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 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. 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

Use Cases

>> 5G RU <= 200 MHz Application System
2×2 MIMO for TDD with a single carrier with DPD
  • The occupied BW is typically 200 MHz comprising one or more 5G TDD component carriers
  • The data converters on the programmable baseband SoC operate at 491.52, 938.05, or 1966.08 MSPS and support two TX and two RX IQ streams
  • DPD in the RU system can be supported to achieve power and performance requirements
  • Multiple TX paths are periodically observed to track variations across temperature and environment changes
Use Cases
>> Small Cell  Application System
4×4 MIMO for TDD with two Transceivers
  • 4×4 MIMO for TDD 5G NR system
  • One baseband SoC is connected to two MT3812 Transceivers
  • Larger MIMO configurations deployment possible by synchronizing multiple groupings
Use Cases
>> Small Cell  Application System
2×2 MIMO for FDD with two MT3812 Transceivers
  • 2×2 MIMO for FDD 5G NR system
  • One baseband SoC  is connected
    to two MT3812 Transceivers
  • One MT3812 transceiver is used for
    TX, and one for RX
Use Cases




Flexible Sub-6GHz 5G-NR low power RF transceiver
Receiver Features
  • Direct conversion
  • Flexible analog baseband filter BW
  • 20 MHz to 200 MHz RF BW
  • Analog differential I/O baseband interface
  • Low Noise and High Dynamic Range
Transmitter Features
  • Direct conversion with adjustable gain
  • Flexible analog baseband filter BW
  • 50 MHz to 400 MHz RF BW
  • Analog differential I/O baseband interface
  • High Linearity and Low Noise Floor
Core and Interfaces
  • Programmable digital core for transceiver control and calibration
  • Auxiliary Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) support for calibration and external functions (voltage, temperature measurements)
  • Low complexity hi-speed custom LVDS bus
  • Traditional low-speed SPI bus
Flexible Frequency Generation
  • 122.88 MHz external oscillator for frequency reference
  • 400 MHz PA output observation RX path
  • Tri-band sub-6 GHz 2×2 Time Division Duplex (TDD) RF transceiver
  • Second Independent Local Oscillator (LO) for use in I/Q calibration
  • Software configurable LO band selection
68-pin DR-QFN package   

Reference Design

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.