LONDON Freescale Semiconductor has developed a development platform to speed and simplify the creation of networking equipment for 3G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and other emerging broadband wireless technologies.
The platform is being demonstrated this week at the company's Technology Forum in Paris. Prototype versions of the platform are sampling, and general availability is planned for late Q4 2007.
The platform combines programmable data plane software with Advanced Mezzanine Cards featuring Freescale's MPC8548 PowerQUICC III processor and the quad-core MSC8144 StarCore DSP to achieve Layer 1 and Layer 2 LTE radio processing.
C-based data plane software seamlessly integrates the processors, enabling the features and scheduling algorithms essential to delivering low latency, high throughput LTE systems.
The platform provides the multi-gigahertz performance, low power operation, and interconnect technologies crucial to support the high data rate air interface and IP packet handling requirements of LTE base stations.
"Even as LTE standards evolve, Freescale is providing a modular, fully programmable platform to help customers jump start product creation and adapt to evolving market requirements," said Jeff Timbs, marketing director for Freescale’s Networking Systems Division.
Base stations based on the platform can be cleanly partitioned into separate network, radio Layer 2, and radio Layer 1 processors, which can each scale according to emerging system performance requirements. The radio processor cards are interconnected via low latency Serial RapidIO and Gigabit Ethernet schemes.