Altera Supports China Mobile Research Institute in Developing Next-Generation
FPGA Technology Enables the Deployment of Cost-effective, High-capacity Base
Station Equipment Using Cloud-based C-RAN Architecture
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 7, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation (Nasdaq:
ALTR) today announced its collaboration with China Mobile Research Institute
(CMRI) to research and develop next-generation wireless networks based on the
Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architecture. Altera FPGAs and
intellectual property (IP) provide CMRI's wireless system solutions with a
development platform and technical support that are being used to verify
future wireless architectures used in the cellular network of China Mobile,
the world's largest network with more than 700 million subscribers.
The cloud-based C-RAN architecture delivers lower power consumption, lower
costs and higher frequency spectrum efficiency in high-capacity base station
equipment by centralizing the baseband processing of a large-scale area into
the cloud. The C-RAN architecture enables operators to dynamically schedule
mobile traffic according to current network loads. China Mobile is actively
developing the C-RAN architecture in order to cost-effectively optimize its
network based on various wireless standards including GSM (2G), TD-SCDMA (3G)
and LTE (4G). Altera and CMRI are working together to debug and verify
next-generation wireless systems based on the C-RAN architecture by leveraging
Altera's FPGA technology and CPRI and Ethernet IP.
"Altera is a valuable partner whose expertise in wireless networks helps both
sides on the development of C-RAN and other future wireless network
architectures," said Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist, China Mobile Research
Institute. "The technology, service and support we receive from Altera help
CMRI research key C-RAN technologies and guide the industry to develop C-RAN
FPGAs are widely used in wireless network equipment due to the device's
high-performance features and their ability to rapidly adapt to changing
industry standards. Altera FPGAs provide an ideal combination of processing
power, flexibility, IP cores and easy-to-use development tools.
"A C-RAN architecture addresses many of the challenges that carriers like
China Mobile must deal with in this mobile internet era," said Scott Bibaud,
senior vice president and general manager of Altera's Communications and
Broadcast Division. "Collaborating with the world's largest cellular operator
on C-RAN architecture development enables us to align our FPGAs, software and
IP to meet next-generation wireless infrastructure requirements."
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