Fujitsu Launches Highly Integrated IEEE 802.16 Compliant WiMAX SoC

4/26/2005 - Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) fully supports the announcement made yesterday by Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) who introduced its highly integrated WiMAX system-on-chip at Broadband Wireless World in Las Vegas. The MB87M3400 complies with the IEEE802.16-2004 standard and will enable development of a new generation of WiMAX-compliant broadband wireless access (BWA) equipment.

The Fujitsu WiMAX SoC sets the stage for both base station and subscriber station implementation, which will bring cost-efficient, high-quality, fixed broadband connectivity to Metro Area Network users, without the need for direct Line of Sight access to base stations from their remotely connected subscriber stations. The MB87M3400 is designed to enable deployment of BWA equipment for both base stations and subscriber stations in licensed or license-exempt bands below 11GHz.

"This new WiMAX-compliant SoC is the industry's most integrated, modular, scalable, and cost-efficient solution," said Keith Horn, senior vice president of sales and marketing for FMA. "Our design team has worked very closely with innovative systems developers worldwide to deliver the optimal technology for WiMAX-compliant equipment. Early adopters of our system-on-chip are now set to make 2005 the inaugural year for WiMAX-based customer premise equipment, base stations and low-cost subscriber stations in a broad range of geographic markets."

Manfred Mettendorff, Senior Marketing Manager at Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) added, "In Europe in particular, with the licensed band in the 3.5GHz region, we are expecting a rapid implementation of WiMAX. Fujitsu's cost efficient solution will enable equipment manufacturers and service providers to offer competitive business models with fast return on investment."

He continued, "To tie-in with this announcement, FME is co-sponsoring the IQPC WiMAX conference taking place in Berlin, on April 28th & 29th. Reza Golshan, Director, System ASIC from FMA is presenting a paper there on ' Technical challenges to be mastered by making WiMAX interoperable', and our complete chip solution will be discussed and described."

The MB87M3400 uses an OFDM 256 (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) PHY that supports channels from 1.75MHz up to 20MHz, and can operate in TDD or FDD modes, with support for all available channel bandwidths. A programmable frequency selection generates the sample clock for any desired bandwidth. When applying 64QAM modulation in a 20MHz channel and using all 192 sub-carriers, the SoC's data rate can go up to 75Mbps. Uplink sub-channelisation is also supported.

The Fujitsu WiMAX SoC incorporates sophisticated processing power, including a powerful main RISC engine that implements the 802.16 upper-layer MAC, scheduler, drivers, protocol stacks, and user application software. Also on board is a secondary RISC/DSP that functions as a co-processor, which executes lower-layer MAC functions, offloading processing from the upper-layer MAC and enhancing total performance. A multi-channel DMA controller handles high-speed transactions among agents on a high-performance bus.

Incorporates Security, Radio Control, Analogue Circuitry
The Fujitsu WiMAX SoC also incorporates radio control and all required analogue circuits, along with a comprehensive set of integrated peripheral functions. To ensure security, the MB87M3400 uses DES/AES/CCM encryption/decryption engines for the 802.16 MAC privacy sub-layer. The chip also includes a memory controller, an Ethernet engine for interfacing to the network, and high-performance DAC/ADC for flexible baseband interface.

The MB87M3400 comes in a 436-pin BGA package and is available now. A complete reference design, including all required software and hardware for a cost-effective system solution, is also available. The reference design is scheduled for certification by the WiMAX ForumTM.

Fujitsu plans ongoing, comprehensive support for the WiMAX standards, as the WiMAX Forum and its member companies work to deliver IEEE 802.16e to serve mobile wireless broadband applications.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and other markets throughout North and South America. As a founding and board member of the WiMAX ForumTM, Fujitsu supports the standards development and compliance programs that are essential to successful Broadband Wireless deployment. Fujitsu provides performance-driven WiMAX solutions by leveraging the company's experience and expertise in the networking and communications markets. Fujitsu offers flexible WiMAX SoC and reference designs for WiMAX-certifiable systems to equipment vendors. For more product information, please visit the company's web site at

About Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is a major supplier of semiconductor products. The company provides advanced systems solutions to the automotive, digital TV, mobile telephony, networking and industrial markets. Engineers from design centres dedicated to microcontrollers, mixed-signal, wireless, FRAM, multi-media ICs and ASIC products work closely with FME's marketing and sales teams throughout Europe to help satisfy customers' system development requirements.

This solutions approach is supported by a broad range of advanced semiconductor devices, IP and building blocks as well as leading-edge Plasma Display Panels. For more information visit Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe's website at

WiMAX conference in Berlin April 28-29
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