Request for advice: Is it possible to set-up the ADALM-PLUTO to something close to 5G?

Dear Experts,

I am planning to purchase a couple of the ADALM-PLUTOs for my institution, with the intent to conduct some wireless experiments using them (controlled via MATLAB/Simulink), and then try to incorporate the successful findings into our laboratory/teaching curriculum.

One of the experiments that we are exploring to achieve, is to program the PlutoSDR pair to work as individual 4G and 5G set-ups, and then compare the wireless communication performances - naturally, 5G is expected to be faster/better than 4G.

However, I have been reading through the forum-threads here, and they seem to point that incorporating 5G is not possible with PlutoSDR. Basically, it is because of the transceiver-chip (the AD9363) being used.

I am willing to explore other alternatives, and also meet said "5G" performance halfway. Hence, I am seeking advice from the experts here, hoping you can share your experience and perhaps kindly suggest something viable (and 5G-like) that I can perform with the PlutoSDRs.

Many thanks in advance!

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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Mar 25, 2021 12:52 AM in reply to DavidHEE

    You'd mentioned: "For 5G, configurations that operate over less than 56 MHZ bandwidth can be implemented using Pluto.". Can you help me by explaining a bit more and suggest something viable on such said configurations?

    What I meant was, 5G has say, TMNs similar to 4G LTE, NR-FR1-TM1.1, 1.2, 2.0, 2.1a, 3.1, 3.1a etc. Much of the numerology and frame structure is similar to LTE. The bandwidths range from 5 to 50 MHz. FR1 indicates that the operating frequency range is in 450MHz - 6 GHz. These settings are well within the operating specifications of Pluto. FR2 frequency range (24.25 GHz - 52.6 GHz) is outside of the tuning range of Pluto. So, it should be very much possible to construct a streaming application (i.e., Pluto acting as a capture device and signal processing done on a host PC) compliant with 5G FR1 specs, as demonstrated by the LTE App indicated previously. The same applies to other 5G modes, other than TMs.  

    I do not know what my colleague meant in that other thread. 


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