Aricent and Mindspeed Raise the Bar – Announce Launch of a High-Performing 20MHz Small Cell Reference Solution
Aricent and Mindspeed Introduce an Integrated eNodeB Solution on the Transcede T3300 Baseband Processor Supporting 20 MHz LTE FDD and Throughputs of up to 150 Mbps
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ & MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona – February 25, 2013 –The Aricent Group, a global innovation and technology services company, and Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD), one of the leaders in small cell technology, today announced the launch of a next generation, high-performing metrocell reference design, supporting 20MHz LTE FDD and throughputs of up to 150Mbps. The companies have taken their existing relationship one step further by integrating Aricent’s world class software stacks and Mindspeed®’s PHY software with the Transcede® T3300 baseband processor, especially designed for high performing small cell solutions.
"Operators are now demanding more from their small cells to effectively cater to the ever increasing bandwidth demand from their consumers," said Pratyush Dasgupta, vice president and head of wireless practice, at Aricent. "With more than 50 LTE engagements, we have extensive experience and expertise in the LTE domain and are pleased to partner with Mindspeed to develop this high performance LTE small cell solution."
“Small cells are becoming a critical part of the network,” said Dr. Naser Adas, senior vice president and general manger of the wireless business unit of Mindspeed. “We are leading the small cell industry with the broadest, future-proof portfolio of SoCs for small cells and a 63% share of the market according to Infonetics Research. We are proud to be working with Aricent to demonstrate a 20MHz small cell reference solution.”
Aricent continually invests in LTE, in areas like VoLTE, SON and LTE-A. Aricent software finds presence in LTE devices commercially deployed by operators in some of the most demanding markets across the world.
Mindspeed’s small cell SoC portfolio enjoys a leadership position in the industry, in both commercial and technological terms. Mindspeed has 34 LTE small cell design engagements and is one of the first small cell SoC companies to have LTE systems commercially deployed. Recently, Mindspeed announced that it has 63% share of the 3GPP small cell market according to Infonetics Research data.
SOURCE Aricent Group
The TDD-based comprehensive small cell solution features Aricent eNodeB stacks integrated with industry leading hardware
SHANGHAI and EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Aricent Group, a global innovation and technology services company, today announced that it has partnered with Fujian Sunnada Communication Co., Ltd to develop and offer a comprehensive TDD LTE small cell solution which has been especially customized for the Chinese market.
TDD offers distinct advantages such as flexible spectrum usage, reciprocity, dynamic allocation based on real-time traffic, and more accurate timing and synchronization. The joint offering provides complete TDD functionality and has been tailor-made to cater to the Chinese market.
"Small cells are critical for proliferation of LTE, and TDD is the technology of choice in China," said Pratyush Dasgupta, vice president and head of wireless practice, at Aricent. "We are very pleased to have partnered with Sunnada to help them jumpstart the development of LTE small cell solutions to cater to the highly lucrative Chinese market."
Aricent is a leader in LTE technologies with more than 50 global LTE engagements, and offers end-to-end LTE software solutions and services spanning the entire network spectrum including eNodeB, EPC and Backhaul. Aricent offerings also include cutting-edge technologies such as RRM, SON, VoLTE, WLAN, SDN, and OpenFlow.
"We are delighted to be foraying into the Chinese market with a cutting-edge small cell solution," said Huang Haifeng, director and vice president at Sunnada. "Aricent's readily-available LTE software frameworks and expertise in integrating and building the complete solution have helped us create a highly differentiated product, while helping us reduce costs and time-to-market."
This post is by Kaushal Sarasia, Assistant Manager, Marketing for Aricent.
While LTE has established itself as the technology of choice to cater to the ever increasing demand for bandwidth one of the key challenges it faces is voice.
Given that LTE is an all IP network, the challenge is to provide seamless continuity for voice and video calls while using packets. The complexity means that operators are choosing to provide voice services via circuit switching by falling back to their legacy networks. This method of Circuit Switch Fall Back (CSFB) however, is rapidly falling out of favour as operators now want to leverage the full benefit of LTE by providing high definition voice/video services over LTE.
VoLTE not only helps operators reduce cost by eliminating the need to maintain legacy networks but also enhances the customer experience by providing distinct advantages such as high definition voice quality, simultaneous voice and data usability for rich service experience and seamless connectivity. The highly portable and scalable core network of LTE is being extensively leveraged by governments and other agencies for deployments in niche areas such as public safety for disaster management; here VoLTE becomes absolutely crucial for enabling vital voice communication during life critical operations. Moreover, VoLTE can help define a single wireless core network for both data and voice thus allowing multimedia communication involving voice, video and data at the same time. This can be leveraged to provide exceptional customer experience and to share critical information during disaster management.
Implementation of VoLTE is a complex undertaking that requires leveraging the IMS network and implementing specific QoS to enable seamless carrying of data and high definition audio/video quality. Its introduction impacts network elements across the spectrum including User Equipment (UE) (IMS Client), RAN (eNodeB), Core (EPC) and IMS Servers. The standards for VoLTE are still evolving and coupled with the complexity of implementing it means that it provides a huge opportunity for equipment manufacturers to introduce differentiation in their VoLTE solution.
An optimal VoLTE solution delivers an enhanced customer experience by providing many distinct benefits such as seamless HD voice/video quality, while enabling operators to reduce infrastructure cost and complexity. It also enables LTE equipment manufacturers to target this highly lucrative market by offering highly differentiated products, thus providing multiple benefits to every stakeholder in the LTE space. VoLTE has thus become an imperative for the success of LTE.
Right before the end of the last quarter we started to drop from over $4 to under $2.50 and then they reported out on April 30th the slow uptake of our wireless products.. Now that our quarter is just about done we are seeing a jump up. Perhaps someone at MSPD loves to talk about how the books are looking on the just closing quarter. It certainly seems like someone had a heads up on the last quarter.