Stratix GX Devices and Nios Processor Deliver High-Performance Integrated Solution for Next-Generation Mobile Communications Infrastructure
San Jose, Calif., January 26, 2005—Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced that Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader of mobile communications products, has selected Stratix® GX FPGAs and the Nios® embedded processor to deliver critical performance-intensive functions for its next-generation 3.5G network base transceiver station (BTS). This BTS will support high-speed data packet access (HSDPA), which provides significantly higher data transfer rates than were previously possible, enabling wireless network operators to deliver new and exciting data services to their customers. To support this level of performance, Panasonic required a combination of integrated high-speed transceivers and microprocessor functionality that could only be met with Altera’s Stratix GX device and Nios embedded processor.
“Altera provided us with a solution that addressed our needs from a system-level perspective,” said Masakazu Shobu, general manager of Panasonic’s Node-B Development Group. “First, Stratix GX devices met our performance requirements, due to their powerful digital signal processing (DSP) blocks and memory architecture. Also, the maturity and excellent development tools for the Nios processor convinced us that it was ideal for handling the call control and bus control functions in our BTS baseband system. By enabling us to combine the transceiver and processor capability into a single device, Altera delivered us a solution that met our aggressive cost target, and allowed us to meet a very ambitious product development schedule.”
With the growing demand for data services and mobile multimedia such as digital images, movies, and video conferencing, there is a corresponding need for higher data transmission rates to support such services. The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a collaborative project for global standardization of third-generation mobile communication systems, has specified HSDPA technology to address this need. HSDPA is a significant enhancement to wideband code-division multiple access (W-CDMA) and can achieve speeds of up to 14.4Mbps. As the leading 3G vendor in the world, Panasonic has one of the largest market shares in Japan’s 3G/W-CDMA market, and is working hard to bring HSDPA technology to that country.
“Leading mobile communications developers like Panasonic require mature, reliable solutions to build the next-generation wireless network infrastructure,” said Arun Iyengar, senior director of Altera’s wireless business unit. “Altera offers a complete portfolio of solutions that enable the development of HSDPA-based base stations for 3.5G networks. Panasonic’s choice of the Altera solution proves that the combination of Stratix GX FPGAs and the Nios processor is ideal for delivering the high-speed transceiver and advanced control functionality that the 3.5G BTS requires.”
For more information on Altera’s solutions for 3G radio access and core networks, please visit: www.altera.com/solutions/comm/wireless/overview/wir-index.html. For more information about Stratix GX Devices, please visit: www.altera.com/products/devices/stratixgx/sgx-index.jsp. For more information about the Nios embedded processors, visit: www.altera.com/products/ip/processors/ipm-index.jsp. About Panasonic Mobile Communications
Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), based in Yokohama, Japan, is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of mobile communications products. As one of the main business domains for Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand digital electronics, Panasonic has been developing cutting edge technologies since its establishment in 1958, including the world's first 3G video handset for the Japanese market in 2001. Panasonic is committed in providing added-value solutions to end-users through its mobile communication products. For more information, please visit www.panasonic.co.jp/pmc/en/index.html
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world’s pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at www.altera.com