CHICAGO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA), a
global leader in WiMAX-compliant broadband wireless technology, today
announced a new Fujitsu mobile WiMAX base station SoC, a highly integrated,
flexible device built using the leading-edge Fujitsu 65nm process technology.
Designed to meet the cost requirements of a femto base station
architecture, the scalable WiMAX SoC can support pico and micro base station
architectures, enabling system manufacturers to implement a single solution
across multiple, small base-station platforms.
The new SoC incorporates all the PHY and MAC features along with the
analog and digital radio control, and analog circuits required for base
station products to pass Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 certification requirements. An
on-chip processing unit delivers the power needed to handle all functions of a
femto base station. For larger base station applications, an additional
processor can be connected by means of a PCI host interface to handle larger
demands for more throughput and a bigger user base.
The SoC also provides a full range of commonly used interfaces. The
power requirements are approximately 2W, typically enabling a full femto base
station to operate on less than 10W.
"There is growing demand for small base-station platforms that have
significantly lower capital and operating costs compared with macro base
stations," said George Wu, director of the Fujitsu Wireless Solutions Business
Group. "The use of many smaller base stations can provide coverage and
increase capacity, while reducing user churn because of disappointing
performance. Our new mobile WiMAX base station SoC is designed with the
flexibility to meet those requirements, with all the features and performance
to assure system certification."
"The femtocell value proposition is fairly straightforward: all the
benefits of WiFi-based FMC without the need to force users into choosing from
a limited supply of dual-mode devices," said Peter Jarich, research director
with Current Analysis. "From a commercial perspective, however, the promise
of low-cost home base stations that end-users and operators can afford has
transformed the WiMAX femtocell from an abstract concept into a business model
that operators are actively investigating and planning for."
The Fujitsu femto solution supports up to 10 users with seven
simultaneous flows, each with enhanced support for self-organizing networks
and on-chip IPSec support for non-secure, back-haul traffic applications. The
new SoC can be designed into femto base stations for indoor applications; into
pico stations for indoor or outdoor applications by service providers or
enterprise networks; and into micro base stations for outdoor use by service
To help meet the cost target anticipated for consumer-grade femto
devices, Fujitsu has developed a femto base station reference design kit that
includes all required software and hardware for ODMs or contract manufacturers
to build a cost-effective system solution.
The new SoC continues Fujitsu's leadership in WiMAX technology, which
began in April 2005 with the release of the MB87M3400, a highly integrated
WiMAX system-on-chip that complies with the 802.16-2004 standard.
About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in
innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and
services for the wireless, networking, consumer, automotive, and other markets
throughout North and South America. As a founding member and current board
member of the WiMAX Forum(TM), Fujitsu supports the standards development and
compliance programs that are essential to successful Broadband Wireless
deployment. Fujitsu provides performance-driven WiMAX solutions by leveraging
the company's experience and expertise in the networking and communications
markets. Fujitsu offers flexible WiMAX SoC and reference designs for
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