Freescale-powered platform enables 3G wireless base stations to support LTE and other 4G standards

Freescale technology is playing a key role in the development of
unified common platforms – programmable solutions for wireless base
stations that allow service providers to deploy one technology today
and later upgrade to more advanced standards such as LTE or WiMAX with
a simple software installation.

As the pace of deployment worldwide quickens for next-generation
wireless networks, carriers increasingly require an infrastructure that
ensures maximum equipment re-use and a smooth evolution path to
advanced wireless standards. Unified common platforms are helping base
station equipment manufacturers meet this requirement, while creating
significant market opportunities for semiconductor providers offering
the flexibility and performance necessary to support the ultra-high
data rates of next-generation air interfaces.

To meet carriers’ demand for sophisticated unified common platforms,
worldwide base station OEMs are turning to Freescale Semiconductor and
its broad portfolio of industry-leading multicore processors and DSPs.
Alcatel-Lucent recently designated Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 processor
and MSC8156 DSP as the foundation for a platform targeting highly
flexible wireless base stations designed to meet the current and future
requirements of the world’s leading wireless carriers.

"Alcatel-Lucent’s Converged Radio Access Network (RAN) solution
provides mobile operators with wireless technology that will enable
them to meet their needs today and offer a smooth evolution path toward
LTE to address tomorrow’s market challenges," said Mike Iandolo,
president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Product Division. "Freescale’s
multicore processors help us ensure that Alcatel-Lucent solutions
feature the advanced processing intelligence that will enable our
customers to satisfy their subscribers’ expectations today and

"As advanced wireless standards draw closer to mainstream adoption,
Freescale is focused on providing the world’s top OEMs with the
flexibility, performance and systems knowledge they need for success in
today’s highly competitive environment," said Lisa Su, general manager
and senior vice president of Freescale’s Networking and Multimedia
Group. "This design win continues our track record of working closely
with Alcatel-Lucent to advance the state of wireless technology


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