BURNABY, British Columbia -- Aiming to enable a new class of wireless base stations, PMC-Sierra Inc. today announced a reference design platform, based on its new pre-distortion chip technology as well digital signal processors (DSPs) from Texas Instrument Inc.
The Canadian company said the design platform--called the PM2360-KIT Gandalf--enables systems manufacturers to build advanced, low-cost third-generation (3G) base stations and related products. The platform supports both 3G standards: cdma2000 and W-CDMA.
"The platform can be used to develop 2G, 2.5G and 3G base stations," said Laurie Wallace, director of marketing for the Access Products Division at PMC-Sierra, based in Burnaby. "The Gandalf reference design kit, which is currently in design with several of the large base station manufacturers worldwide, offers a complete end-to-end 3G system design solution," Wallace told SBN.
Gandalf consists of several components, including PMC-Sierra's previously-announced Paladin-15 line of radio-frequency (RF) chips. The Paladin-15 is based on its digital pre-distortion IC technology, which eliminates transmitter distortions and improves spectral efficiency in wireless base stations, according to the company.
The Paladin-15 chip design enables 15-MHz, multi-carrier W-CDMA and cdma2000 applications--without using costly, feed-forward technology in existing RF amplifiers.
The board also consists of memory, flash-memory, digital-to-analog converters, as well as TI's C54 line of DSPs. TI's DSPs are widely used in base stations and wireless handsets, but PMC-Sierra has no plans to directly sell TI's chips in the marketplace.
The PM2360-KIT Gandalf consists of all the required components to build a base station. The designer only needs to add a signal source and a simple Class-AB high power amplifier (HPA) module.
Gandalf is now available for $20,000 per unit.