Nokia introduces ReefShark chips that are built to deploy efficient 5G connectivity

Nokia will start shipping the ReefShark chips by third quarter of this year

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    • Nokia unveils ReefShark Chips and Future X architecture
    • It is capable of reducing power consumption up to 64percent in baseband units

Nokia on Monday introduced its new silicon chipsets- ReefShark. They are designed to deploy 5G connectivity in radio frequency and baseband units. The company has outlined the compact form factor as one of key selling point of the chips.

The chipsets run massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) antennas that are capable of sending dozens of ‘separate streams of data’ simultaneously. Nokia claims that the chipsets are capable of cutting the size of MIMO antennas in half and significantly reduce the power consumption of baseband units. ReefShark chips are said to use 64 percent low power in baseband units compared to the existing units.

The chipsets incorporate Nokia’s artificial intelligence nanochip technology and support for machine learning that will allow ‘real-time optimisation’ of radio resources. Nokia cites that the ReefShark chips will leverage the company’s capabilities in antenna development for mobile devices and base stations. Further, it is said to significantly improve radio frequency as well.

The company has implemented Future X architecture as well for 5G. The ReefShark chips are expected to increase the maximum throughput to 84 gigabits per second from 28 gigabits in the current chip modules. These modules will have native support for chaining and enable single tower to handle up to 6 terabits throughput, as per the company.

AI in 5G networks enables real-time radio monitoring and optimization and the ability to apply techniques such as network slicing to meet the service level demands of new business cases. Nokia is developing technology with common interfaces and toolkits allowing service providers to implement machine learning applications in their networks,” Nokia said in its press statement.

The Finnish company is currently working with 30 network operators using ReefShark with the aim to bring the new product into their ‘wireless towers’. The company is planning to rev up the field deployments during the third quarter of this year. Notably, the chipsets were announced separate from the Future X network architecture but both aims at providing a base for the upcoming wireless technology. Nokia said that they will share elaborate details about the Future X architecture for 5G at MWC 2018 next month.