Barcelona, Spain - Octasic Inc. today announced Vocallo BTS, its Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform for GSM, EDGE and EDGE Evolution base stations. The platform implements a complete Layer 1 solution for up to 12 GSM carriers or 6 EDGE carriers or any combination. Voctello BTS boasts low power consumption—only 80 mW per carrier, and less than 1W overall.
Vocallo BTS is able to achieve low power thanks to its use of Opus, Octasic's asynchronous DSP core. The Vocallo BTS platform includes 15 Opus cores, with each core running at the equivalent of 1.2 GHz.
On the software side, Vocallo BTS comes with a full suite of Layer 1 GSM, GPRS and EDGE modules. The modules also incorporate parts of the Layer 2 and Layer 3 code. These modules are available as a 3GPP-compliant source code reference library.
Octasic claims that Vocallo BTS is the first "true" SDR base station. The company says that competing solutions contain a mix of hardware and software, and thus do not qualify as software-defined radios. Indeed, base stations usually do require hardware to keep costs and power consumption down. Octasic says that Vocallo BTS is the first all-software solution that provides the necessary performance and power efficiency.
Vocallo BTS is the first product of Octasic's recently announced SDR wireless program. It builds on Octasic's established Vocallo product line, which currently addresses voice and video applications. Future Opus-based SDR products will target 3G and 4G multi-standard femto, pico and macro wireless basestations.
The Vocallo BTS demonstration platform can be viewed at booth # 2.1C58 at the GSMA Mobile World Congress show taking place this week in Barcelona.