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Texas Instruments and Tata Elxsi Deliver 802.16e Demonstration System to Support Emerging Mobile WiMAX Infrastructure Market

Complete Signal Chain Solution Enables Quick Deployment of Advanced WiMAX Products

Jun 12, 2006

DALLAS (June 12, 2006) Texas Instruments Incorporated [NYSE: TXN] (TI) and Tata Elxsi announce their collaboration on an end-to-end base band demonstration system for IEEE 802.16e infrastructure products, enabling manufacturers to quickly roll out flexible base station solutions targeting the mobile WiMAX market. This new design combines both the hardware and software required for system implementation, including a fully integrated Media Access Controller (MAC), allowing customers to incorporate the complete solution into their own products. For more information, please visit www.ti.com/wimaxwi.
The 802.16e mobile WiMAX standard was approved late last year and most analysts expect certified products to be available in 2007. To meet this deadline and gain market traction, manufacturers will need to quickly develop products and work towards certification.
TI recently announced its own 802.16e infrastructure solution for wireless applications, including software, analog and RF products, to support the emerging mobile WiMAX industry. Providing a digital solution that integrates MAC capabilities completes the base station solution. This offering from TI will allow existing original equipment manufacturers (OEM) an easy path to migrate to mobility solutions for WiMAX, while providing new manufacturers a quick entry into the IEEE 802.16 market. The design will enable all physical layer processing required for a 10 MHz, TDD, multi-antenna base band solution with multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) transmission across a breadth of air interfaces. TI's robust portfolio of WiMAX products allows OEMs to offer a wide variety of products that can be matched to service providers' features requirements and deployment roadmaps.
"At TI, we understand manufacturers' needs for deploying products quickly to meet the demands of emerging markets, like mobile WiMAX," said Sandeep Kumar, worldwide strategic marketing manager with TI's Communications Infrastructure group. "This 802.16e system from TI and Tata Elxsi offers OEMs a sensible and cost-effective alternative for quickly developing infrastructure products while enabling them to customize their solutions to best meet service provider demand."
The system will incorporate Mercury Computer's MTI-203 Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) for WiMAX, anchored with three TI TMS320TCI6482 DSPs and a supporting compute node to create a WiMAX infrastructure base band solution. The MTI-203 AMC card can plug into Serial RapidIO based Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (TCA) carrier cards, as well as MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA chassis that support Serial RapidIO (PICMG 3.5) across the backplane. Advanced TCA systems, such as Mercury's leading edge Ensemble2 system, allow 'mix and match' across a variety of different processing nodes and architectures to enable a complete functional system.
The software components, available as a part of this demonstration system, will allow OEMs to select and optimize specific pieces of the design in their own implementation, reducing product development time and allowing them to customize the software and add their own intellectual property. This level of flexibility is important to manufacturers who want to differentiate their product offering from their competitors.
"We understand the challenges manufacturers face when developing products for emerging markets, and the difficulties of working with hardware and software components from a variety of vendors to work together in a optimized design," said Madhukar Dev, managing director and chief executive officer Tata Elxsi. "In order to jump start this market, TI and Tata Elxsi are working towards an aggressive business model with this system. We hope to make it very easy for interested OEMs to be able to use this hardware and software, and get to production faster."