC with advanced
digital functionality helps reduce overall system power consumption
while improving performance. This effort continues our work in
supporting development of advanced O-RU for the expanding Open RAN
The mMIMO O-RU whitebox will be exhibited at MWC2023 Barcelona in