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4G base-station on a chip runs Linux

Feb 17, 2011, 20:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"Freescale Semiconductor announced a Linux-ready system-on-chip family for femtocell and picocell 4G base stations. The QorIQ Qonverge SoCs combine a Power-PC core for the PSC9130/31 femtocell version -- or dual cores for the PSC9132 picocell model -- as well as one or two Freescale StarCore DSP cores, a Maple baseband accelerator, and other accelerators that create a scalable "base station-on-chip."

"QorIQ Qonverge is billed as the "first scalable family of products sharing the same architecture to address multi-standard requirements spanning from small to large cells."

"By integrating communications processing, digital signal processing, and wireless acceleration technologies on a single SoC, QorIQ Qonverge avoids the cost and complexity of integrating separate FPGAs, ASICs, DSPs, and CPUs on a single device, while also reducing power consumption and footprint, says the company."

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