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Altera, Elektrobit offer OBSAI RP3-01-compliant kits

Posted: 18 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? Elektrobit? OBSAI RP3-01? development kit? Open Base Station Architecture Initiative?

Altera Corp. and Elektrobit Group Plc have announced the availability of development kits for applications based on the Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) Reference Point 3-01 (RP3-01) specification for remote RF heads.

Said to be the industry's first, these kits include a Stratix II GX FPGA development board and Nios II embedded processor core from Altera, Elektrobit's advanced RP3-01 IP cores, as well as all necessary design software for emulating system configuration and control behavior. Leveraging the kits for OBSAI-compliant wireless base station development will result in cost saving and significantly reduced design time, according to the companies.

"Altera and Elektrobit joined forces to provide a clear time-to-market advantage for OEMs designing remote radio heads for WiMAX, 3GPP and 3GPP2 systems," said Louie Leung, Altera Asia Pacific marketing director. "Established wireless infrastructure and radio module developers as well as new market entrants can now apply the latest OBSAI specification to their products."

The Stratix II GX devices included with each kit fuse a fast and high-density FPGA architecture with up to 20 full-duplex, high-performance, low-power, multigigabit transceivers. The Nios II family of embedded processors currently consists of three processor cores that implement a common instruction set architecture, each designed for a specific price/performance point, and all supported by the same software tool chain.

The RP3-01 specification describes data and control requirements between the base station baseband and remote radio heads. It also includes all the operational, administrative, maintenance and performance related design elements.

Two OBSAI RP3-01 development kits will be available in Q3 2006. The RNS RP301 EVA BB1 base band kit provides USB data through the RP3-01 protocol using optical fiber and costs $19.27. The RNS RP301 EVA RF1 RF kit allows clock recovery measurements and costs $25.69.

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