Sub-6GHz 5G-NR RF Transceiver
Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit
Metanoia’s MT3812 is a three-band 2×2 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) transceiver, with a digital core which controls the transceiver and interfaces. The MT3812 supports a wide range of wireless applications like 5G Sub-6GHz Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) Radio Units (RU), local area / medium range base station, small cell systems and customer-premises equipment (CPE).
This tri-band 2×2 5G NR transceiver is designed to interface with an I/Q baseband chip with integrated data converters and software defined modem functionality. The MT3812 can be combined with MT2812 and/or MT2814 and Radio Frequency (RF) front end modules to build compact and highly flexible 5G sub-6GHz New Radio (NR), small cells systems or CPE equipment. With most of the necessary building blocks provided by Metanoia, it is the most cost-effective and competitive solution to meet the needs of various market segments for 5G network deployment.
The MT3812 uses a direct conversion architecture for both Receive (RX) and Transmit (TX) modes. The gain setting is supported by a Radio Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) which is reported continuously to the baseband chip. The analog baseband filters have on-chip calibration. The MT3812 supports 50 to 200 MHz bandwidth (BW) in the TX mode and 20 to 200 MHz BW in the RX mode. The MT3812 also supports 400 MHz BW in loopback mode for Digital Pre-Distortion (DPD) of the TX chain.
A Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) bus is supported for bi-directional data exchanges with the baseband. It can be used to provide a continuous stream of RF RSSI samples after the Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) in each receiver chain. This allows the receiver Automatic Gain Control (AGC) algorithm on the baseband chip to observe the wideband signal level and optimize the receiver gain for best performance. The interface allows quick updates of the transmitter and receiver gains, which enables efficient implementation of DPD and Crest Factor Reduction (CFR) algorithms.
Moreover, since many of the components like LNA, LO, filters etc. are integrated, the Bill Of Materials (BOM) for the system can be significantly reduced thereby making it possible to implement compact solutions with low cost, reduced power and using a small number of external components (e.g. external PA for additional power).
- The MT3812 Sub-6GHz 5G-NR RF transceiver supports a scalable architecture which can help in building higher density applications by using multiple instances of the chip.
Target Market Segments
- Sub-6GHz low density O-RAN RU market to high density RU solutions,
- Small Cell (2T2R up to 8T8R) – standalone design that can directly connect to a 5G core network
- 5G Femtocell (2T2R) with low power
- 5G CPE design
|>> 5G RU <= 200 MHz Application System|
|2×2 MIMO for TDD with a single carrier with DPD|
|>> Small Cell Application System|
|4×4 MIMO for TDD with two Transceivers|
|>> Small Cell Application System|
|2×2 MIMO for FDD with two MT3812 Transceivers|
|Flexible Sub-6GHz 5G-NR low power RF transceiver|
|Core and Interfaces||
|Flexible Frequency Generation||
|68-pin DR-QFN package|
Metanoia’s Diora EVB is a plug-in card based on the MT3812 RFIC that can be used as the 5G sub-6GHz RF part of any 5G design requiring an RF chip. Together with the Digital Front End (DFE) baseband processor, Diora EVB can be used as an ideal test platform for both cutting-edge application development and out-of-the-box evaluation.
The deliverables for the MT3812 include a board (Diora EVB) and associated Hardware Development Kit (HDK) and Software Development Kit (SDK). This accelerates time to market for OEMs and ODMs by leveraging Metanoia’s reference design, its software, and also accelerate the testing time needed to meet the 3GPP Conformance Tests for FR1 and Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) interoperability.
Metanoia’s complete 5G sub-6GHz RU reference platform, named Jura Reference Design, is based on up to four Metanoia’s MT2812 Processors and one NXP®’s LS1046 Network Processor.
Jura Reference Design, can be connected to up to two Diora plug-in cards. Each Diora board can support T2R with bandwidth up to 100 MHz or lower frequencies (e.g. 50 MHz). An Hirose connector is used for connecting the DFE baseband board.