Marvell and Analog Devices, Inc (ADI) have announced a technology collaboration leveraging Marvell’s 5G digital platform and ADI’s wideband RF transceiver technologies to deliver optimized solutions for 5G base stations.

The companies will offer fully-integrated 5G digital front-end (DFE) ASICs with tightly-coupled RF transceivers and will collaborate on next-generation radio solutions, including baseband and RF technology optimized for a diverse set of functional splits and architectures.

The increased complexity of 5G radios driven by massive MIMO and mmWave operation challenges RF and radio network designs. Optimized partitioning of the RF and mixed signal circuit functions, with both digital ASIC and baseband silicon, is necessary to achieve the low power, small size and low cost requirements of 5G.

Marvell and ADI feel the combination of their technologies will enable optimized radio designs for standard and customized implementations.

Matt Murphy, president and CEO of Marvell, said, “Marvell’s leadership in baseband, digital ASIC and transport processors, combined with ADI’s RF transceiver technology, creates an industry-leading architecture for 5G OEMs looking to accelerate time-to-market.”

Vincent Roche, president and CEO of ADI, said, "We see tremendous opportunity in our collaboration with Marvell to optimize the 5G RF and digital chain for the benefit of our common customers. The solutions we are developing in conjunction with Marvell will allow our customers to build highly optimized, high performance products.”