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ZTE taps TI's KeyStone SoCs for small cell products

Posted: 01 Mar 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:small cell  software defined radio  SDR 

ZTE Corp. is developing small cell base station products based on the KeyStone multi-core SoCs from Texas Instruments Inc.

TI's KeyStone SoCs are programmable multi-core processors which enable ZTE to develop wireless base stations capable of concurrently supporting multiple 3G and 4G air interface standards.

"TI's KeyStone multi-core SoCs are designed with SDR in mind," said Wangqiang Wen, GU Product Manager, ZTE. "TI's KeyStone's bitrate co-processor (BCP) AccelerationPac currently process UMTS and LTE packets, allowing us to build a true simultaneous dual-mode small cell product. In addition, TI's software platform provides a great base line enabling us to focus on developing differentiating soft radio features."

To address wireless carriers' ever increasing demands for lowering their capital expenses, ZTE is actively developing software defined radio (SDR) base station solutions. Based on TI's KeyStone architecture, ZTE's small cell products will allow network operators to easily change their wireless service features including supporting different standards or different combinations of standards for concurrent dual-mode by simply changing software in the field. TI's KeyStone SoC architecture has established the balance between hardware acceleration of physical layer processing, firmware flexibility and software programmability for product differentiation.

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