A Guide to Processors for Wireless Base Stations
本報告提供3G (UMTS) 、4G (LTE) 技術概要，以蜂巢式網路，基礎技術，關聯的半導體技術為焦點，基地台處理器影響市場的主要技術、商務趨勢相關驗證、主要供應商的企業文件、基地台處理器比較等，有系統的資訊。
As smartphone users consume ever-increasing amounts of wireless data, operators are upgrading their networks to support LTE and LTE-Advanced. They are also deploying small-cell base stations to increase network capacity in congested areas and to extend coverage in sparsely covered areas.
Revenues are not necessarily increasing commensurately with bandwidth demand, however. The budget pressure on operators is in turn squeezing base-station OEMs. Fortunately, the onward march of Moore's Law and the trend toward smaller base stations are enabling semiconductor suppliers to integrate major baseband-processing functions in a single processor.
The market for base-station processors has suddenly become crowded, with a half-dozen chip companies offering products. Even Intel is jumping into the fray with its acquisition of Mindspeed's base-station business. Each vendor differs in important ways. A Guide to Processors for Wireless Base Stations brings clarity to the market, discussing trends, detailing available base-station processors, and drawing conclusions about which chip vendors are best positioned and which of their products are best suited to operators' needs.
The report begins with an overview of 3G (UMTS) and 4G (LTE) technology, highlighting the aspects of the cellular network, the underlying technology, and relevant semiconductor technologies. Another chapter discusses the major technological and business trends affecting the market for base-station processors, providing insight into how the market is evolving.
Following these introductory chapters, the report delivers a complete chapter on each of six major suppliers of base-station processors: Broadcom, Cavium, Freescale, Intel, Texas Instruments, and Qualcomm. For each company, we provide a synopsis of their business, detail the key features of their products, and draw conclusions about their standing in the competitive landscape and the types of designs for which their offerings are best suited. We also discuss the internal architecture of their processors, system-design considerations, and their likely product roadmap.
We then dedicate a chapter to detailed head-to-head comparisons of many of the available base-station processors. The report concludes with our outlook for the leading vendors.
Covered product lines include Broadcom's BCM616xx and BCM617xx families, Cavium's Octeon Fusion, Freescale's QorIQ Qonverge, Intel's Transcede and PC3000 families, TI's KeyStone and KeyStone II, and Qualcomm's FSM processors.
As the leading analysts covering high-performance communications chips, The Linley Group has the expertise to deliver a comprehensive look at the chips handling baseband processing in cellular base stations. Coauthors Jag Bolaria and Tom R. Halfhill use their broad experience in communications semiconductors and embedded processors to deliver the technical and strategic information you need to make informed business decisions.
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Covered product lines include Broadcom's BCM616xx and BCM617xx, Cavium's Octeon Fusion, Freescale's QorIQ Qonverge, Intel's Transcede (Mindspeed) and PC3000 series (Picochip), TI's KeyStone and KeyStone II, and Qualcomm's FSM products.