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Integrated hardware and software for wireless OEMs

07 Apr 2014

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MIMOon integrated its mi!SmallCellPHY software with CommAgility's AMC-D24A4-RF4 AdvancedMC module, creating a complete LTE physical layer solution ready to add L2/L3 stacks. It is ideal for LTE applications including eNodeB implementations, test equipment, specialised systems and research and development projects.

The PHY software is supplied in binary format integrated with the card, and no up-front licence fee is charged, only a run-time licence. This typically saves hundreds of thousands of dollars for OEMs developing LTE applications, making new projects more affordable. By being already integrated and tested, the solution saves substantial engineering effort, further reducing development costs and enabling OEMs to deliver projects more quickly.

MIMOon's mi!SmallCellPHY software provides a complete LTE physical layer for pico-, femto- and micro-cells on SDR, DSP and ASIC platforms. The software is fully compliant with 3GPP Releases 8 and 9, and provides a flexible, scalable solution that is optimised for low memory, processing power and power consumption.

CommAgility's AMC-D24A4-RF4 is a double-width AMC module based around Texas Instruments' (TI's) TMS320TCI6636 SoC, which contains 8 TMS320C66x DSP cores, 4 ARM Cortex-A15 cores and wireless accelerators. For additional processing, the AMC-D24A4-RF4 also provides two TI TMS320C6678 multi-core DSPs and a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA. The module includes a highly flexible 4x4 RF interface. For applications requiring external remote radio heads, multiple CPRI interfaces are available, and the card is available without integrated RF as the AMC-D24A4.

The module is aimed at 4G LTE, LTE Advanced and 5G systems that require MIMO technologies, and enables complete RF to Layer 3 wireless base station functionality to be implemented on a single card. The performance and flexibility is ideal for use in test equipment, research and development, or a specialised application such as wireless surveillance.

Brian Meads, VP Marketing at MIMOon, said, "By combining the MIMOon PHY and CommAgility's signal processing hardware into a pre-integrated solution, developers can save time and money in creating new LTE systems. LTE Small Cell product developers can further take advantage of MIMOon's pre-integrated mi!SmallCellSTACK to realise a product with lowest risk and fastest time-to-market."

The CommAgility hardware and MIMOon software now provide one of the key building blocks for an eNodeB solution, ready for integration with higher layer stacks and other components. Renuka Bhalerao, Senior Product Line Manager, Small Cells and Trillum Software, at Radisys, said, "CommAgility's advanced wireless hardware based on the TCI6636 SoC makes an ideal standard platform for our market leading TotaleNodeB software solution, which provides the rest of the functionality for a typical eNodeB system."

The new solution will be available in mid-2014.




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