Thursday, 19 February 2015 21:55

Huawei shows way with two world firsts: 16nm FinFET ARM64 processor, L-Band Antenna


Huawei has broken through with two world firsts, a 16nm FinFET ARM64 networking processor and an L-Band antenna supporting UWB and multi band.

Chinese technology powerhouse Huawei might still not be trusted by some governments, but that hasn’t stopped it from powering ahead with world first technologies.

Its first announcement today covered a 16nm FinFET ARM64 based network processor dubbed Nova, which Huawei will showcase at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The company says Nova is a ‘next-generation networking processor’, and supports GSM/UMTS/LTE FDD/LTE TDD on a single chip, delivering what Huawei says is ‘outstanding performance and a best in-class experience.’

Claimed to be 67% more efficient than traditional processors, Huawei says it ‘reduces the cost and required power for radio networks while offering improved performance and flexibility.’

Huawei promises that ‘operators will also be able to evolve smoothly to new modes through simple software upgrades.’

The all-in-one technology also ‘effectively protects investments in hardware and significantly improves management efficiency,’ and ‘achieves an optimal level of integration that simplifies site configuration and reduces power consumption.’

Wang Jun, President of Huawei’s the SingleRAN & FDD and Wireless Network product lines said, “The launch of Nova is testament to Huawei’s continued leadership and innovation in the ICT industry.

“Along with enabling the most advanced mobile network, Nova will provide customers access to the very best mobile broadband experience.”

Huawei also announced the world’s first L-band antenna supporting Ultra Wide Band (UWB) and multi band, which not only supports the major frequency bands at 700/800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz, but also enables deployment of the 1500MHz band.

The company says this antenna is effective at delivering mobile broadband (MBB) services featuring strong capacity and large area coverage, even within buildings.

Pointing to studies by the GSM Association, Huawei says utilisation of L-band (1300-1518MHz) is forecast to grow rapidly in the coming years.

Within the L-band range, the 1452-1492MHz band, in particular, has been gaining traction with regulators, including a recent decision in Europe to make this band available for mobile broadband.

Huawei says it began research on L-band antenna development in 2014, and now becomes the first company to release an UWB and multi band antenna to support all major frequency bands and L-band within a single antenna.

The antenna will see initial implementation in Europe, and will greatly assist operators in the rapid deployment of MBB networks and also features the advantages of:

  • One-time deployment: Deployment of a multi band, ultra wide band antenna eliminates the need for repeated site upgrades, reducing TCO (Total Cost of Operation);
  • Fast capacity expansion: The antenna capacity is reserved for future expansion in order to satisfy the fast expansion requirement of newly added LTE frequency bands;
  • Performance improvement: The legacy antenna system is replaced with a new antenna system to improve overall network performance and the user experience.

Zhou Taoyuan, President of Huawei’s Antenna Business Unit said: “Spectrum is king in the development of MBB, and L-band will play a critical role in the space in the coming years.

“Designed to help operators deploy MBB networks more efficiently, Huawei’s new L-band supported antenna is an important addition to our ultra wide band and multi band antenna portfolio and testament to our continued leadership in wireless technology innovation.”

Huawei shipped more than a million global antenna units in 2014 and serves 16 of the world’s top 20 operators.


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