Low power programmable company Lattice Semiconductor recently introduced its Lattice ORAN™ solution stack. The solution is the latest addition to Lattice’s portfolio of comprehensive, application-specific, low power Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-based solutions. The ORAN solution will allow for robust control data security, flexible fronthaul synchronization and low power hardware acceleration for adaptable, Open Radio Access Network (ORAN) deployment, the company said.
The new ORAN solution stack is Lattice’s fifth solution stack. Lattice solution stacks provide turnkey application-specific solutions that combine reference platforms and designs, demos, IP building blocks, FPGA design tools, and custom design services to accelerate customer application development and time-to-market.
The global ORAN market is expected to become a $22 billion market by 2028 with an 85 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2020 and 2028 due to the rapid 5G technology adoption, according to Kenneth Research. The communications industry is embracing the disaggregation and openness of ORAN as drivers of increased flexibility, innovation and cost reduction to keep up with this rapid growth.
“Bringing low power, scalable, and secure solutions into networks has been Lattice’s continued priority in fast growing communications market,” noted Lattice Semiconductor Vice President of Segment Marketing and Business Development Matt Dobrodziej. “With its robust security features, the Lattice ORAN solution stack is a complete turnkey solution for 5G customers looking to secure data, accelerate network function, and achieve tight synchronization.”
Lattice ORAN solution stack offerings
Lattice Semiconductor envisions its ORAN solution stack providing three key components. The first is robust, zero trust security as it will provide authentication capabilities with real-time encryption and decryption functions. It will also comprise ready-to-use software such as RISC-V software to configure security functions, and Lattice Propel™ and Lattice Radiant® to fully customize and implement security in ORAN applications with its intuitive design interface.
Secondly, the solution will provide tight synchronization for flexible fronthaul in future release. The tech’s IEEE protocol was designed to maintain the strict timing and synchronization requirements between the Radio Unit (RU) and Distribution Unit (DU) to support New Radio (NR) protocols including enhanced Common Public Radio Interface (eCPRI).
Finally, the Lattice ORAN solution stack will offer acceleration with low power and high reliability. The power required for acceleration will be up to 70 percent lower, but up to 100 times more likely to avoid soft errors in the smallest form factor than competing FPGAs of a similar class.