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Altera Stratix GX devices, Nios processor chosen by Panasonic

Posted: 31 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:panasonic mobile communications? stratix gx fpgas? embedded processor? 3.5g network base transceiver station?

Altera Corp. announced that Panasonic Mobile Communications Co. Ltd has selected Stratix GX FPGAs and the Nios embedded processor to deliver critical performance-intensive functions for its next-generation 3.5G network base transceiver station (BTS).

The BTS will support high-speed data packet access (HSDPA), which provides significantly higher data transfer rates than were previously possible, enabling wireless network operators to deliver new and exciting data services to their customers. To support this level of performance, Panasonic required a combination of integrated high-speed transceivers and microprocessor functionality that could only be met with Altera's Stratix GX device and Nios embedded processor.

Masakazu Shobu, general manager of Panasonic's Node-B development group, said, "First, Stratix GX devices met our performance requirements, due to their powerful DSP blocks and memory architecture. Also, the maturity and development tools for the Nios processor convinced us that it was suitable for handling the call control and bus control functions in our BTS baseband system. By enabling us to combine the transceiver and processor capability into a single device, Altera delivered us a solution that met our aggressive cost target, and allowed us to meet a very ambitious product development schedule."

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