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Mindspeed wins pico-, micro-cell design-in

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SoC? LTE? base station? mobile?

Mindspeed Technologies Inc. will present small-cell base station products implementing its Transcede processor family at the 2011 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain to be held from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17.

The Transcede SoC was launched at the 2010 Mobile World Congress. It claims to be the industry's only solution with a compatible software architecture that enables OEMs to quickly scale their designs up or down in cell size, depending on customer requirements and rapidly evolving market dynamics.

Long-Term Evolution (LTE) picocells, microcells and a continually-evolving class of enterprise femtocells are expected to play a critical role alongside traditional macrocells as future 4G networks are architected. Once viewed primarily as an in-building wireless (IBW) solution used by mobile network operators to overcome poor indoor cellular coverage and signal degradation in commercial buildings, the picocell is now seen as a remedy for the high-density data clusters that will stress 3G and 4G networks as video-centric data consumption increases.

The Transcede 4000 features 26 programmable processors in a single device, including two ARM Cortex A9 multicore symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) RISC processors, 10 CEVA DSPs and 10 DSP accelerators. Transcede processors enable equipment manufacturers to fully support the complete processing needs of single- and multisector base stations using the wideband code-division multiple access (W-CDMA), LTE-FDD, LTE time-division duplex (TD-LTE, in China), time division synchronous code division multiple access (TD-SCDMA, in China) and/or WiMAX air-interface standards. Transcede-based designs feature substantial processing headroom for value-added software features that developers can also readily port to other Transcede-based platforms.

The Transcede 4000 was named "Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough" at the 2010 Mobile Excellence Awards (MEA) and it continues to resonate with customers and Mindspeed technology partners as the small cells approach to advanced mobile networks matures.

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