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Xilinx targets open base station architectures

Posted: 19 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fpga? xilins? basestation? virtex-ii pro? virtex- 4 fx?

Xilinx targets open base station architectures

FPGA developer Xilinx has formed a group that will band together silicon intellectual property, boards, and software to develop products that will help designers develop open base station architectures. And, to kick off the group's launch, the company released Tuesday (Nov. 11) a reference design of open base station architecture initiative (OBSAI) designs.

Traditionally, wireless base stations have been crafted using proprietary architectures. But, with 3G deployments on the rise and carriers looking to reduce equipment costs, most large wireless equipment vendors have been pushing for standards, such as OBSAI and the competing Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) spec, that define key elements like form factor in order to open base stations to third-party developers.

To tap into the call for open base station architectures, Xilinx has put together a team that includes more than 100 employees from across its organization. The three business units closely aligned with the effort include Xilinx's communications technology, digital signal processing, and embedded processing divisions.

The Xilinx team is kicking off its formal launch with the development of a reference design that complies with the OBSAI reference point 3 (RP3) electrical and protocol specifications. This baseband processing-to-radio module interconnect design is supported on Virtex-II Pro and Virtex- 4 FX FPGAs.

The OBSAI reference design is immediately available free of charge to qualified customers. To find out more information on the reference platform, visit

- Robert Keenan

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