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Zynq-based MegaBEE 5G proto platform handles antenna arrays as large as 256x256 (gulp!)

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MegaBEE Logo.jpgThe “M”s in MIMO stand for “multiple” but a MIMO antenna array with 256x256 antennas is “massive” in anyone’s book. Prototyping large 5G MIMO systems is going to be a challenge—one that the Zynq-based MegaBEE prototyping platform from BEEcube intends to simplify. The Xilinx Zynq SoC's dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor runs a Linux cluster architecture unique in the 5G prototyping space. The MegaBEE has built-in capabilities for 8x8 MIMO applications with easy scalability to 16x16, 32x32, 64x64, 128x128, or 256x256 MIMO antenna configurations using the MegaBEE platform’s integrated RF chains, filters, and power amps. The platform also incorporates 4000 DSP48 slices and multiple 10GE ports provided by Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGAs with on-board DDR3 SDRAM for storing real-time 5G test vectors.


“The MegaBEE platform delivers all the required elements for 5G massive MIMO prototyping in one box,” says BEEcube founder and CEO Chen Chang. The MegaBEE platform's clocking structure allows antenna modules to be dispersed over a three mile radius while maintaining phase coherence, enabling the system to be used for developing prototype systems using distributed MIMO as well as massive MIMO.

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