Modem development without hardware development
A development platform incorporating the baseband device will be available, and will be supported by Cognovo’s Soft Modem Integrated Development Environment.
Cognovo's Software Defined Modem Software Development Kit (SDM-SDK) consists of an optimizing compiler, a code profiler and a real-time multiprocessor design and modeling environment that enables licensees to migrate existing hardware-centric designs to the Cognovo platform.
"SDM enables fast-track development and validation of the modem application software to be separated from the silicon hardware commitment. Our licensees and their customers are able to reach the market more quickly, and with more certainty," said Gordon Aspin, CEO at Cognovo, in a statement.
Aspin continued: "We are already working with companies to exploit our MCE120 product in the 3G LTE market. However, by providing the MCE160-based development platform, together with our SDM software development kit, we will allow companies to create the first modem prototypes for LTE-A as soon as next year."
The software-defined modem (SDM) platform comprises the licensable MCE subsystem, available in different configurations, the SDM operating system (SDMOS) and integrated development environment for SDM creation and validation.
Cognovo claims modem development times can be reduced by 12 months compared with hardware-based modems. In addition the design remains flexible much closer to deployment, allowing for late fixes or changes to standards and regulations.
One factor that Cognovo has been less forthcoming about is how the power consumption of its software-programmable platform compares to a more hardware-centric design.
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