JMA’s history of successful projects with Analog Devices in wireless infrastructure solutions for public venues and enterprises made the partnership a simple choice. “Over the years, we have established an excellent relationship on a management and technical level with Analog Devices. We rely on its solutions and expertise to build our products. So when thinking about developing a new DAS and cell hub, ADI was top of mind for the RF front-end solution,” says Remo Ricci, General Manager at JMA Wireless.
JMA had a clear-sighted plan to work with Analog Devices to get to market quickly and successfully, based on the use of Open RAN software running on standard servers—a ‘virtualized’ architecture—with a complete RF front end supplied by Analog Devices. Throughout the development process, Analog Devices drew on its domain expertise in mobile telecommunications to help JMA integrate the RF system into its server-based architecture.
“We arranged a series of meetings between JMA’s engineering team and the relevant Analog Devices business units. These were backed up by regular conference calls for technical discussions,” explains Gaetano Piarino, Key Account Manager at Analog Devices. “ADI also engaged its transceiver team in India to perform customer-specific design tasks, which speeded up the design process and helped JMA to meet its aggressive time to market goal.”
Massimo Notargiacomo, Technical Director at JMA, attests to the impact of the system-level support provided by Analog Devices. He says, “By basing our implementation of the RF front end on Analog Devices’ technology, we have been able to concentrate our own technical firepower on the task of developing a new, virtualized platform for distributing 5G signals to tens of thousands of subscribers simultaneously.”