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Freescale demos WiMAX development platform

Posted: 16 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale Semiconductor  Power Architecture technology  WiMAX  PowerQUICC  StarCore 

Freescale Semiconductor announced what it touts as the industry's most comprehensive development platform utilising Power Architecture technology for the creation of WiMAX base band applications.

Incorporating high performance PowerQUICC communication technology, StarCore digital signal processors and an FPGA, said Freescale, the WiMAX base band platform works together with Media Access Control (MAC) and PHY software to provide the performance and programmable processing required for production of WiMAX base station products.

According to In-Stat, the number of fixed WiMAX subscribers worldwide is projected to reach 1.6 crore by 2010, and the number of mobile WiMAX subscribers is expected to range from 1.5 crore to 2.5 crore. Designed to support both fixed and mobile stations, the WiMAX platform provides the essential hardware functionality required for a first generation WiMAX IEEE 802.16-2005 mobile base band platform in a single Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) form factor.

"The integration of key silicon content combined with Freescale software makes Freescale's new base band channel card offering a comprehensive and flexible WiMAX solution," said Flint Pulskamp, program manager for IDC. "As WiMAX grows into a mainstream technology, this type of platform solution can help take this standard to the next level of adoption among telecommunication infrastructure firms."

The design utilises a Gigahertz performance MPC8555E PowerQUICC III communication processor built on Power Architecture technology for MAC processing, two quad-core MSC8126 500Mz DSPs based on StarCore technology for Layer 1 PHY processing, and an FPGA for time domain processing. Freescale's QUICC Engine technology enables network termination, and the AMC platform supports a variety of interface technologies including the Gigabit, Serial I/O and Rapid IO interconnect standards.

Software shipped with the WiMAX platform includes CodeWarrior development tools and a SmartDSP-OS RTOS integrated with peripheral device drivers for Freescale's MSC8126 processor. Customers also can leverage enabling software kernels from Freescale for MAC and PHY processing. AMC card design details including schematics and gerber files are available upon request.

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