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Qualcomm fields UMB base station reference design

Posted: 31 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ultra Mobile Broadband networks? UMB base station reference design? UMB networks?

Qualcomm Inc. has released its new infrastructure reference design for ultramobile broadband (UMB) networks. Based on Qualcomm's OFDMA Cell Site Modem CSM8900 and technologies from top component and software providers, the base station reference design is intended to help enable OEMs reduce their development costs and quickly commercialize new UMB infrastructure products.

"Our new reference design provides a simple, well defined path for equipment manufacturers to introduce new UMB base stations and gain an early foothold in the high-speed mobile broadband market, " said Ed Knapp, senior VP of marketing, Qualcomm Flarion Technologies.

Qualcomm's UMB reference design provides a well designed, flexible solution for the PHY Layer 1, as well as for Layers 2 and 3, allowing vendors to accelerate their development efforts. Using this design, both large and small OEMs can leverage Qualcomm's R&D experience with OFDMA-based technologies, reducing typical barriers to market entry. The reference design employs Qualcomm's CSM8900 to provide PHY functions. The resulting UMB reference design supports a flat, all-IP network architecture.

In addition to leveraging Qualcomm's expertise in OFDMA, the new UMB base station reference design uses best-of-breed technologies from Freescale Semiconductor, Cavium Networks and Green Hills Software.

"Next generation mobile devices require wireless networks to provide high-bandwidth voice, video and data access with robust QoS, security and application-aware features," said Rajiv Khemani, VP of marketing and sales, Cavium Networks. "We are pleased to enable secure, application-aware functionality in Qualcomm's reference design using Cavium's OCTEON processor, which will help fuel the adoption of rich media services in mobile networks."

Freescale Semiconductor's MPC8548 PowerQUICC III processor is used for the control plane and Layer 2 functions. Cavium Networks' OCTEON processor provides market-leading performance for Layer 3 and Layer 3+ networking applications. The UMB reference design also incorporates Green Hills Software's micron-velOSity RTOS and will use the MULTI Professional Edition IDE.

"MPC8548 gives Qualcomm's reference design the ability to achieve high levels of performance within constrained power and price budgets," said Jeff Timbs, director of marketing for Freescale's networking systems division. "Moreover, its flexible set of networking interfaces reduces system costs by eliminating glue logic and will enable OEMs to leverage millions of lines of code that are successfully running on PowerQUICC devices."

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