Lattice Semiconductor has launched a portfolio of programmable solutions intended for building the smart, low-power cellular equipment that’s needed to support the global rollout of Heterogeneous Networks (HetNet).
Working in collaboration with Azcom Technology, the Lattice HetNet Solutions Portfolio will enable system designers to implement best-in-class solutions for connectivity, control path and power management while accelerating their development with system-level reference designs for multi-mode LTE small cells.
Service providers around the world are deploying a range of wireless equipment in both indoor and outdoor environments including office buildings, public facilities and underground areas to support the explosive growth in mobile data traffic. According to the Small Cell Forum in a report released at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the small cell market alone is expected to generate $22 billion by 2016.
The HetNet Solutions Portfolio enables designers of small cells, low-power remote radio heads, distributed antenna systems, and active antennas, to achieve the lowest BOM, power consumption and smallest footprint for the connectivity, control path and power management functions of their systems. Complementing the ASICs and SOCs used for complex data path functions, Lattice’s FPGAs, CPLDs and programmable power management devices meet requirements for small form factor, low-cost and ultra-low power.
“FPGA technology like LatticeECP3 devices which can support key connectivity interfaces such as CPRI, JESD207 and others in a small, low-power footprint, are a major enabler for a new generation of mobile infrastructure equipment,” said Ajit Singh, CEO at Azcom Technology. “Hardware programmability to cope with the many interoperability requirements and complex network environments is a must for developers as the HetNet market continues to evolve.”
“The low power, low cost, small form factor requirements of the HetNet market play into Lattice’s core strengths of providing low cost, low power programmable devices for connectivity, control path and power management,” said Jim Tavacoli, Senior Director of Communications Segment Marketing for Lattice. “The HetNet market is a key growth driver for Lattice and we are fully committed to offering an eco-system of best-in-class solutions as demonstrated by our small cells partnership with Azcom Technology.”