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mimoOn, BDTi create benchmarks for LTE processors

Posted: 21 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE baseband applications? LTE processor benchmarks? LTE standard?

mimoOn and technology analysis firm BDTI are jointly developing benchmarks to be applied in evaluating processors used in LTE baseband applications. As these benchmarks will be represented by reference codes that can be applied on any programmable hardware platform, benchmark data can be generated across a wide range of architectures.

As demand for software and silicon solutions for LTE grows, so does demand for benchmarking data to enable reliable comparisons between competing hardware platforms. BDTI and mimoOn are partnering to create a benchmark suite that will enable rapid and fair comparisons of processing platforms for LTE base stations and terminals.

The LTE standard allows a wide range of configurations for base stations, from a low-bandwidth, single-antenna configuration supporting a few users and low data rates up to configurations supporting 20MHz bandwidth, more than 8 antennas, and data rates of 300Mbit/s or thousands of users in a cell.

Previously, the only way to evaluate a processor's ability to support such configurations was to actually implement an LTE standard-compliant solution on the processor. And even after doing so, it has been impossible to make fair comparisons between processors because of differences in the LTE functionality implemented on each processor. Similarly, it has been virtually impossible to make fair comparisons of processors for LTE terminals in terms of cost and power consumption.

The new benchmark under development by BDTI and mimoOn overcomes these difficulties by providing a uniform workload incorporating the key elements of LTE baseband processing.

Jeff Bier, president and co-founder of BDTI, said: "Over the past 15 years, BDTI's benchmarks have become the gold standard for evaluating processing platforms targeting DSP applications such as wireless communications and multimedia. Now that LTE equipment has become a key growth market for processors, BDTI is pleased to collaborate with mimoOn to bring reliable benchmarks to this space."

- Phil Ling
??EE Times

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