Feature Article

October 19, 2010

Mindspeed Partners up for Commercial eNodeB Solution

Mindspeed Technologies, a dealer in semiconductor solutions, announced that it has forged a partnership with ArrayComm LLC and Continuous Computing Corporation on a complete commercial eNodeB solution for LTE-frequency division duplex (LTE-FDD) and LTE-Time Division Duplex (LTE-TDD) mobile networks.  

Mindspeed's Transcede’s family of processors delivers a new class of high-performance silicon designed to meet the huge increase in base station computational complexity caused by the migration from a voice-centric 2G/3G mobile network to a data centric 3G+/4G mobile network. Mindspeed's Transcede system-on-chip (SoC) 3G/4G/LTE baseband processor gives the jointly developed LTE eNodeB solution superior spectrum efficiency, capacity and peak data rates with extremely low latency. 

The LTE eNodeB solution includes the Trillium LTE software stack from Continuous Computing, which is currently in multiple LTE field trials globally, and ArrayComm's complete, standards-compliant, interoperable physical-layer (PHY) software. The solution has also been designed to speed development of LTE base-stations that scale economically from femto to macro cell system designs. 

Marketing Director for Mindspeed's Communications Convergence Processing (CCP) Business Unit, Alan Taylor, said in a press release that their collaboration gives customers everything they need to quickly bring high-performance, well-differentiated base station equipment to the LTE mobile-infrastructure market. The solution leverages the Transcede family's computational horsepower and scalable architecture to meet heavy LTE processing demands, while enabling the same layer one and layer two software components to be ported across a wide range of platform designs.

Director of Product Line Management with Continuous Computing, Todd Mersch, added that, being able to port their field-proven, carrier-class Trillium LTE software across multiple Transcede-based equipment designs, from femtocells to macro base-stations, is an extremely powerful value proposition for manufacturers of next-generation LTE access equipment. This solution rapidly accelerates time-to-market, while significantly reducing system cost.      

Transcede’s family of SoCs, a new class of high-performance silicon, delivers three sectors of LTE processing in a single device and enables the first 64-user "picocell on a chip,” while providing substantial processing headroom using a modular software approach that allows manufacturers to incorporate their own proprietary, value-added features to a standard eNodeB implementation, such as network listening for base-station self-optimization and auto-configuration.

The solution uses an innovative, task-based hardware architecture model that enables software developed on one Transcede device to be ported to other products within the Transcede family across the full range of system platforms, including enterprise femtocell, picocell (indoor and outdoor), microcell and macrocell base-stations.


Nathesh is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard


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