A chip-level baseband platform capable of supporting 802.11n, 802.16e, mobile TV and 3GPP-LTE communication standards has been taped out by the European research consortium IMEC.
The SoC delivers in excess of 100 Mbits/s throughput and is designed to serve as a flexible-air-interface (FLAI) baseband platform for software-defined radios (SDR). The platform and its patented components and programming environment will be licensed to industry for commercial product development as white-box intellectual property (IP).
IMEC also expects to combine its FLAI platform and flexible radio front-end
(SCALDIO) in order to demonstrate a fully operational software-defined radio later this year.
Despite the chip's speed, a patented platform control and power management approach means the SoC consumes only a few milliwatts in standby mode. It is capable of receiving an immediate burst from any supported wireless standard (reactive radio).
When transmitting or receiving data bursts with multi-antenna encoding at more than 100 Mbits/s, platform peak power is only 300mW.
IMEC released the news during the World Mobile Congress. It follows by about a week a number of releases at ISSCC relevant to wireless communications including IMEC unveils 60-GHz multiple antenna receiver.
The FLAI platform incorporates: Two IMEC-proprietary ADRES (architecture for dynamically reconfigurable embedded systems) baseband processors fully supported by a proprietary C-code compiler; three digital front-end tiles with a proprietary ASIP (application-specific integrated processor) to assure sync-detection; an ARM9 processor; and optimized AMBA interconnect to link the SoC's modules with on-chip memories.
The IP blocks come with reference platform control software and reference firmware for IEEE802.11n, 802.16e and 3GPP-LTE, as well as integration support.
- 38 mm2 die area
- 4 power domains, 8 clocks
- 270 I/O pins
- 6.7 Mb memory (121 instances)
- 2 FLAI-ADRES processors
Each Flai-ADRES processor includes:
- 33 memory macro @ 400MHz
- 32KB instruction cache
- 128-entries config mem
- 64KB data scratchpad
- 128KB IMEM @ 200MHz
- 400MHz WCC clock rate
- 25.6 GOPS