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3G/4G wireless base station SoC "doubles" performance

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless? SoC? base station? 3G? 4G?

Texas Instruments launched its TMS320TCI6616 wireless base station SoC, which the company claims can double the performance of other 3G/4G SoCs.

The TMS320TCI6616, incorporating three critical elements of field proven PHY technology, an autonomous packet processing engine and programmable DSPs enabling full multicore entitlement, is based on TI's new TMS320C66x digital signal processor (DSP) generation using TI's new KeyStone multicore architecture. It was built as a wireless data engine from the very start to facilitate customers' development of more robust, multimode base stations.

TI PHYs, serving as configurable coprocessors, enable Software Defined Radio and allow operators to migrate to emerging standards without the need for external components. Autonomous packet processing controls the packets from both core and radio networks, offloading packet processing and freeing up cycles for algorithms that enhance spectral efficiency. The configurable coprocessors, which target all major wireless standards, offer performance equivalent to more than 250 DSPs.

The four C66x DSP cores, which boast five times more processing performance than any other DSPs, provide the performance needed for custom IP implementations while TI's new multicore KeyStone architecture manages the competition for processing resources while offering the first true network-on-chip infrastructure to provide full multicore entitlement.

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