ZTE selects TI's KeyStone multicore SoCs to support small cell base stations

February 26, 2013 // By Paul Buckley
ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has selected the KeyStone multicore System-on-Chips (SoCs) from Texas Instruments Incorporated for the company's small cell base station products.

TI's KeyStone SoCs are programmable multicore processors which enable ZTE to develop wireless base stations capable of concurrently supporting multiple 3G and 4G air interface standards.

"TI's KeyStone multicore SoCs are designed with SDR in mind," said Wangqiang Wen, GU Product Manager, ZTE. "TI's KeyStone's bitrate co-processor (BCP) AccelerationPac currently process UMTS and LTE packets, allowing us to build a true simultaneous dual-mode small cell product. In addition, TI's software platform provides a great base line enabling us to focus on developing differentiating soft radio features."

To address wireless carriers' ever increasing demands for lowering their capital expenses, ZTE is actively developing software defined radio (SDR) base station solutions. Based on TI's KeyStone architecture, ZTE's small cell products will allow network operators to easily change their wireless service features including supporting different standards or different combinations of standards for concurrent dual-mode by simply changing software in the field. TI's KeyStone SoC architecture has established the  balance between hardware acceleration of physical layer processing, firmware flexibility and software programmability for product differentiation.

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