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TI Teams With Design Company On WiMax

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Texas Instruments Inc. has announced a collaboration with India-based Tata Elxsi Ltd., the product design arm of the Tata Group, on an end-to-end baseband demonstration system for IEEE 802.16e infrastructure products.

Designed to speed time-to-market for mobile WiMax base station solutions, the system combines both the hardware and software required for system implementation, including a fully integrated Media Access Controller (MAC), allowing customers to incorporate the complete solution into their own products.

TI (Dallas) recently announced its own 802.16e infrastructure solution for wireless applications, including software, analog and RF products, to support the emerging mobile WiMAX industry. The design will enable all physical layer processing required for a 10 MHz, multi-antenna base band solution with multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) transmission across various interfaces.

The system will incorporate Mercury Computer's MTI-203 advanced mezzanine card for WiMAX, anchored with three TI TMS320TCI6482 DSPs and a supporting compute node to create a WiMAX infrastructure base band solution. The MTI-203 AMC card can plug into serial Rapid I/O based Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (TCA) carrier cards, as well as MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA chassis that support Serial RapidIO (PICMG 3.5) across the backplane.

The software components, available as a part of this demonstration system, will allow OEMs to select and optimize specific pieces of the design in their own implementation, reducing product development time and allowing them to customize the software and add their own IP.