Philips Slashes Cellular Infrastructure Costs with SIMD Processor

3/1/2004 - Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) announced the launch of its SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) ultra-high-performance processor, which offers manufacturers an easy, low-cost, future-proof path for BTS (Base Transceiver Station) development. Supporting all cellular standards from 2G to W-CDMA, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA and OFDM, the device’s massively parallel, reconfigurable processor array is 100pct software programmable. This offers unique flexibility, scalability and upgradeability as wireless standards and signal processing techniques continue to evolve.

In contrast to today’s costly standard DSP, FPGA, ASIC/SoC based solutions, the SIMD processor uses an architecture called Associative String Processing (ASP) to deliver greater peak and sustained processing power. It also makes new software-defined applications and custom functions simple to implement (in high-level languages) and re-use across successive hardware generations. In addition, several SIMD processors can be combined (or embedded) in various parallel processing models to create a MIMD (Multiple Instruction Multiple Data) processor.

“The architecture and high level of integration provide a tremendous performance and flexibility that simplifies the hardware design process and lowers the overall cost of a new BTS. It is a key element in building Software Defined Radio (SDR) or multistandard solutions. We expect a cost reduction of up to 70pct per channel compared with today’s bill of materials. We also offer standard and application-specific software libraries, development tools and worldwide support. This gives customers a huge time-to-market and validation advantage over competing solutions,” said Malcolm Spencer, General Manager ASIC, CDMA and Base Station Sector Team at Philips Semiconductors. “The SIMD processor consolidates Philips’ position as a leading supplier to the mobile infrastructure market and complements our custom symbol-rate and RF solutions for complete base station solutions.”

Based on Aspex Technology’s industry-leading LinedancerTM architecture, the SIMD processor provides vital cost-effective flexibility that will stimulate infrastructure investment in the move to 3G and SDR. Scalability, reconfigurability and Philips’ CMOS integration roadmap will guarantee the technology will be able to provide ever more advanced services for a growing number of connected consumers. A key advantage of Philips’ SIMD processor is that it migrates applications to the software domain. Consequently, new services and functions can be introduced at any time – as high-level re-usable software – long after the product has been installed.

Gartner Research predicts that “by 2008, 50 percent of mobile base stations will incorporate reconfigurable processor technology for baseband processing.”

The processor is built around a parallel-processing ASProCore, and integrates a Low-level ASP controller (LAC), a Secondary Data Movement Controller (SDMC), a 32-bit RISC CPU, storage, and interface logic. Supporting multiple standards for baseband modems, the device provides all the digital chip-rate processing within a BTS/Node B system with an unrivalled performance per dollar.

Philips' SIMD processors, fabricated in 0.12 micron CMOS, and a complete set of hardware and software tools are available now. A fully compatible next-generation device is also in development and will produced in 90 nm CMOS.

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