TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc., a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, announced that Ruckus Wireless, a global supplier of advanced wireless systems, has selected TriQuint’s two new high-performance 5GHz WLAN power amplifiers (PAs) for its top-performing fifth-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi platforms.
The cellular industry seems to be buzzing with “small cell” fever. Within the general thrust of implementing small cell outdoor cellular networks, backhaul is seen as one of the major barriers to deployment. The market for equipment used to provide backhaul to these sites can be generally evaluated by the number of micro-cellular base stations that are forecasted, along with an assessment of whether they’d be backhauled using various, more likely backhaul technologies (i.e. fiber or wireless). Figure 1shows the result of one industry forecast focused on the micro-cellular market.
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.