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Photron USM tech to shift into ASIC device

Posted: 05 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ultra spectral modulation? fpga? asic device? dsp?

Photron Technologies Ltd announced that its Ultra Spectral Modulation (USM) technology will transfer from the current FPGA architecture into an ASIC device. The migration of the DSP into an ASIC utilizing the latest 90nm IC technology, is anticipated to be the first wireless technology to achieve data transmission rates of 100bps/Hz.

Developed by Photron, the USM technology provides wireless data transmission rates of 5Mbps through a narrow 50Kz channel. Current technologies require channel bandwidths that are 25x larger.

The transfer from FPGA devices to ASIC devices will allow a greater number of hardware platforms while increasing the mix of viable applications for new high-speed communications with much greater efficiency. In addition to set-top boxes for high speed satellite and terrestrial communications, hand held devices for commercial, industrial, and military applications requiring speeds up to 2 times T1 data rates, will now be possible.

Dale Kluesing, CTO, Photron stated, "Transferring our technology from FPGAs to ASICs opens up additional significant market opportunities while giving us additional hardware solutions that will leverage and better utilize the potential of USM."

USM is claimed to increase spectral efficiency in wireless applications and provides for high-speed and high-capacity networks at substantially lower cost relative to existing wireless technologies. The core technology platform is designed to avoid bottlenecks by providing data transmission channels with higher quality and throughput rates than those of conventional modulation techniques.





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