Santa Clara, Calif.--April 26, 1999--Frontier Design (Leuven, Belgium) introduced a system-level intellectual property (IP) core that provides the baseband signal processing functionality of the global system for mobile communications (GSM) Layer 1 standard for both base stations and handsets. When executed by a TMS32062XX DSP processor, the C-language core can perform real-time processing of up to 8 time slots--sufficient throughput to enable 384 kbps data transmission rates from mobile phones and other wireless devices, using developing standards.
Designers can use the C-language IP to prototype and debug GSM handsets and base stations, using a DSP processor, and can then migrate the design to a more cost effective, lower-power FPGA or ASIC implementation using Frontier's ARTTM (Algorithm-to-Register-Transfer) design tools and/or SOC design services.
Frontier Design's system-level "soft" core is written in the C-language and is available for either the Microsoft Visual C++ environment or the Texas Instruments TMS320C62XX DSP. Either environment can be used for evaluation and system prototyping, but the TMS320C62xx implementation is targeted at real-time processing of up to 8 time slots per device. The evaluation environments include test vectors and RF propagation models that can be used to verify performance against GSM specifications.
Frontier's system-level GSM solution is composed of nine sub-cores that perform signal modulation, demodulation, and equalization; data and voice encoding and decoding, speech synthesis, burst building, and GSM FR and EFR speech codecs. The GSM core and sub-cores are provided in conjunction with Frontier's design services.
Frontier Design has extensive expertise in DSP and ultra low power SOC design, including the design of the control and interface to other layers, assistance with layer 2 and layer 3 design, and the development of silicon implementations of the final design. Customers may contract with Frontier to implement all or part of their GSM design.
Frontier's C-language GSM IP system core and all nine sub-cores are available now. Prices for Frontier Design's GSM IP vary depending on the complexity and extent of design services provided. Sub-cores start at $50,000 and the GSM IP system core for Microsoft Visual environment at $650,000.
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