29 Jun 2018

HYDRA 1.X mmWave IP validated in successful real-world trial

Blu Wireless is celebrating a successful trial of its HYDRA1.X IEEE 802.11ad baseband IP on the Bristol is Open trial network in its home city of Bristol.

With the HYDRA1.X System IP including a number of 802.11ay and other novel features, such as advanced co-channel mitigation, 64QAM, dynamic TSMA scheduling, flexible sub-channelization and others; the IDT’s RWM6050 RapidWaveTM modem IC, based on BluWireless’ IP is available now to address the most demanding infrastructure, transport and consumer applications of tomorrow.

Already designed into multiple customer products, the RWM6050 also forms the basis of the Typhoon family of powerful mmWave SDN evaluation platforms specifically designed for mmWave 5G networking trials – such as those at the Liverpool 5G eHealth and Autoair transport testbeds funded by the UK government.

HYDRA1.X is Blu Wireless Technology’s flexible baseband IP for IEEE 802.11-2012 DMG (WiGig) Gigabit wireless ICs and is compatible with process nodes of 28nm or lower and is available for licensing now. The flexible HYDRA1.X is compatible with all mainstream beam-forming radios across both licensed and unlicensed bands up to 64QAM and comes with a fully supported network driver host software for Linux.

In addition to standards-defined features, Blu Wireless IP brings enhancements for infrastructure applications ranging from 4G/5G backhaul, last 100m connectivity for FTTC, Fixed Wireless Access and connectivity to high-speed transport. These enhancements include: robust interference mitigation and management, sub-channelisation, QoS extended schedule elements and on-path support for IEEE 1588v2 synchronisation. The baseband also includes features to maximise host throughput including an aggregated MAC protocol data unit and aggregated MAC service data unit giving up to 1M packets per second with checksum offload.

The Blu Wireless HYDRA1.X technology is based on multiple, inter-connected parallel paths between Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Medium Access Control (MAC) functions, allowing new features to be quickly developed and maintained in response to customer, industry and regulatory requirements. The technology combines programmable and fixed-function units optimised for specific target applications and can deliver multi-gigabit throughput with low power consumption.

Henry Nurser, Blu Wireless CEO said: “Working with our lead licensee IDT and Bristol is Open as a local testbed, we are proud to have developed and then fully validated the HYDRA1.X System IP in a real-life environment. We anticipate exciting times as our low cost multi-Gigabit networking technology is brought to the market, and we look forward to working closely with all the members of the Blu Wireless ecosystem during the coming months, and years. The journey has just begun!”

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