Texas Instruments announced the addition of the RF Software Development Kit (RFSDK) to its Base Station SoftwarePac, enabling small cell developers to configure the baseband-to-radio communication and achieve first call or system verification in just one day compared to the weeks or months it took previously. With the new RFSDK, TI's KeyStone™- based TCI6630K2L small cell System-on-Chip (SoC) and TCI6631K2L backhaul SoC can now seamlessly implement digital radio functions like digital pre-distortion (DPD) and crest factor reduction (CFR), and use a JESD204B interface to communicate with TI's analog front end transceiver, the AFE7500, to maximize performance and system power efficiency.
RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for two “small cell” power amplifiers from TriQuint. The TQP2451 and TQP2453 support 1900 MHz and 1800 MHz transmitter designs respectively. With average power output of 2.5 W, both devices include 3 gain stages, the final stage being a Doherty design for high peak power performance up to 20 W. The TQP2451 covers 1930 to1995 MHz with power added efficiency of 38 percent and <-50 ACLR. The TQP2453 offers 35 percent PAE over 1805 to1885 MHz. Both the TQP2451 and TQP2453 utilize 18 V and 5 V Vcc. Both devices are offered in a 20 x 20 mm package for 3G/4G wireless infrastructure, linearized transmitters, MIMO and heterogeneous networks applicable to small cells.
Siklu, a leader in millimeter-wave backhaul systems, and Virgin Media Business have successfully trialled a small cell backhaul network in Leeds, UK. The EtherHaul-600T backhaul radios were easily deployed and performed flawlessly during the trial.
Mobile Experts released a 94-page market study, which provides detailed analysis of Small Cells and Low Power Base Stations. In this market study, deep insights are revealed to illustrate how the mobile infrastructure market is changing to address a need for concentrated mobile traffic in multiple scenarios.
ABI Research’s latest forecast for outdoor small cells indicates a healthy 2014 growth in equipment revenue at a year-on-year rate of 33% to $1.8 billion. This growth comes thanks to operators like AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Telefonica, Softbank, SK Telecom, and Sprint driving shipments of both outdoor and Metrocell deployments.