September 14, 2009
Freescale Semiconductors Powers Unified Common Platforms for Wireless Base Stations
By Divya Narain, TMCnet Contributor
Freescale Semiconductors, an Austin, Texas-based provider of embedded semiconductors, Freescale Semiconductors has reportedly announced that its technology has been instrumental in the development of unified common platforms for wireless base stations. These platforms are programmable solutions that allow carriers to conveniently upgrade to advanced standards such as LTE (News - Alert) or WiMAX.
Carriers across the world are looking for infrastructure that ensures not only maximum equipment re-use and a transition to advanced wireless standards. Base station equipment manufacturers are leveraging unified common platforms to fulfill these requirements of carriers. This also means a host of opportunities for semiconductor providers such as Freescale Semiconductor (News - Alert). Recently Alcatel-Lucent chose Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 processor and MSC8156 DSP as the foundation for a platform targeting highly flexible wireless base stations.
To meet carriers’ demand for sophisticated unified common platforms, worldwide base station OEMs are turning to Freescale Semiconductor and its broad portfolio.
"Alcatel-Lucent’s (News - Alert) Converged Radio Access Network solution provides mobile operators with wireless technology that will enable them to meet their needs today and offer a smooth evolution path toward LTE to address tomorrow’s market challenges,” said Mike Iandolo, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Product Division, in a statement. “Freescale's multicore processors help us ensure that Alcatel-Lucent solutions feature the advanced processing intelligence that will enable our customers to satisfy their subscribers’ expectations today and tomorrow.”
“As advanced wireless standards draw closer to mainstream adoption, Freescale is focused on providing the world’s top OEMs with the flexibility, performance and systems knowledge they need for success in today’s highly competitive environment,” said Lisa Su, general manager and senior vice president of Freescale’s Networking and Multimedia Group, in a statement. “This design win continues our track record of working closely with Alcatel-Lucent to advance the state of wireless technology worldwide.”
Boasting an extensive portfolio of industry-leading multicore processors and DSPs, specializes in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets.
Divya Narain is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Divya’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Amy Tierney