Altera is collaborating with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) on its Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architecture. The cloud-based C-RAN architecture aims to use cloud technology to centralize the baseband processing across a large-scale area. China Mobile is actively developing the C-RAN architecture in order to cost-effectively optimize its network based on various wireless standards including GSM (2G), TD-SCDMA (3G) and LTE (4G).
Altera announced that its FPGAs and intellectual property (IP) are being used as a development platform. Altera is also providing technical support to verify future wireless architectures used in the cellular network of China Mobile.
“A C-RAN architecture addresses many of the challenges that carriers like China Mobile must deal with in this mobile internet era,” said Scott Bibaud,senior vice president and general manager of Altera’s Communications and Broadcast Division.