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Arraycomm, TI team up on smart antennas

Posted: 02 Mar 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Texas Instruments  TI  ArrayComm  MIMO  smart antenna software 

ArrayComm and Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) have announced a collaboration to combine ArrayComm's smart antenna technology with TI's high-performance digital signal processing for wireless infrastructure applications.

Compared with existing systems, said the press release, this combined solution provides operators with four-fold improvements in wireless system coverage, data rates more than doubled, and a capacity increase as much as ten times, all with better coverage quality for 802.16/WiMAX and WCDMA/HSDPA networks.

ArrayComm and TI added that service providers using the combined solution will reduce capital and operating costs while increasing network performance.

The combination of ArrayComm's Network MIMO smart antenna software and TI's family of high-performance TMS320TCI6482 DSPs on a single reference design provides base station equipment manufacturers with critical differentiation, including shorter time to market, higher equipment performance and greater flexibility as wireless standards evolve, the companies said.

"Our collaboration is a win-win for both the service provider and the base station equipment manufacturer," said Steve Sifferman, executive vice president of operations with ArrayComm. "Coupling TI's DSP with our smart antenna software will yield substantial improvements in the service providers' network implementations for both 3G and WiMAX."

Jerold Givens, DSP platform manager, communications infrastructure at TI, added, "This solution will help carriers to lower their deployment costs and further protect their network investments."

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