Texas Instruments Goes Beyond 3G with New LTE Offering for Wireless Infrastructure

Development Ecosystem Gives Carriers a Head Start and Reduces Time to

Market for OEMs

Apr 18, 2007, 01:00 ET from Texas Instruments Incorporated

    DALLAS, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- As Wideband Code Division Multiple
 Access (W-CDMA) deployments continue to expand worldwide, Texas Instruments
 Incorporated (NYSE:   TXN) (TI) is now looking beyond 3G -- to Long Term
 Evolution (LTE). An initiative of the Third Generation Partnership Program
 (3GPP), LTE encompasses higher data rates and flexibility in frequency
 allocations needed to support IP-based applications set to deploy between
 2008 and 2012. In order to accelerate original equipment manufacturers'
 (OEMs) time to market with LTE technology, TI has created a development
 ecosystem, combining its wireless infrastructure optimized digital signal
 processors (DSP), software libraries and ATCA/AMC cards from leading
 systems developers Mercury Computer Systems and Silicon Turnkey Express
 (STx). For more information, go to http://www.ti.com/civision .
     LTE, and the evolution of mobile communications systems, goes beyond
 the current GSM/EDGE and W-CDMA HSPA air interfaces. Current 3G networks
 support a mixture of voice and data traffic over the same circuit-switched
 network. Operating at peak performance, these networks can deliver speeds
 of 14.4 Mbps downlink or 5.76 Mbps uplink. Packet-based LTE is designed to
 offer peak speeds of 100 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink, making streaming
 media and true interactivity a viable reality on the handset.
     "This is a tumultuous time for service providers as they strive to meet
 consumers growing demand for high bandwidth applications," said Godfrey
 Chua, research manager for IDC's wireless and mobile infrastructure
 service. "Although the LTE standard is not yet finalized, carriers' work
 must begin now to test and evaluate its potential. TI's LTE development
 ecosystem is the right approach and comes at the right time as it provides
 carriers and equipment manufacturers with sufficient lead time to meet
 potential deployment goals falling in the 2009/2010 timeframe."
     Although the LTE standard has not yet been finalized, service providers
 are planning for its trial today. TI's development ecosystem provides OEM's
 a preview into how their systems can support the LTE air interface.
 Leveraging the TMS320TCI6482 and TMS320TCI6487 DSPs, TI has created a
 series of designs leveraging system-level benchmarks. These benchmarks
 illustrate various system architectures to support existing 3G standards,
 WiMAX and LTE. The software library capitalizes on TI's existing WiMAX Wave
 2 compliant library, with a host of LTE-specific algorithms. Combined, this
 hardware/software package provides a starting point for LTE development and
 enables faster and easier development of prototype systems.
     Base station manufacturers are also eager to evaluate the new standard.
 TI has partnered with system developers MCS and STx to offer ATCA/AMC-based
 development platforms that can dramatically reduce the OEMs time to market.
 These platforms allow developers to quickly assemble a hardware test
 platform, mirroring a typical system including DSPs, a general purpose
 processor (GPP), and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Using an
 advanced mezzanine card (AMC) approach, separate cards with these devices
 can be easily connected and development can start before any final hardware
 decisions are made. Both the TCI6482 and TCI6487 baseband processors are
 available on AMC development cards.
     "The broadband-class data rates of LTE will require tremendous
 performance in a wireless infrastructure framework to support the new
 customer applications enabled by these networks," said Dr. Arnon Friedmann,
 software product manager for TI's communications infrastructure group. "The
 early development ecosystem, will help carriers and OEMs formulate the most
 cost- effective path towards LTE."
     One such ecosystem partner is AXIS Network Technology, a UK-based
 wireless technology business focused on the development of multichannel
 OFDM digital radio and RF solutions for next generation MIMO and AAS
 wireless systems. AXIS is leveraging its current WiMAX platform for new LTE
 developments, leveraging TI's analog devices in key modulator and DPD
     As an active participant in the development of the LTE standard, TI can
 quickly adapt and modify the software library to match any changes or new
 developments. In addition, since LTE is an orthogonal frequency division
 modulation (OFDM) based system, TI is able to leverage more than 20 years
 of experience in both digital subscriber line (DSL) and previous OFDM-based
 wireless developments. This system expertise, coupled with the company's
 leadership position in wireless infrastructure, enables TI to be an active
 partner with customers and service providers as the industry moves toward
 the next step in mobile communications.
     The DSPs and benchmark configurations for LTE are available today. The
 third party development platforms are also available today. The first
 release of the LTE software package will be available at the end of second
 quarter 2007. It will be updated throughout the year as the standard moves
 toward ratification.
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 technologies to meet our customers' real world signal processing
 requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company includes the
 Education Technology business. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and
 has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries.
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