SAN FRANCISCO Claiming an industry first, U.S.-based programmable logic supplier Altera Corp. and Finnish wireless technology specialist Elektrobit Group Plc. Tuesday (Aug. 15) announced the availability of development kits for designing applications in compliance with the Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) Reference Point 3-01 (RP3-01) specification for remote RF heads.
The kits include a Stratix II GX FPGA development board and Nios II embedded processor core from Altera, Elektrobit's advanced RP3-01 IP cores, as well as design software for emulating system configuration and control behavior, according to the companies.
"Altera and Elektrobit joined forces to provide a clear time-to-market advantage for OEMs designing remote radio heads for WiMAX, 3GPP and 3GPP2 systems," said Arun Iyengar, senior director of Altera's communications business unit. "Established wireless infrastructure and radio module developers as well as new market entrants can now apply the latest OBSAI specification to their products."
Two OBSAI RP3-01 development kits will be available in during the current quarter, according to the companies. The RNS RP301 EVA BB1 base band kit provides USB data through the RP3-01 protocol using optical fiber and costs 15,000 euros (about $19,100), while the RNS RP301 EVA RF1 RF kit allows clock recovery measurements and costs 20,000 euros (about $25,500), the companies said. More information is available on Altera's Web site.