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Aricent, Mindspeed Team Debut High-Performing 20MHz Small Cell Reference Solution
February 25, 2013
By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor
The Aricent (News - Alert) Group and Mindspeed Technologies Inc., small cell technology specialists, have reportedly unveiled next-generation, high-performing metrocell reference design that backs 20MHz LTE (News - Alert) FDD and throughputs of up to 150Mbps.
This collaboration has been raised to integrate Aricent’s world-class software stacks and Mindspeed’s PHY software with the Transcede T3300 baseband processor, especially designed for high performing small cell solutions.
Pratyush Dasgupta, vice president and head of wireless practice, Aricent, said the operators are now demanding more from their small cells to effectively cater to the ever increasing bandwidth demand from their consumers.
"With more than 50 LTE engagements, we have extensive experience and expertise in the LTE domain and are pleased to partner with Mindspeed to develop this high-performance LTE small cell solution," Dasgupta added.
The new small cell reference solution uses Mindspeed’s PHY software with the Transcede T3300 baseband processor. The Transcede family of devices is based on industry-standard cores and integrate CEVA (News - Alert) XC4000 DSP cores, and multiple clusters of ARM Cortex A15 processors, with symmetric multi-processing (SMP) – along with hardware accelerators and co-processors.
The third-generation Transcede maintains software compatibility with previous versions, enabling the products to use the Mindspeed internally developed PHY and partner-developed stack-software.
“Small cells are becoming a critical part of the network,” said Dr. Naser Adas, senior vice president and general manager of the wireless business unit of Mindspeed. “We are leading the small cell industry with the broadest, future-proof portfolio of SoCs for small cells and a 63-percent share of the market according to Infonetics Research (News - Alert).”
Adas said they are proud to be working with Aricent to demonstrate a 20MHz small cell reference solution.
Mindspeed will be present in Mobile World Congress 2013 to demonstrate small cell technology to service providers, OEM customers, press and analysts.
Edited by Braden Becker
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