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NXP claims world's 'fastest' cellular soft modem

Posted: 18 Jun 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cellular soft modem  data transfer rates  broadband connectivity  LTE 

NXP Semiconductors claims to have developed the world's fastest high-bandwidth cellular soft modem— the Nexperia Cellular System Solution PNX6910. Powered by NXP's embedded vector processor (EVP) DSP core, the PNX6910 can achieve data transfer rates of 150Mbits downlink and 50Mbits uplink, and support multi-mode LTE, HSPA, UMTS, Edge, GPRS and GSM capability.

Consumers will benefit from an enhanced user experience as next-generation mobile devices deliver ultrafast Internet browsing, streaming video services, multiplayer gaming and full length HD films. The PNX6910 is capable of downloading an entire HD movie in less than 7mins—over 20x faster than today's HSPA Cat 8 devices at 7.2Mbps. The PNX6910 is also optimised for a wide range of consumer electronics beyond mobile phones, bringing broadband connectivity to digital still and video cameras, next-generation laptops, Internet tablets and ultramobile PCs.

"Multimedia content sharing and Web 2.0 services will be the drivers for next-generation handsets and a new breed of connected consumer electronics," said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior VP and general manager of cellular business at NXP. "The PNX6910 will provide consumers with the data services and experiences they are used to from the Internet, while they are on-the-go."

NXP has selected the first implementation of a multi-mode base band processor to address the LTE market, which is expected to gain rapid acceptance due to its wide support in the mobile industry and the ubiquity of GSM standards worldwide. "The PNX6910 will enable OEMs to develop their next-generation products quickly during the critical ramp-up phase of the technology, enabling faster time-to-market and better performance," said Rabinovitsj.

The PNX6910 will allow cellular phone and CE manufacturers to participate in the LTE market from the very start, with a reference design that can connect a wide variety of handheld products via cellular services to the Internet. The soft modem approach reduces chip design effort by 1.5 to 2 years due to parallel design phases. This approach incorporates multi-mode functionality on a single RF chip and a single base band chip, which will help device manufacturers deliver ultra-small form-factors capable of very high speeds. Meanwhile, power efficiency is assured through the use of advanced system architectures and process technologies beating the historical power curve prediction.

LTE represents the exciting future of next-generation broadband mobility for consumers, building on the success story of GSM—widely deployed all over the world. The PNX6910's software programmable vector processor enables multi-mode capability and supports the entire GSM family of standards, including LTE TDD for China, which paves the way for truly global roaming.

The PNX6910 will be available to early access customers in Q2 09.

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