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WiMAX devt platform is 'most comprehensive'

Posted: 17 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX? DSP? processor? Freescale? Power Architecture?

Freescale Semiconductor has announced what it touts as the industry's most comprehensive development platform using Power Architecture technology for the creation of WiMAX baseband applications.

Incorporating high-performance PowerQUICC communication technology, StarCore DSPs and an FPGA, the WiMAX baseband platform works together with MAC and PHY software to provide the performance and programmable processing required for production of WiMAX base station products.

Fixed and mobile WiMAX
Designed to support both fixed and mobile stations, this WiMAX platform provides the essential hardware functionality required for a first-generation WiMAX IEEE 802.16-2005 mobile baseband platform in a single Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) form factor.

"The integration of key silicon content combined with Freescale software makes Freescale's new baseband channel card offering a comprehensive and flexible WiMAX solution," said Flint Pulskamp, program manager for IDC. "As WiMAX grows into a mainstream technology, this type of platform solution can help take this standard to the next level of adoption among telecommunication infrastructure firms."

The design uses a Gigahertz-performance MPC8555E PowerQUICC III communication processor built on Power Architecture technology for MAC processing, two quad-core MSC8126 500Mz DSPs based on StarCore technology for Layer 1 PHY processing, and an FPGA for time domain processing. Freescale's QUICC Engine technology enables network termination, and the AMC platform supports a variety of interface technologies including the Gigabit, Serial I/O and Rapid IO interconnect standards.

Devt tools
Software shipped with the WiMAX platform includes CodeWarrior development tools and a SmartDSP-OS RTOS integrated with peripheral device drivers for Freescale's MSC8126 processor. Customers also can leverage enabling software kernels from Freescale for MAC and PHY processing. AMC card design details including schematics and gerber files are available upon request.

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