TI, Tata Elxsi Collaborate On 802.16e System

by CXOtoday Staff    Jun 14, 2006

Texas Instruments Incorporated and Tata Elxsi have announced collaborations on end-to-end base band demonstration system for IEEE 802.16e infrastructure products, thus enabling manufacturers to roll out base station solutions for targeting the mobile WiMAX market.

This design would combine hardware and software required for system implementation, including Media Access Controllers (MAC), allowing customers to incorporate WiMax solution in their products.

The 802.16e mobile WiMAX standard was approved late last year by the IEEE task group for mobile wireless MAN, and analysts are expected to certify products that would be available in 2007.

To meet this deadline and gain market traction, manufacturers need to develop products and work towards certifications. TI has recently announced an 802.16e infrastructure solution for wireless applications for signal chain solutions, including software, analog and RF products that support mobile WiMAX industries. Providing a digital solution would integrate MAC capabilities in turn completing the base station solution.

According to the duo, this offering from TI and TEL would allow existing original equipment manufacturers (OEM) a path to migrate to mobility solutions for WiMAX, thereby providing new manufacturers a quick entry into the IEEE 802.16 market.

The design would enable physical layer processing required for 10 MHz, TDD, multi-antenna base band solution with multiple input/ multiple output (MIMO) transmission across a breadth of air interfaces. TI’s portfolio of WiMAX products would allow OEMs to offer products that can be matched to specific service providers’ features requirements and deployment roadmaps.

The system would incorporate Mercury Computer’s MTI-203 Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) for WiMAX, anchored with three TI TMS320TCI6482 DSPs and supporting compute nodes for creating a WiMAX infrastructure base band solution.

The MTI-203 AMC card can plug into Serial RapidIO based Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (TCA) carrier cards, as well as MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA chassis to support Serial RapidIO (PICMG 3.5) across the backplane.

Advanced TCA systems, such as Mercury’s leading edge Ensemble2 system, would allow ‘mix and match’ across different processing nodes and architectures to enable a complete functional system.

The system incorporates a Tata Elxsi 802.16e MAC Software IP. It also brings with it product design, integration and customization experience.