2016-02-22 - Mobile World Congress - MWC, (February 22nd - 25th), Barcelona, Spain

N.A.T. - new solutions for 5G Massive MIMO and Media Gateways

Mobile World Congress 2016, Barcelona, Spain

Visit N.A.T. at booth 6B40, hall 6 at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain (February 22nd to 25th, 2016).


At stand 6B40 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, N.A.T., your leading supplier of embedded boards and systems based on open standards, is presenting new solutions for Media Gateways, Lawful Interception and Enhanced Mobile Communication Architecture.

Together with the strategic partner Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), which is the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, N.A.T. will demonstrate how the effective bandwidth of the CPRI link in a next-generation 5G massive multiple input, multiple output (massive MIMO) base station system can be significantly increased using IQ Compression.

Working with Integrated Device Technology, Inc.® (IDT®), N.A.T. and HHI have developed a solution that can enable mobile operators to select a compression ratio between 2:1 and 3:1, offering up to three times the effective bandwidth in a base station transceiver system (BTS).

“Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute’s SDR group successfully integrated the IDT compression IP into its eight antenna radio head used for prototyping next-generation 5G Massive MIMO systems,” said Tom Wirth, Head of SDR Group, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute. “Our SDR-based platform using NAT’s MicroTCA technology, leverages IDT’s compression techniques and thus can easily scale up to dozens of antennas on the access link, providing higher data rates by advanced beamforming techniques for the evolution of 4G towards 5G networks.”

“IDT compression IP has been deployed in carrier production networks enabling a number of use cases from optimizing capacity of fiber optic links between Remote Radio Units and Baseband Units, to dramatically enabling network coverage via microwave front haul,” said Sailesh Chittipeddi, CTO, IDT.  “The current implementation by Fraunhofer HHI, working with NAT platforms leveraging Xilinx FPGAs, provides a turnkey platform to our OEM customers as well as global carriers to enable bandwidth optimized front haul solutions, enabling high capacity 4G advanced and 5G networks to reach many underserviced areas with more economical deployments.”

“The trends in wireless network evolution indicate that we are close to a split in network architecture and technologies, and even commercial practices as 4G deployments mature and 5G technologies are still to be fully defined,” said Heiko Körte, Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing at N.A.T. GmbH. “Operators will have to look for new means to meet the demands placed upon them by customers and investors more efficiently and effectively. The 5G MIMO approach has the elements to provide flexibility necessary in future wireless networks, and with an off-the-shelf platform based on MicroTCA, emerging solutions may break new ground toward low-cost, high density mobile infrastructure.”

The demonstration, hosted on both the N.A.T. stand (6B40) and the HHI stand (7G31) consists of products from both organisations:

  • N.A.T.: MicroTCA chassis (NATIVE-C2) with integrated management module (NAT-MCH) and power module (NAT-PM-AC600) and a N.A.T. processor module providing the spectrum analysis display. The carrier-grade, fully redundant chassis can host up to 12 AMCs and provides two 1GbE and two 10GbE connections per slot while, in addition to the system management, the NAT-MCH also contains fully managed switches for 1GbE and 10GbE. The MCH also contains a central clock generation and distribution module specially dedicated to telecoms applications. The processor board in AMC form factor is based on the third generation Intel® Core™ processor providing up to 16GB of memory and three 1GbE interfaces and other high speed lanes connected to the backplane. The system is powered by up to two fully managed 600W power modules. All components are remotely manageable and hot-swap capable.
  • Fraunhofer HHI’s radio head consists of stacked analog and digital boards in the AMC form factor. The digital board contains a Xilinx Zynq XC7Z045, a clock distribution network with synchronization in- and outputs, 4 x 10 Gbps lanes for CPRI and 10 GbE to the front panel via QSFP, as well as high speed lanes connected to the backplane. The analog board contains up to 4x AD9361 SoC devices, which can be fully synchronized up to 4 GHz, each SoC supporting two transceivers, a tunable carrier frequency between 70 MHz up to 6 GHz, and < 56 MHz analog bandwidth. Dozens of radio heads can be synchronized if more than 8 antennas are required.

Together with Fraunhofer HHI’s radio head and base band processor, N.A.T.'s latest family member of media resource products, NAMC-ODSP, is complementing the product presentation at Mobile World Congress. The NAMC-ODSP is part of a a fully scalable solution for voice and video transcoding, providing
  • up to 2304 DSP cores in a single 2U 19" form factor
  • up to 12 fully user available KINTEX-7 FPGAs for performance boost or special data manipulation
  • connectivity for E1/T1, E3/T3, OC3, OC12, OC48, ATM, 10GbE and LTE
  • combinable with high-end multi-core network processors for signaling and deep packet inspection (DPI)
  • built-in redundancy and remote management

For less demanding applications in terms of perfomance or density all function blocks can be combined into the smaller stackable or rack-mountable chassis, NATIVE-mini, which is also shown as a turn key solution at the N.A.T. stand 6B40.

N.A.T. can also satisfy your custom requirements for both hardware and software, we definitely care: whenever your appliance needs to communicate you should communicate with us!

Come and join N.A.T. at stand 6B40 presenting these unique communication solutions or visit N.A.T. partner Heinrich Hertz Institute in hall 7 booth 7G31.

Please schedule your communication slot in Barcelona with Helmut Laufkoetter (Managing Director) or Heiko Körte (Director of Sales and Marketing) or Terry Manus (Business Development Manager North America) by e-mail to bettina.bilogan(at)nateurope.com.