Monday, June 22, 2009

TI Debuts Multicore Femtocell DSPs, Partners with Continuous Computing, mimoOn

Texas Instruments unveiled a new new family of multicore DSPs (digital signal processors) enabling residential and enterprise HSPA femtocells. The solutions include a portfolio of complementary analog solutions, support for Linux, and software solutions from third party developers (Continuous Computing and mimoOn).

TI's femtocell product family includes the TMS320TCI6485 with two high-performance 850MHz C64x+ DSP cores delivering 1.7 GHz of overall performance for residential femtocell applications, and the TMS320TCI6489 which includes three 850MHz C64x DSPs delivering 2.55 GHz of performance for enterprise or "super femto" applications.

TI's TCI6485 supports up to eight users while the TCI6489 supports up to 32 users. The entire product family is compatible with all major 2G/3G and 4G systems including GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, WiMAX and LTE.

The devices are expected to sample in 3Q09 and start production in 4Q09.

In addition, Texas Instruments is partnering with Continuous Computing (wireless protocol software) and mimoOn GmbH (software defined radio solutions) for HSPA and LTE femtocells for residential and enterprise deployments.

Specifically, Continuous Computing's Trillium software, and mimoOn's mi!Femto advanced femtocell software will be integrated onto TI's TMS320TCI6485 residential femtocell processor and TMS320TCI6489 enterprise femtocell processor in order to offer both single and multimode solutions for LTE, HSPA+, and HSPA.