Tuesday, February 21, 2006

picoChip and Wintegra Offer 802.16e Development Platform

picoChip and Wintegra introduced a development platform for mobile WiMAX that integrates picoChip's PC102 picoArray multi-core digital signal processor (DSP) running its IEEE 802.16e PHY with the Wintegra WinMax access processor programmed with 16e MAC software for transport and backhaul functionality.

In addition to providing 802.16e functionality, the development platform offers support for Advanced Antenna Systems (AAS) and Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO), which is enabled by means of an optional software upgrade from ArrayComm.

WinMax features a programmable datapath that offers the ability to support multiple MAC entities on the same device. This allows simultaneous support for multiple sectors and thus simplifies Full Mobility Handover and reduces the latency as required by operators. The multiple MAC support also provides an important advantage in its ability to scale the access capability, allowing the support of both 16d and 16e on same platform.



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