|[February 27, 2012]
Mindspeed and ASTRI Demonstrate First Commercial-Grade TD-LTE Small Cell Reference Design at Mobile World Congress 2012
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. & HONG KONG --(Business Wire)--
Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD) and Hong
Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI (News - Alert))
announced today that the companies will demonstrate the industry's first
commercial-grade, production-ready time division long-term evolution
(TD-LTE (News - Alert)) small cell reference design at Mobile
World Congress 2012 in booth 1E.57 at the Fira Montjuïc in
Barcelona, Spain, from Feb. 27 to March 1, 2012.
Picochip Ltd., which Mindspeed recently acquired, and ASTRI began their
close collaboration on the LTE femtocell reference design in the middle
of 2008, supporting both LTE frequency division duplexing (FDD) and
TD-LTE. The two companies demonstrated the world's first TD-LTE
femtocell prototype at Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) 2009, and have been working
on a combined design supporting both LTE FDD and TD-LTE over the last
Mindspeed is the only small cell System-on-Chip (SoC) supplier to have
demonstrated solutions for both TD-LTE and LTE FDD. The company also
supports dual-mode concurrent operation with 3G high-speed packet access
(HSPA+) and including time division synchronous code division multiple
access (TD-SCDMA). Although TD-LTE had low visibility and demand just
two or three years ago, industry analyst firm Informa (News - Alert) has projected that
40 percent of LTE users will be served by the technology by 2015. While
the TD-LTE and LTE FDD are substantially similar, the key difference is
that LTE FDD uses paired spectrum, with one band for the uplink and a
second for the downlink. TD-LTE, instead, uses unpaired sectrum,
carrying uplink and downlink traffic on the same frequency by switching
between the two.
"Unlike reference designs that use 'example code' or 'demo-ware,' this
is a fully tested, verified and deployable carrier-class TD-LTE baseband
system," said Dr. Naser Adas, vice president and general manager,
wireless and customer premises equipment (CPE), at Mindspeed. "As the
leading supplier of SoCs to the small cell industry, we've won more 3G
and 4G customer designs than any other supplier. Mindspeed has extensive
experience deploying high volume systems that rely on the quality and
robustness of our PHY code - including delivering our 3G software across
more than one million units in the field to-date. We appreciate the
professionalism and skills of the ASTRI team in working with us to get
this carrier-class product developed, tested and released."
"We have been working closely with the company on this product since
2008," added Dr. Cheung Nim-Kwan, chief executive officer of ASTRI.
"This has been a very productive collaboration and we are delighted that
Mindspeed has been able to make the LTE small cell system generally
available to its customers. TD-LTE is important not just to the Chinese
market, but globally, and we look forward to working together on future
Mobile World Congress 2012
Demonstrations will be hosted in Mindspeed's booth (1E.57) at Mobile
World Congress 2012, where the TD-LTE small cell communicates with a
commercial TD-LTE dongle for simultaneous uplink/downlink high data rate
applications. The USB modem was jointly designed by ASTRI and Innofidei,
a leading integrated circuit (IC) design company in China, and had been
recently used in a large scale TD-LTE trial conducted across six cities
About Mindspeed Technologies (News - Alert)
Mindspeed Technologies (NASDAQ: MSPD) is a leading provider of network
infrastructure semiconductor solutions to the communications industry.
The company's low-power system-on-chip (SoC) products are helping to
drive video, voice and data applications in worldwide fiber-optic
networks and enable advanced processing for 3G and long-term evolution
(LTE) mobile networks. The company's high-performance analog products
are used in a variety of optical, enterprise, industrial and video
transport systems. Mindspeed's products are sold to original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe.
To learn more, please visit www.mindspeed.com.
Company news and updates are also posted at www.twitter.com/mindspeed.
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was
founded by the HKSAR Government in 2000 with the mission to enhance the
technological competitiveness of Hong Kong through applied research.
In 2006, ASTRI was designated the Hong Kong Research and Development
Centre for Information and Communications Technologies by the Innovation
and Technology Commission. Its R&D efforts traverse five major areas:
Communications Technologies, Enterprise & Consumer Electronics, IC
Design, Material & Packaging and Bio-medical Electronics. An Exploratory
Research Laboratory was also established to perform research on emerging
and interdisciplinary technologies.
Since inception, ASTRI has produced many world-class technologies. It
has also nurtured teams of excellent researchers, produced a volume of
intellectual properties and created real economic impact by transferring
technologies to its clients in Hong Kong, the Mainland and the region.
For more information, please visit www.astri.org.
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