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Texas Instruments, Azcom Technology and Nash Technologies announce availability of physical layer femtocell reference design supporting up to 32 users

Femto Forum-compliant platform aimed at accelerating development and deployment of customer products in growing femto market

Feb 15, 2010

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the availability of a 3GPP voice and data physical layer reference stack for UMTS femtocell products designed for Release 6 and 7 compliance.  The new platform is based on TI's System-on-a-Chip (SoC) solutions, and developed in collaboration with Azcom Technology, a leader in providing cellular communications software solutions, and Nash Technologies, a wireless communication system development and support company.  The scalability of TI's SoCs and PHY libraries, and Azcom's and Nash's femtocell physical layer software, along with services from system integration to field support, will allow equipment manufacturers to quickly develop picocell and femtocell products for the enterprise and residential markets.

"As the femto market expands and customers' requirements evolve, TI continues to invest in DSP and analog solutions, as well as PHY libraries, to support the infrastructure vendors deploying our solutions worldwide," said Dr. Arnon Friedmann, strategic and technical marketing manager, wireless base station infrastructure business, Texas Instruments. "With Azcom and Nash using our libraries as the foundation for their high performing PHY layer software, OEMs can benefit from more efficient processing with a standards-based proven set of code and platform extensibility, ultimately getting to market more quickly."  

The UMTS voice and data femto PHY addresses the need for a ready to use, fully featured and high capacity UMTS femto NodeB software stack, which is fully customizable and compatible with industry standards. It is designed to operate on TI's high-performance processors with an initial implementation on the TMS320TCI648x series of wireless base station infrastructure devices. The Femto PHY Processing Layer provides highly performing receive and transmit functionalities. The proprietary rake receiver gains advantage from hardware acceleration offered by TI, providing best-in-class channel processing capacity.

Key features and benefits:

  • Up to 32 AMR calls
  • Up to 16 HSxPA served users
  • One cell, one carrier
  • 3GPP Release 6 and 7
  • RX diversity
  • Support for any combination of simultaneous bearers
  • Fully compliant to Femto Forum API


About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries.  For more information, go to www.ti.com.

About Azcom Technology

Azcom Technology provides a wide range of services and expertise on the LTE, UMTS, TD-SCDMA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE cellular systems. Azcom has very strong experience in baseband software development, RF system design, testing and integration. These competences are highly complemented by our design service which provides hardware development together with related software stack, from low level firmware up to application layers. For more information, go to www.azcom.it.

About Nash Technologies

Nash Technologies' services encompass the development, optimization, support and testing of wireless communication systems such as GSM, UMTS and LTE, as well as software development and testing. Nash offers a unique combination of onsite/offshore research and development services – in Europe and Vietnam – and is thus ideally positioned to provide international clients with services of the highest quality at very competitive prices.  For more information, go to www.nashtech.com.


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