07-16-2019 04:03 PM - edited 07-16-2019 04:06 PM
After searching the Xilinx Intellectual site https://www.xilinx.com/content/xilinx/en/products/intellectual-property.html and IP Catalogue in Vivado 2019.1 I have only been able to locate circa two 5G NR related cores which are seem to be limited to LDPC/Polar convolutional encode and decode. In contrast LTE wireless has many other cores such as 24 returned from this search (Just search for LTE at https://www.xilinx.com/content/xilinx/en/products/intellectual-property if the link below fails to work )
Similarly as search for MIMO at the same site produces 7 LTE targeted cores.
The Xilinx website https://www.xilinx.com/applications/megatrends/5g.html suggests that there is a strong focus by Xilinx to supply 5G IP support. Unfortunately, after searching the associated links I have been unable to locate any substantive 5G wireless IP other than the LDPC/Polar convolutional encode and decode cores.
Given the above, please advise if Xilinx will be producing similar (Like the LTE versions) IP core functionality for 5G Radio (NR initially), when it is planned for release, the licensing terms and estimated cost for this IP.
My reason for the question is I need to determine/evaluate the need, cost and feasibility of developing inhouse solutions for this functionality versus a Xilinx/Alliance partner IP core solution. I am currently using the ZCU111 RFSoC as our development platform.
07-26-2019 07:27 AM
Other than SDFEC/LDPC/Polar, you miss another Wireless IP : https://www.xilinx.com/products/intellectual-property/ef-di-roe-framer.html
Even though the board demo below is for ZCU102, it should be feasible to port to ZCU111 board
08-26-2019 05:26 PM - edited 08-26-2019 05:27 PM
Thanks for letting me know.
Given that this should be a pretty easy subject for Xilinx or related partner such as Avnet to answer my conclusion is that the 5G IP for the radio is currently quite limited. As a result, we will develop the 5G physical channel OFDM and MIMO technology inhouse using the ZCU111 and Jupyter as the initial development system.