Deployment in MicroTCA racks or standalone possible

Loughborough, UK - 4th November 2015 - CommAgility today announced the AMC-K2L-RF2, a low-cost, high performance ARM and DSP based processing card which includes two integrated wideband RF transceiver channels, all in the compact Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) form factor.

The AMC-K2L-RF2 is designed to support wireless baseband processing and a 2x2 MIMO air interface in radio test systems, small cells, and UEs for standard or specialised LTE and LTE-Advanced systems up to and beyond Release 10. It is highly flexible and can be used either as a complete baseband and RF small cell solution, or as a pure Remote Radio Head (RRH) with its CPRI interface linking to a separate baseband unit.

The new module can be deployed in a range of operating environments, including high density MicroTCA racks for C-RAN architectures, and as a standalone system with the optional Micro Carrier card providing I/O, power and cooling. This enables product development to start at minimal capital expenditure, while providing a platform capable of full deployment at low cost.

The main processor is the Texas Instruments (TI) TCI6630K2L System-on-Chip (SoC), part of TI's new KeyStoneTM II generation of DSP and ARM-based SoCs. It includes four C66x DSP cores and two ARM® Cortex®-A15 MPCoreTM processors, all operating at up to 1.2 GHz. The TCI6630K2L SoC contains wireless base station coprocessors which offload layer 1 and layer 2 processing demands to keep the cores free for receiver algorithms and other functions. A TI AFE7500 analog front end provides flexible, high quality RF capabilities.

Sameer Wasson, General Manager of Communications Infrastructure at Texas Instruments, said, "The AMC-K2L-RF2 takes advantage of the performance and flexibility of TI's latest SoCs to provide a powerful, cost-effective RF and baseband processing solution for advanced wireless applications."

The module is optionally available with CommAgility's SmallCellPHY-TI and SmallCellStack, pre-integrated and tested to reduce risk and effort. This industry-leading software package reflects the investment of over 100 years of effort and is used by top-tier telecommunications equipment vendors around the world. A comprehensive DSP Board Support Library is provided along with a full SMP Linux implementation for the ARM cores, for easy integration of 3rd party PHY, stacks and customer applications with the card.  

Multiple AMC-K2L-RF2 cards may also be used in a system to create higher-order MIMO solutions, for example two cards for 4x4 MIMO. A flexible range of I/O is provided to the TCI6630K2L SoC, including Gigabit Ethernet, PCIe and CPRI, providing connectivity to networks, host processors and additional RF.

The module operates over an extended temperature range of -40 to 70°C with a conduction cooling option, making it suitable for outdoor and rugged applications. With a maximum power consumption of 30W in normal operation, it supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) deployment.

RF output power is up to 24dBm average and RF bandwidth up to 100MHz, over frequencies from 700MHz to 4GHz. Four standard build options cover the majority of LTE bands, with others possible with additional customization. Using external cavity filters, the card can be directly deployed as an LTE small cell.

The AMC-K2L-RF2 will be available in Q1 2016. For pricing, please contact CommAgility.

About CommAgility:
CommAgility is an award-winning, world-leading developer of embedded signal processing and radio modules for 4G and 5G mobile network and related applications. We design the latest DSP, FPGA and RF technologies into compact, powerful, and reliable products based on industry standard architectures. Our customers around the world integrate CommAgility products into high performance test equipment, specialised radio and intelligence systems, R&D demonstrators and trial systems. We are highly flexible and work closely with our key customers to meet their technical needs and to support them through development into volume production. CommAgility was honoured with a Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2013, and featured in the Deloitte UK Fast 50 list of fastest growing technology companies in 2012 and 2013.

In March 2015, CommAgility acquired MIMOon GmbH, headquartered in Duisburg, Germany, a leading licensor of LTE Software IP for mobile devices & wireless infrastructure. MIMOon's portfolio of products includes Physical Layer and Protocol Stack (mi!SmallCellPHY and mi!SmallCellSTACK) for Small Cells, Physical Layer and Protocol Stack for terminals (mi!MobilePHY and mi!MobileSTACK), advanced scheduler for small cells (mi!SmallCellSPECTRUM) and IP development in the areas of advanced PHY algorithms on multi-core SDR platforms.


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