Freescale unveils product in QorIQ Qonverge wireless base station processor portfolio


Freescale Semiconductor announced the first base
station-on-chip” product built on its QorIQ Qonverge multimode platform.


The new QorIQ Qonverge PSC9132 system-on-chip (SoC) for
picocell and PSC9130/31 SoCs for femtocell base stations share a single,
scalable architecture that simultaneously supports multiple air interfaces,
providing operators and OEMs future-proof”, integrated heterogeneous solutions
that help minimize power consumption, cost and design time.


The QorIQ Qonverge portfolio offers a scalable line of
processors built on the same architecture that spans from small- to large-cell
base stations. The platform allows OEMs to reuse software regardless of cell


Customers can leverage common hardware, software
architecture and tools to minimize capital expenditure and benefit from a
comprehensive solution that helps speed time to market.


Freescale’s first available QorIQ Qonverge processors are
the PSC9130/31 femtocell SoCs (for eight to 16 simultaneous users) and PSC9132
picocell/enterprise SoC devices (for up to 100 simultaneous users).


The processors support a range of air interfaces,
including LTE (FDD/TDD), WCDMA (HSPA+), WiMAX, UMTS and CDMA. The devices also
incorporate glueless RFIC communication and antennae interfaces, eliminating
the need for additional chips (such as FPGAs) and ultimately reducing board
space and cost. The ultra-integrated PSC913x family also provides support for
GPS synchronization and 2G/3G sniffing in a single device.


Availability of the first QorIQ Qonverge products is a
milestone for the wireless industry, which is in dire need of innovative new
solutions to address challenging power requirements and exploding demand for
additional bandwidth,” said Scott Aylor, director and general manager of
Freescale’s Wireless Access Division.


Freescale’s QorIQ Qonverge portfolio offers
unprecedented scalability and software compatibility, giving customers
flexibility, reduced cost and design-time savings as they move up to larger
capacity systems,” Aylor added.


leveraged its tremendous R&D scale, deep knowledge of the wireless market
and extensive IP portfolio to develop the new SoCs. Built on market-tested
Power Architecture cores, programmable StarCore digital signal processor (DSP)
technology and powerful baseband hardware acceleration engines already deployed
in multiple LTE macrocell base stations around the world, the QorIQ Qonverge
processors exemplify Freescale’s signature intelligent integration


Leveraging StarCore SC3850 DSP and Power Architecture
e500 MPU cores, the new QorIQ Qonverge SoCs are distinguished by offloading
Layer 2 processing and above to MPU cores instead of DSP cores, delivering
significant efficiency advantages.


Recently, Freescale Semiconductor and the Bosch Group‘s
Automotive Electronics division announced the creation
of an automotive airbag reference platform for the growing automotive safety
segment in emerging markets such as India and China.


The new airbag reference platform is based on chipsets
from Freescale’s Qorivva 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) family and Bosch’s Airbag
ASSP family and works with sensors from both companies.


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