Reference Platform optimizes PHS base station processing.

Press Release Summary:

Reference platform for next-generation Personal Handy-phone System (PHS) base station equipment consists of MPC8548 PowerQUICC(TM) communications processor and programmable multi-core MSC8144 DSP. Solution provides flexible baseband processing for control and physical layers. Based on StarCore® DSP technology, MSC8144 DSP embeds 4 multiple-issue 1 GHz StarCore® DSP cores and integrates 10.5 MB DSP memory, security coprocessor, RISC engines, and high-speed networking interfaces.

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Freescale Discloses Advanced Reference Platform for Next-Generation PHS Base Station Equipment

TOKYO-Nov. 12, 2007 -Freescale Semiconductor Japan Ltd. (1-8-1, Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, President: Tsuneo Takahashi) today announced the development of an advanced reference platform for next-generation Personal Handy-phone System (PHS) base station equipment.

Next-generation PHS technology is expected to enable speeds higher than 20 Mbps by integrating the efficiency of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) radio with the throughput of multi-antenna MIMO techniques. The higher speeds and state-of-the-art antenna technologies bring the capacity to deliver services such as interactive video and future media-rich services to the handset.

Freescale is a leader in delivering solutions for wireless base stations around the world. Adding platform support for the next-generation PHS base station helps to accelerate time-to-market and to reduce development resources needed for base station OEMs. Equipment based on the solution can be optimized to deliver superior performance density and low operating costs.

The advanced reference design will consist of the MPC8548 PowerQUICC(TM) communications processor and high-performance programmable multi-core MSC8144 DSP, providing flexible and high-performance baseband processing for the control and physical layers.

The MSC8144 DSP is based on StarCore® DSP technology and is designed to reduce system cost and power while improving performance for intensive network processing. Addressing industry requirements for consolidation and reuse, the MSC8144 DSP takes single chip integration to a new level, embedding four multiple-issue 1GHz StarCore® DSP cores and integrating one of the industry's highest density embedded DSP memories at 10.5Mbytes, a security coprocessor, RISC engines and an abundance of high speed networking interfaces.

"The high-performance programmable processing of the MSC8144 DSP allows OEMs to use the same device, hardware platform and tools for multiple applications and standards by using differentiated software loads," said Jeff Timbs, director of marketing for Freescale's Networking Systems Division. "When combined with the market leading PowerQUICC Processors in the same system, developers have a tightly integrated processing platform capable of delivering next-generation base station solutions."

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies with 2006 sales of $6.4 billion (USD).

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