Power Consumption of CPRI-based Designs Reduced by up to 80%, With exceptionally High Signal Integrity Compared to FPGA Implementations
Santa Clara, CA, November 9, 2010 — eASIC Corporation, a supplier of NEW ASICs and Radiocomp, a leading provider of modular RF systems and components for mobile and wireless infrastructure networks, today announced the immediate availability of a low power Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) v4.1 solution for Radio Equipment Controller (REC) equipment. Using the low power transceivers on eASIC Nextreme-2T NEW ASICs, and the industry proven CPRI v4.1 REC IP core from Radiocomp, the solution consumes only 190 mW per channel at 6.144 Gbps. The combination of CPRI v4.1 IP and eASIC Nextreme-2T NEW ASICs enables base-station baseband module suppliers to accelerate cost reductions of FPGA-based designs and at the same time decrease power consumption by up to 80%.
CPRI is the most widely deployed interface between baseband and radio sections of a wireless base station and has traditionally been implemented using expensive and high power consumption FPGAs. The availability of the eASIC CPRI REC solution allows FPGA designers to engage in cost and power reduction efforts much sooner, and at a fraction of the development cost for cell-based ASICs.
“We are delighted that eASIC has selected our CPRI v4.1 REC IP technology to expand its wireless portfolio. Our implementation of the core onto Nextreme-2T shows exceptionally high signal integrity when compared to some FPGA-based solutions. We believe that this will enable base station vendors to quickly design Nextreme-2T-based CPRI REC solutions at a lower system cost and with reduced power consumption, much faster than before,” said Christian Lanzani, Senior Product Manager in Radiocomp ApS.
“We are seeing very little innovation from FPGA vendors to help customers reduce cost and power in base station designs,” commented Jasbinder Bhoot, eASIC Vice President Worldwide Marketing. “The inclusion of the CPRI REC IP to our silicon proven serdes capability means that at last radio base station designers can have a lower cost and lower power alternative to FPGAs. In addition, the signal integrity of the eASIC solution also demonstrates that eASIC’s Nextreme-2T transceiver is fully compliant with all CPRI V4.1 specifications.” added Bhoot.
The Radiocomp CPRI v4.1 core has already been verified in both FPGAs and eASIC devices and features:
- Built-in support for CPRI v4.1 REC and backwards compatible mapping methods
- Programmable Line rates up to 6.144 Gbps.
- Up to 32 antenna carriers per IP core
- Integrated HDLC and 10/100 Ethernet MAC controllers or external MII interface
- Portable HDL code for easy migration from FPGAs to eASIC
About eASIC Corporation
eASIC is a fabless semiconductor company offering breakthrough NEW ASIC devices aimed at dramatically reducing the overall cost and time-to-production of customized semiconductor devices. Low-cost, high-performance and fast-turn ASIC and System-on-Chip designs are enabled through patented technology utilizing Via-layer customizable routing. This innovative fabric allows eASIC to offer a new generation of ASICs with significantly lower up-front costs than traditional ASICs.
Privately held eASIC Corporation is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Investors include Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB), Crescendo Ventures, Advanced Equities Incorporated and Evergreen Partners. For more information on eASIC please visit www.eASIC.com
Radiocomp (acquired by MTI Group in Oct. 2010) is a global pioneer in the development and manufacture of state-of-the-art, fully software-configurable and remotely tunable radio head products and radio components. The company is a leading provider of modular RF systems and components for existing and next generation mobile infrastructure networks. Radiocomp offers expertise in research and development as well as in the application of RRH to WiMax/3GPP LTE mobile technologies for the development of custom design solutions. Following the acquisition by MTI Group – which is already internationally recognized as a global leader in RF and microwave products – the two companies have combined hardware and software R&D capabilities, facilitating a business expansion into the 4G market. For more information please visit www.radiocomp.com and www.mti.com.tw.