Maxim Integrated partners Freescale to showcase a comprehensive outdoor LTE/3G picocell base station

February 20, 2013 // By Paul Buckley
Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. has collaborated with Freescale Semiconductor to showcase a comprehensive LTE/3G picocell base station at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The innovative small cell base station platform design is field deployable by mobile operators and also serves as a production-ready reference design to accelerate time to market for equipment manufacturers.

Ideal for outdoor public access or enterprise small cell applications, the LTE/3G picocell brings together a Freescale BSC9132 base station SoC card, a Maxim MAX2580 RF transceiver card, RF power amplifiers, and network management cards - all in a passively cooled enclosure and weighing in at 6.8 kg.

The BSC9132 features two Power Architecture e500 cores and two StarCore DSP cores, along with Freescale’s high-performance MAPLE-B2P baseband accelerator platform. The MAX2580 is an RF to Bits, high-dynamic-performance LTE/3G radio transceiver. The BSC9132 and MAX2580 work seamlessly to deliver a complete multi-band, multi-standard small cell solution.  

The MAX2580 operates in all LTE bands from Band 1 to Band 41 with selectable channel bandwidths from 1.4 MHz to 20 MHz; supports FDD-LTE, TD-LTE, and WCDMA modes; JESD207 data interface provides a seamless radio interconnect between the MAX2580 and BSC9132.

The BSC9132 supports multimode operation that enables it to process LTE-FDD/TDD and HSPA+ users simultaneously. It is engineered to address the performance and cost requirements of up to 20MHz single sector LTE-FDD/TDD. The BSC9132 can process 64 simultaneous users and handles 150 Mbps downlink with 75 Mbps uplink rates in 20 MHz LTE-FDD/TDD mode, and 42 Mbps downlink with 11.5 Mbps uplink rates in 5 MHz HSPA+ mode.

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