Samsung and Marvell announce new System-on-a-Chip to advance 5G networks

The Marvell Campus in Santa Clara (Image credit: Marvell)

Samsung Electronics and Marvell have announced a jointly developed new System-on-a-Chip (SoC) to enhance the performance of 5G networks. The SoC will be used in Samsung’s Massive MIMO and other advanced radios and the companies aim to introduce it to Tier One operators in Q2 2021.

The jointly developed SoC is designed to help implement new technologies, which improve cellular radios by increasing their capacity and coverage, while simultaneously decreasing power consumption and size. Equipped to support both 5G and 4G networks simultaneously, the new SoC can save up to 70 percent in chipset power consumption, compared to previous solutions.

“We are excited to extend our collaboration with Marvell to unveil a new SoC that will combine both companies’ strengths in innovation to advance 5G network solutions,” said Junehee Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics.

“5G solutions that offer a competitive edge to our operators.”

Junehee Lee, Samsung Electronics.

“Samsung prioritizes the development of high-impact 5G solutions that offer a competitive edge to our operators. We look forward to introducing this latest solution to the market shortly,” Lee continued.

Fast 5G deployment

Samsung and Marvell have a long-standing history of collaborations, working together to deliver multiple generations of network solutions. Last year, the companies announced their plans to collaborate to develop new 5G products. These products included innovative radio architectures to address the compute power required for Massive MIMO deployments.

“Our collaboration with Samsung spans multiple generations of radio network products and demonstrates Samsung’s strong technology leadership. The joint effort includes 4G and 5G basebands and radios,” said Raj Singh, Executive Vice President of Marvell’s Processors Business Group.

“We are again honored to work with Samsung for the next generation Massive MIMO radios which significantly raise the bar in terms of capacity, performance and power efficiency,” continued Singh.

“Deploy 5G with greater speed and efficiency.”

Daniel Newman, Futurum Research.

“Marvell and Samsung are leading the way in helping mobile operators deploy 5G with greater speed and efficiency,” said Daniel Newman, Founding Partner at Futurum Research. “This latest collaboration advances what’s possible through SoC technology, giving operators and enterprises a distinct 5G advantage through optimized performance and power savings in network deployments.”

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