|[February 17, 2014]
New Freescale Metrocell Base Station Processor Drives Next-Generation LTE Infrastructure for the Mobile Broadband Age
AUSTIN, Texas --(Business Wire)--
The explosion of smart connected devices and increasing volumes of rich
digital content have created a worldwide flood of mobile data, requiring
OEMs and carriers to dramatically boost network performance while
controlling capital expenditure costs, increasing power efficiency and
supporting 4G/LTE (News - Alert) standards. While macrocells remain essential to the
world's wireless infrastructure systems, operators are increasingly
looking to metrocells to provide ubiquitous coverage in dense urban
areas and throughout large enterprises.
To help address these challenges, Freescale (News - Alert) Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL)
introduces the next generation of its groundbreaking QorIQ Qonverge
portfolio of base station-on-chip SoCs. Designed to help operators add
capacity and deliver enhanced coverage in user-dense environments, the
new B3421 base station SoC integrates digital front-end (DFE)
technology, which improves power amplifier (PA) efficiency and
significantly reduces base station power and costs.
"Freescale pioneered the base station-on-chip market three years ago
when we introduced the industry's first multimode wireless base station
processor family to scale from small to large cells," said Tareq
Bustami, vice president of product management for Freescale's Digital
Networking business. "The new QorIQ Qonverge B3421 device targets the
rapidly growing metro segment and reinforces our commitment to wireless
networking leadership, as we continue to invest to stay ahead of market
According to ABI
Research, outdoor small cells will have a year-on-year unit growth
of 125 percent predicted for 2014 for a value of almost $3.6 billion.
Industry's most highly integrated metrocell base station processor
The device's embedded CPU cores, DSP cores, baseband accelerators and
DFE technology deliver a system-on-chip solution that handles base
station processing tasks from the front end all the way to the backhaul.
The integrated DFE capability, coupled with industry-standard antenna
interfaces, allow seamless RFIC interfacing and streamlined RF line-up
optimization. Together with Powerover Ethernet (PoE) capabilities to
meet low power requirements, support for JESD204B, JESD207 and CPRI
interfaces to support various antenna schemes, PCI Express for
connectivity to WiFi (News - Alert) chipsets, SATA for local content caching and
Ethernet SGMII backhaul interfaces, the QorIQ Qonverge B3421 device is
the most highly integrated metrocell base station SoC in the industry.
The B3421 device is fully optimized for concurrent LTE and WiFi
operation, and supports LTE-TDD, LTE-FDD and LTE-Advanced wireless
standards. Advanced 4x4 MiMO algorithms and 3GPP standard up to Release
11, advanced interference cancelling schemes, eICIC and carrier
aggregation additionally improve spectral efficiency and provide
future-proofing for OEMs and operators.
"As service providers move to a more heterogeneous network, they are
increasingly looking to metrocells to boost�coverage and enhance quality
of service in densely populated areas. This new interest in metrocells
is leading to�a spike in OEM development activity," said Linley Gwennap,
principal analyst for The Linley�Group. "With a rich set of integrated
features including the newly added DFE function, Freescale's new B3421
SoC delivers high performance at low power, addressing the needs of the
Operating in the in PoE-type power envelope, the B3421 SoC leverages
field-proven, industry-leading acceleration technologies combined with
Power Architecture® e6500 dual-thread cores and StarCore
SC3900 DSP cores, which are both the industry's highest performing cores
in their respective categories. The result is exceptional raw
performance that enables up to 256 simultaneous users, and outstanding
spectral efficiency for extremely dense user bases like enterprise or
Enablement tools and software
Freescale offers a rich ecosystem of products and services to support
the QorIQ Qonverge B3 family, including commercial-grade VortiQa Layer 1
baseband software, and field-proven Layer 1/PHY to speed time to market
and deliver optimized performance.
Sampling for the QorIQ Qonverge B3421 product is planned for Q1 2015. For
more information, visit www.freescale.com/qoriqqonverge.
About Freescale Semiconductor (News - Alert)
Freescale Semiconductor�(NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in embedded
processing solutions, providing industry-leading products that are
advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets.
From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated
circuits and connectivity - our technologies are the foundation for the
innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more
connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include
automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation
wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical
devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is
based in�Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development,
manufacturing and sales operations around the world.�www.freescale.com
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developer community, drawing nearly 60,000 attendees worldwide since its
inception in 2005. Our flagship event, FTF Americas, takes place April
8-11, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.
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