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Small cell base station platform eases 3G/4G BTS development

Posted: 01 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:base station? 3G? 4G? multicore? MIMO?

Texas Instruments Inc. and Azcom Technology debut the TMDXSCBP6616X small cell base station platform. The platform focuses on 3G and 4G high speed data systems. Based on TI's KeyStone multicore architecture and TMS320C66x DSP core, the platform supports multicarrier HSPA+ systems and full-rate, 20MHz LTE systems using MIMO and advanced receiver algorithms.

Using technology deployed in carrier networks worldwide, the platform claims to be capable of achieving macro-class performance in a pico-class form factor for small cell deployments. It uses the following technology from TI: TCI6616 SoC for PHY and Layer 2 processing that affords OEMs the ability to develop state-of-the-art base station solutions for all air interfaces from GSM to LTE; C6A8167 Integra DSP+ARM processor for Layer 3 processing; GC5330 transmit/receive processor for digital radio front-end processing; and NaviLink 6.0 (NL5550) solution GPS for clock synchronization.

For RF development, the platform connects directly to TI's upcoming TSW3725 analog/RF platform, which is available separately.

Developers can leverage TI's extensive third party network for complete software products and services that support TI DSPs. Companies with supporting software to TI's small cell base station platform include software partners Azcom Technology, Continuous Computing, mimoOn, Nash Technologies and Tata Elxsi. Hardware Partners are Azcom Technology and Global Navigation Systems.

Available in Q2 2011 from TI or Azcom Technology, the TMDXSCBP6616X is priced at $4,495.

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