DesignArt Networks Delivers Simultaneous Multi-Protocol SoC

DAN3400 single-SoC Platform for Concurrent “3G+4G” Service Operation

BARCELONA, Spain — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 8, 2011 — DesignArt Networks unveiled its ground-breaking 40nm 4G SoC family with the launch of five distinct SoC chips. Today the company released its second open SoC platform – the DAN3400.

Drawing upon the vast baseband processing resources inherent to the DAN3000 SoC family architecture, the DAN3400 has been designed for simultaneous multi-protocol operation in a distributed multi-gigabit radio access network (RAN). The DAN3400 is the only available single-SoC solution for the design of fully integrated high-performance, multi-protocol base station and relay equipment – ideal for the small cell layer of the heterogeneous mobile network.

“At the heart of the DAN3400 is the most scalable multi-protocol baseband pipeline, consisting of optimized multi-core DSP and RISC processing layers, and augmented with software-programmable hardware acceleration for the simultaneous operation of high-capacity W-CDMA and LTE micro- and picocells, in-field software-upgradable to 4G LTE Advanced,” said Assaf Touboul, DesignArt Networks CTO. “Consuming less than 6 Watts, the DAN3400 SoC platform delivers a truly carrier-grade small cell solution, suitable for the design of ultra-compact, low-cost single-SoC Micro- or Pico BTS equipment with flexible RF output power.”

The DAN3400 combines all base station processing layers with a powerful SW-programmable digital RF front-end (DFE) – enabling the most integrated single-SoC base station designs. The embedded DFE, with high-efficiency PA linearization, drives a multi-carrier, multi-protocol 4x4 antenna array with a combined channel width of up to 40 MHz – fully ready for LTE Advanced features such as spectrum aggregation, MU-MIMO, and high-performance LTE relay.

Single-SoC compact base station equipment based on the DAN3400 provides multi-protocol access to multiple spectrum assets of operators with in-field software upgrade to a multi-carrier 40 MHz 4G picocell – delivering aggregated 600 Mbps of 4G mobile broadband data capacity.

“If operators are to be expected to deploy heterogeneous mobile radio access networks, including a dense layers of small cell equipment, then such equipment must meet basic carrier-grade infrastructure requirements, such as dual technology support,” said Will Strauss, President of Forward Concepts. “DesignArt offers in a fully software-defined SoC a single-chip compact base station solution that delivers simultaneous multi-protocol services with in-field software upgrade to 4G LTE Advanced, meeting that requirement.”

About DesignArt Networks

DesignArt Networks Ltd is the leading supplier of highly integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) infrastructure solutions for the evolving 3G and 4G mobile radio access network infrastructure (RAN). Based on their unique multi-layer, multi-core architecture DAN open SoC platforms integrate in a single chip all four processing layers required for the design of any type of wireless network infrastructure product, ranging from base stations, radio heads, backhaul systems, up to fully integrated multi-sector 4G base station systems with zero-cost self-backhaul – on a single chip. DesignArt provides a single powerful integrated system development framework, including full-featured and trial-ready software applications. Vendors benefit from the resulting low-cost, yet powerful and flexible product portfolio, while drastically reducing R&D and life-cycle expenses, and optimizing time-to-market. Operators benefit from best-of-breed, yet compact RAN equipment with an absolute minimum of power consumption.

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