NetLogic Microsystems Unveils Processors for 3G and 4G/LTE Base Stations

NetLogic Microsystems, a provider of semiconductor solutions for next-generation
Internet networks, announced the launch of the OP6100 family of digital
front-end (DFE) processors which delivers 65MHz of occupied bandwidth, 145MHz
of total bandwidth and 325MHz of pre-distortion bandwidth for 3G and 4G/LTE
base stations, remote radio heads (RRUs) and distributed antenna systems (DAS).

The new processors represent more than 220 percent increase in bandwidth over competing
available merchant DFE solutions, and at a fraction of the cost and power of
FPGA-based solutions.

In addition, the OP6100 DFE processor from NetLogic Microsystems supports multiple standards and multiple signals in the same wide bandwidth as well as full support over non-contiguous bands, and features NetLogic Microsystems’ Intelligent Self-Adaptive DFE technology.

“Leading service providers are seeking ultra-wideband and multi-standard,
common-platform base stations for their next-generation LTE rollouts,” said
Behrooz Abdi, executive vice president at NetLogic Microsystems. Our ability
to push the envelope to achieve 65MHz occupied bandwidth and 145MHz of total
bandwidth gives us tremendous competitive advantages in addressing these
next-generation base station opportunities.

The exponential growth in mobile data traffic in the next decade, coupled with
global spectrum scarcity, are forcing service providers and operators worldwide
to push the limits on capacity and throughput for their limited spectrum.

This is in turn driving a need for next-generation base stations that can support
dramatically wider bandwidth, significantly more signal channels and more
protocols (2G/3G/4G) in each band.

By delivering the industry’s widest signal bandwidth, NetLogic Microsystems’ OP6100 DFE
processor family enables the industry’s highest spectrum efficiency through the
simultaneous processing of multiple signal channels per band, as well as the
multi-protocol co-existence of 4G LTE, 3G and 2G standards.

This unique ability to support multiple signals and multiple protocols in a significantly
wider bandwidth spectrum, coupled with the unique ability to span over non-contiguous
bands, is enabling service providers to upgrade the performance and
functionality of existing base stations without the time and costs associated
with deploying new base stations or antennas.

Moreover, the OP6100 DFE processor family greatly improves the cost and power profiles of
next-generation base stations by eliminating the need for costly and very
power-hungry FPGA devices and conventional DFE solutions that are traditionally
used to implement DFE functionality.