NetLogic Microsystems' OP6100 family of Digital Front End (DFE) processors delivers 65MHz of occupied bandwidth, 145MHz of total bandwidth and 325MHz of pre-distortion bandwidth
Santa Clara, Calif. – April 18, 2011 – NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. [NASDAQ: NETL], a worldwide leader in high-performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next-generation Internet networks, today announced the availability of the OP6100 family of digital front-end (DFE) processors which delivers 65MHz of occupied bandwidth, 145MHz of total bandwidth and 325MHz of pre-distortion bandwidth for next-generation 3G and 4G/LTE base stations, remote radio heads (RRUs) and distributed antenna systems (DAS). This dramatic breakthrough represents over 220% increase in bandwidth over competing available merchant DFE solutions, and at a fraction of the cost and power of FPGA-based solutions. In addition, the innovative OP6100 DFE processor family supports multiple standards and multiple signals in the same wide bandwidth as well as full support over non-contiguous bands, and features NetLogic Microsystems’ Intelligent Self-Adaptive DFE™ technology.
The exponential growth in mobile data traffic in the next decade, coupled with global spectrum scarcity, are forcing service providers and operators worldwide to push the limits on capacity and throughput for their limited spectrum. This is in turn driving a need for next-generation base stations that can support dramatically wider bandwidth, significantly more signal channels and more protocols (2G/3G/4G) in each band.
By delivering the industry’s widest signal bandwidth, NetLogic Microsystems’ OP6100 DFE processor family enables the industry’s highest spectrum efficiency through the simultaneous processing of multiple signal channels per band, as well as the multi-protocol co-existence of 4G LTE, 3G and 2G standards. This unique ability to support multiple signals and multiple protocols in a significantly wider bandwidth spectrum, coupled with the unique ability to span over non-contiguous bands, is enabling service providers to upgrade the performance and functionality of existing base stations without the time and costs associated with deploying new base stations or antennas. Moreover, the OP6100 DFE processor family greatly improves the cost and power profiles of next-generation base stations by eliminating the need for costly and very power-hungry FPGA devices and conventional DFE solutions that are traditionally used to implement DFE functionality.
“Leading service providers are seeking ultra-wideband and multi-standard, common-platform base stations for their next-generation LTE rollouts,” said Behrooz Abdi, executive vice president at NetLogic Microsystems. “Our ability to push the envelope to achieve 65MHz occupied bandwidth and 145MHz of total bandwidth gives us tremendous competitive advantages in addressing these next-generation base station opportunities.”
NetLogic Microsystems’ unique Intelligent Self-Adaptive DFE technology that is integrated in the OP6100 DFE processor family enables the base station to calibrate in real-time to real-world environments and variations, thereby accelerating and enhancing the manageability of LTE developments for Tier One original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). In addition, this technology makes the OP6100 DFE processor family agnostic to power amplifier architectures and technologies, and supports the broadest range of Doherty, Asymmetric Doherty and Envelope-Tracking power amplifiers in LDMOS, GaN and GaAs technologies. This enables unprecedented scalability in DFE processing for OEMs across multiple platforms and base station form factors. Moreover, the best-in-class OP6100 DFE processor family from NetLogic Microsystems delivers up to 80% better transmit power efficiency over competing solutions, which enables OEMs to achieve higher data rates at much lower transmit power levels.
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About NetLogic Microsystems
NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETL) is a worldwide leader in high-performance intelligent semiconductor solutions that are powering next-generation Internet networks. NetLogic Microsystems’ best-in-class products perform highly differentiated tasks of accelerating complex network traffic to significantly enhance the performance and functionality of advanced 3G/4G mobile wireless infrastructure, data center, enterprise, metro Ethernet, edge and core infrastructure networks. NetLogic Microsystems’ market-leading product portfolio includes high-performance multi-core processors, knowledge-based processors, content processors, network search engines, ultra low-power embedded processors and high-speed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet PHY solutions. These products are designed into high-performance systems such as switches, routers, wireless base stations, security appliances, networked storage appliances, service gateways and connected media devices offered by leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). NetLogic Microsystems is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has offices and design centers throughout North America, Asia and Europe. For more information about products offered by NetLogic Microsystems, call +1-408-454-3000 or visit the NetLogic Microsystems Web site at http://www.netlogicmicro.com.