Mindspeed Intros 3G LTE Chip

Family of SoC solutions targeting next-generation mobile broadband basestation platforms, from enterprise femtocells to macrocells

January 25, 2010

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, today announced the first in a family of highly integrated and cost-effective application-specific SoC solutions targeting the low-power requirements and heavy processing demands of an unprecedented variety of emerging next-generation mobile broadband basestation platforms, from enterprise femtocells to macrocells.

Mindspeed(R)'s Transcede(TM) family of processors helps provide the critical, structural underpinnings for the rapidly evolving Mobile Internet, which has been called the next great computing cycle capable of delivering 10x growth in user devices, as compared to previous cycles. The Transcede processor family delivers a new class of high-performance silicon designed to meet the huge increase in basestation diversity and computational complexity caused by the Mobile Internet's migration from a voice-centric 2G/3G mobile network to a data centric 3G+/4G mobile network. This new class of silicon will enable the development of a wide range of equipment, some for deploying services to a handful of subscribers and others for serving hundreds or thousands of subscribers. It replaces today's traditional approach, which combines a complex, expensive and inflexible set of general-purpose digital signal processors (DSPs) plus field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and network processing units (NPUs).

"This is an important milestone for Mindspeed, as we take our deep expertise in carrier-class, multi-core processing from our widely-deployed voice-over-IP platforms and extend it to key initiatives in the rapidly growing wireless-infrastructure market, especially in China and other high-growth markets," said Raouf Halim, chief executive officer of Mindspeed. "Wireless carriers are upgrading their networks to 3G and 4G so they can meet the growing demands of what IDC recently forecasted will be one billion mobile devices accessing the Internet over the next four years, while working with limited available radio spectrum.

"Our Transcede family of SoCs is the first to provide such a high level of integration aimed specifically at meeting this increasingly difficult challenge," Halim added. "Manufacturers can now build a wide variety of platforms, from picocells to macrocells, that leverage the same Transcede device and Mindspeed's scalable software architecture."

The Transcede family of SoCs integrates an unprecedented 26 programmable processors into a single device, including two ARM(R) Cortex A9(R) multi-core symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) reduced instruction set computer (RISC) processors, 10 CEVA(R) DSPs, and 10 DSP accelerators. The solution fully supports the complete processing needs of single- and multi-sector basestations using the wideband code-division multiple access (W-CDMA), long term evolution (LTE), LTE time-division duplex (TD-LTE, in China), time-division synchronous code division multiple access (TD-SCDMA, in China), and/or WiMAX air-interface standards. The Transcede family of SoCs can deliver three sectors of LTE processing in a single device, while still providing substantial processing headroom, allowing manufactures to deploy their own value-added features as part of an overall Transcede-based solution.

Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPD)

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