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Ralf Jurrien
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RadioFrame OmniRadio Processor

content type Press information Mail the editor Posted by Ralf Jurrien
Wednesday, February 21st 2007 - 02:35 CET - Comments: 0
R adioFrame Networks announced the introduction of the OmniRadio Processor, the first in a family of microchips enabling the mass deployment of low cost picocell and femtocell products. The OmniRadio Technology will make possible mass market opportunities through improved production economies and capabilities for RadioFrame's picocell and femtocell base station products. The introduction of the OmniRadio Processor is timely as it addresses the huge opportunity for Mobile Network Operators to serve homes and small and medium sized businesses (SME) as Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) strategies are implemented. A new study from ABI Research forecasts that by 2011 there will be 102 million users of femtocell products on 32 million access points.
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RadioFrame OmniRadio Processor

"This is an important development for RadioFrame and for wireless as operators target one of the last areas of growth, namely the home and SME markets using licensed spectrum," said RadioFrame Networks President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Brown. "When we looked at this hugely attractive market, it became clear that the need to deliver a product tailored to the unique attributes of this customer group, that included high functionality with low cost and small physical size, demanded a different approach. By creating our own chipset we ensure that production economies of scale occur. This will dramatically reduce the manufacturing cost of the units and will now make mass consumer markets reachable. Over time we expect millions of units to be manufactured and this proprietary chip set will afford RadioFrame a unique platform to add other technologies, such as WiMAX and LTE."

 

RadioFrame Networks - Faraday technology

RadioFrame Networks has chosen Faraday Technology Corporation as the partner to deliver the OmniRadio Processor. Faraday Technology Corporation is a global leader in silicon IP and fabless ASIC services. With its system-on-a-chip focus and broad IP portfolio, Faraday is well-suited to provide value-added ASIC services to systems companies such as RadioFrame Networks. "After an extensive review of suppliers, Faraday's quality combined with their willingness to meet the aggressive timeframes this market requires made it an easy choice for RadioFrame," said Greg Veintimilla, VP Engineering at RadioFrame.

 

RadioFrame OmniRadio Platform

"At Faraday, we are interested in working with innovators and visionaries with large market opportunities. RadioFrame's OmniRadio Platform fits that view. We are delighted to be working with RadioFrame on the realization of this vision," said Faraday USA General Manager Joseph Hong. OmniRadio Technology will integrate core functionality-including base band processing and radio control-making it easily adaptable to other wireless technologies. Initially the chip is designed for GSM and UMTS and can enable other technologies like WiMAX and LTE in the future. Production and integration of the OmniRadio Processor microchip in RadioFrame products will occur later this year and be available to the market beginning in the third quarter of 2007.

 

RadioFrame OmniRadio Processor

"Despite many consumers being frustrated with less than perfect wireless coverage inside their homes, more and more people continue to choose wireless as their sole form of telecommunications. This is creating a tremendous quality of service need that we can address," said RadioFrame Networks CEO Jeff Brown. "Our announcement today is about RadioFrame making a significant investment to create a mass market solution. By developing a unique technology platform we can now introduce needed products at better economies and with accelerated timeframes," continued Brown. "RadioFrame's goal is to dominate market areas we enter. We know that only through significant investment in all areas of the product, from silicon to application software, can we meet the challenging requirements of the market. We have had a great deal of success in our infrastructure business and we are taking the investment and innovation approach to this market."

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