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June 22, 2011

Cavium Announces "user-to-core" LTE Small Cell Demonstration with Continuous Computing and Picochip

Cavium has joined hands with Continuous Computing and Picochip to demonstrate a Long Term Evolution (LTE (News - Alert)) small cell operating in an end-to-end system in an upcoming event.

Incorporating Trillium LTE protocol stack software from Continuous Computing running on a Cavium OCTEON processor, LTE dongles using Cavium’s Odyssey 9000 UE chipsets and an LTE evolved packet core (EPC) supplied by a worldwide leader in networking, the companies’ joint exhibit at this year’s Femtocells (News - Alert) World Summit shows full interoperation between the Picochip PC960x LTE small cell solution, the company stated in a press release.

“Our companies are committed to accelerating the deployment of LTE with full featured femtocell, picocell and end user devices,” said Raj Singh (News - Alert), general manager, Wireless Broadband Group at Cavium. “These results demonstrate the proven reality of open market small cells using our commercial LTE dongle UE devices and OCTEON multi-core processors for the small cell base station along with freely available core network equipment delivering high performance. Our joint efforts will give more confidence to network equipment manufacturers.”

Occupying a physical space of around four liters, it integrates a radio, PHY and Continuous Computing’s (News - Alert) protocol stacks running on a Cavium OCTEON processor into a complete system. With end-to-end testing and quality, Picochip’s PC960x is a complete basestation reference design in a µTCA chassis. Offering a smooth evolution path to future versions of the standard including LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), it supports all the standard modes of LTE, with both TD-LTE and FDD variants. This showcasing will include commercially available user equipment (UE) and core network equipment.

Recently, the company announced that it has forged a partnership for 3G/4G systems with Samsung (News - Alert) Electronics that will fasten Cavium’s mass deployment of OCTEON processors. According to the company, its OCTEON processors are more suitable for 4G wireless solutions including Base stations and Packet Core environment that demand higher levels of scalability, performance, security and deep packet inspection.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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