Huawei Unveils World's First 5G Base Station Chip

Huawei has unveiled world’s first core chip specifically designed for 5G base stations. The new Huawei TIANGANG was announced at a 5G launch event in Beijing that doubled up as a pre-briefing for the MWC Barcelona 2019. The innovative chip will support simplified 5G networks and large-scale 5G network deployment all over the world. To date, Huawei claims to have won 30 commercial 5G contracts and shipped over 25,000 5G base stations globally.

The 5G core chip TIANGANG, comes with breakthroughs in integration, computing power, and spectral bandwidth. It is highly integrated, which means it can support large-scale integration of active power amplifiers (PAs) and passive antenna arrays into very small antennas. It also boasts super high computing capacity, with a 2.5-fold increase over previous chips. Using the latest algorithms and beamforming technology, a single chip can control up to 64 channels, which is the industry's highest standard. This chip also supports the 200 MHz high spectral bandwidth, getting ready for future network deployment.

This chip also brings revolutionary improvements in active antenna units (AAUs), with 50% smaller, 23% lighter, and 21% less power consuming base stations. 5G base stations can be deployed in just half the time it took to install a 4G base station. These features will help address issues such as site acquisition and network deployment costs.

Huawei began rolling out commercial 5G networks in 2018. It took the lead in the launch of a full range of commercial 5G products, 5G field testing and verification, and large-scale 5G commercial use. As of the end of 2018, the company has completed all pre-commercial testing and verification for its 5G products in China, green lighting 5G for commercial use. On January 9, 2019, its 5G blade base station was awarded a First Class Progress in Science and Technology Prize, in recognition of its major technological breakthroughs and a unified modular design. All base station units use the blade form factor, and different modules can be combined as needed, making 5G base station installation as simple and easy as building blocks.

Huawei has also launched the world's first data center switch with an AI brain. Boasting industry-leading performance, this switch enables zero Ethernet packet loss and end-to-end latency of less than 10 milliseconds. It consumes less than 8W of power while delivering more computing capacity than 25 mainstream two-way CPU servers combined. The company has also introduced its full-stack, all-scenario AI technologies to enable an autonomous driving network, and developed the SoftCOM AI solution to help operators maximize energy efficiency, network performance, O&M efficiency, and user experiences.

During the event, Richard Yu, Huawei Executive Director of the Board and Consumer BG CEO, also announced the world's fastest 5G multi-mode device chip and commercial devices. Huawei will be showcasing its products and solutions at MWC 2019 in booth 1H50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1, booth 3I30 in Hall 3, the Innovation City zone in Hall 4, and booth 7C21 and 7C31 in Hall 7. The event is scheduled from Feb 25-28 in Barcelona.

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