Today Marvell is announcing the release of its new next-generation OCTEON Fusion CNF95XX baseband processors, as well as introducing a new generation of OCTEON TX2 infrastructure processors. Together, the two products aim at enabling 5G infrastructure equipment providers in a synergistic fashion, greatly improving upon the capabilities of Marvell’s product stack. OCTEON Fusion CNF95XX: A 5G Baseband Processor We don’t tend to cover such announcements very often, so first things first is to define what a baseband processor actually is. 5G’s O-RAN (Open RAN or Open Radio Access Network) architecture is defined at different layers representing different functions of the protocol stack. The stack is divided into 3 layers, with the first layer being the physical layer (PHY), essentially handling encoding, modulation and RF processing related to...

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