The company is targeting traditional macro base stations and systems one size smaller with its initial 16- and 12-core chips. It plans smaller and custom versions later for smaller cells.
Many carriers believe they will need and are conducting trials with a new tier of so-called small cell basestations to provide capacity in dense urban areas. However, each has its own distinct requirements and most see 2013 as a year of trials before deployments likely in HSDPA networks initially in 2014, said an Ericsson executive.
Some systems vendors used the Super Bowl and London Olympics as trials of so-called heterogeneous networks or HetNets. AT&T put out a request for information about small cells in November, indicating it wants to add 40,000 small cells to its LTE network.
“I expect HetNets will continue to be a big buzz at the Mobile World Congress” where LSI is formally announcing the new SoCs, Bailey said. “People will also talk about how software-defined networks will play out--some people think it has a big role and others say it doesn’t,” he added.
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The Axxia 5500 initially comes in high-end flavors with 16 and 12 Cortex A15 cores.
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