Feature Article

August 05, 2008

WiMAX SoC Platform and RF Transceivers Enable Base Stations and Relays

Integrating Analog Devices' WiMAX/WiBRO RF transceivers with its DAN2400 SoC platform, and DesignArt Networks, a provider of SoC silicon platforms driving the 4G radio network infrastructure, has completed a full-system integration with its DAN2400 SoC platform and Analog Devices’ WiMAX/WiBRO RF MxFE MISO transceivers.
 
As part of DesignArt Networks’ DAN2400 reference design family and software package, a reference design based on Analog Devices’ AD9354 and AD9355 RF transceivers has been made available.
 
Analog Devices has adapted the core RF, mixed signal and systems IC technology of wireless industry as it moves to more advanced modulation schemes. With this, customers and partners can develop small, high-performance products with aggressive price targets. DesignArt Networks worked with Analog Devices’ applications engineering team to optimize the performance of its AD9354 and AD9355 RF-to-baseband WiMAX transceivers together with DesignArt’s DAN2400 SoC platform. ADI will offer local support to joint customers as these common solutions are deployed.
 
Covering the entire RF signal chain, Analog Devices, Inc., the ADI RF IC portfolio uses a unique combination of design skills, system understanding, and process technologies to provide the broadest portfolio of radio frequency (RF) ICs. These ICs cover the entire RF signal chain from high-performance RF function blocks to highly-integrated single-chip transceiver solutions.
 
The RF function blocks include phase-locked loop synthesizers (PLLs), direct digital synthesizers (DDS), X-AMP variable gain amplifiers (VGAs), TruPwr power detectors and logarithmic amplifiers, direct conversion modulator and demodulator products and RF amplifiers such as PAs and LNAs, mixers.
 
“The DAN2400 is a flexible SoC platform for WiMAX base stations and relays. It provides the most comprehensive baseband SoC solution available to equipment vendors, offering a single development platform for any type of WiMAX infrastructure product. The DAN 2400 renders a single-chip MAC and Smart-PHY implementation, with embedded support for up to six antenna paths,” said Assaf Touboul, CTO of DesignArt Networks. “Combined with Analog Devices’ RF transceivers, a single DAN2400 provides a range of ultra-compact design options, spanning from cost-effective indoor Femto- and pico-cells to powerful outdoor micro base stations, all of which support integrated zero-cost backhaul capabilities.”
 
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page


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