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Freescale ASICs power Hughes satellite broadband modems

Posted: 29 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale Semiconductor? Hughes Network Systems? ASIC? satellite broadband terminals?

Freescale Semiconductor has leveraged its semi-custom ASIC design capabilities and analog/mixed signal expertise to deliver an advanced satellite broadband ASIC solution to Hughes Network Systems LLC.

According to the press release, Hughes is using the ASIC in its HN family of high-performance satellite broadband terminals. The HN terminals, used in the provision of HughesNet services, deliver high-speed data, voice and video services over satellite to enterprises, government agencies, small businesses and consumers around the world.

Based on Freescale's standard-cell ASIC methodology and 90nm CMOS technology, the satellite broadband ASIC solution combines wireless and analog technology from Hughes and Freescale. The ASIC device supports DVB-S and DVB-S2 standards, ACM and CCM modes. The device is designed to perform QPSK, 8PSK, H8PSK and 16APSK demodulation and decode (LDPC/BCH) functions. Key functional blocks include: DVB-S2 demodulator, DVB-S2 FEC, synchronization processor, legacy mode (DVBS) demod and FEC, stream/adapter output interface and I2C interface.

"The development process between Freescale's ASIC design team and Hughes has been extremely effective, considering that we collaborated on the cutting edge of DVB-S2 ASIC design for the satellite broadband industry," said Ritu Favre, director of operations for Freescale's application specific products operation. "The successful delivery of this low-power 90nm CMOS device to Hughes underscores the strength and responsiveness of our ASIC design team and customer engagement model."

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