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Texas Instruments announces a 4G software PHY for Keystone SoCs

Offers an off-the-shelf base station
Mon Feb 25 2013, 15:40

CHIPMAKER Texas Instruments has announced two software packages for its Keystone system on chip (SoC) that help the chip power small cell base stations.

Texas Instruments might be a bit-part player in the mobile SoC game when it comes to smartphones and tablets, however the firm's Keystone SoCs are more successful in the network infrastructure market. The firm announced two software packges for its Keystone SoC, including one small cell PHY package and a network transport package.

Texas Instruments said its software PHY package gives base station designers a quick and easy way to create small cells that support 4G LTE and WCDMA protocols. The firm's transport package is intended for wireless and broadband network applications such as routing and switching.

Texas Instruments touts its Keystone chips alongside the firm's Base Station Softwarepac packages to base station designers as relatively quick and easy ways to design products. The firm said that its PHY software package is compliant with the Femto Application Platform Interface industry standard and that base station designers can differentiate their products by applying their own algorithms to run on its hardware.

Texas Instruments said its transport software pack is available now but that its PHY package will be released in the first half of 2013. µ


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