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March 03, 2011

DesignArt Launches DAN3300 Single SoC Platform

DesignArt Networks, a leading supplier of highly integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) infrastructure solutions for the evolving 3G and 4G mobile radio access network infrastructure (RAN), has recently announced the launch of its third base station SoC platform, the DAN3300. The DAN 3300 is a ground-breaking 40nm single SoC family with five distinct SoC chips, for low cost indoor Picocell Access Points.

In a release, Assaf Touboul, chief technical officer of DesignArt Networks said that, “The DAN3300 is driven by a cost-optimized version of DesignArt’s powerful baseband technology, augmented with multi-protocol hardware acceleration for high-capacity in- and outdoor W-CDMA or LTE picocell access points. Consuming less than 4 Watts, the DAN3300 supports full 4G performance and antenna array signal processing capabilities, using four transmit and four receive paths, and delivers up to 300 Mbps of total service capacity to up to 128 subscribers.”

The DAN3300, a multi-protocol base station SoC, has been designed for low-cost, high-performance femto and picocell access points for 3G or LTE deployments. The DAN3300 happens to be only future-proof, low-cost single-SoC solution currently in the market, with full for 4G LTE performance, targeted towards the small cell layer of a heterogeneous 4G network with a focus on indoor deployment. The DAN3300 integrates all base station processing layers with a digital RF front-end, thereby enabling glue-less connectivity to any RF-IC chip, and offer the most cost-effective single-chip design options. The SoC essentially drives a 4x4 antenna array which is all set for advanced LTE features such as interference cancellation or MU-MIMO.

Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts  added that, “For indoor deployments, operators are looking for high-performance, yet cost-effective picocell solutions. With the DAN3300 DesignArt offers a multi-protocol SoC platform for low-cost, single-chip mobile access points, ideal for deployments in enterprise offices, public hot spots, or large buildings.”

DAN open SoC platform powers the DAN3300 by integrating in a single chip all four processing layers required for the design of any type of wireless network infrastructure product, ranging from base stations, radio heads, backhaul systems, up to fully integrated multi-sector 4G base station systems with zero-cost self-backhaul, all done on a single chip. The resulting product is a low-cost, powerful, flexible product portfolio which significantly reduces the R&D, life-cycle expenses, and optimizing time-to-market. DesignArt Networks provides a unique combination of product design and technology expertise, and offers state-of-the-art system design of mobile base station equipment, high-capacity backhaul modems, highly efficient coding schemes, multi-antenna signal processing, scheduling and QoS algorithms, multi-core SoC architectures, multi-core software architecture, and complex VLSI logic design.

Carolyn John is a Contributor to MobilityTechzone. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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