MIPS Multi-Threaded CPUs Power Altair’s New 4G/LTE chipsets

by Anton Shilov
03/25/2013 | 12:00 AM

 

 

 

Imagination Technologies has announced that two new baseband processors from Altair Semiconductor, are powered by FourGee-3800 and FourGee-3802 of Altair’s MIPS-Based Verizon-Certified FourGee-3100/6200 chipset, with enhanced features and increased performance, supporting the newest 4G/LTE standards.

Multi-threading technology within the chips enables better overall throughput, quality of service (QoS), and power/performance efficiency. The new chipsets each include multiple multi-threaded MIPS cores controlling various functions, including the high-performance 700MHz network processor subsystem.

“MIPS cores are at the heart of all our FourGee product families, which are gaining increasing traction across the globe. The inherent scalability and efficiency of MIPS cores, along with their compelling multi-threading technology, help us to provide the right mix of performance, features and cost. We see a great opportunity for our single-mode chipsets as carriers look to avoid the high cost of 3G and multi-mode solutions in a range of applications, including the ‘internet of things,’ which has the potential to achieve billions of units over the next decade. We are pleased to work with Imagination to help our customers achieve success in the market,” Eran Eshed, co-founder and vice president of marketing of Altair.

With ultra-low active and idle power consumption, the latest LTE features and functionality and a broad set of host and peripheral interfaces, the new Altair chipsets are designed to support a range of applications including smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots, routers and M2M. Multi-threading technology can be a particular advantage in balancing cost, performance and power for these devices, boosting performance where multiple latency-sensitive tasks must be handled simultaneously.

“As LTE networks become increasingly pervasive, OEMs and carriers are looking to take advantage of the extra speed that 4G provides, while ensuring affordability for consumers across the globe. This is particularly true for IoT devices, where high-end functionality meets embedded power constraints and economics. We are delighted to continue our long relationship with Altair as it powers a new generation of LTE devices with its innovative and proven MIPS-Based solutions,” said Tony King-Smith, executive vice president of marketing, Imagination Technologies.

Altair’s new FourGee 3800 and FourGee 3802 chipsets, together with a new a new radio chip – the FourGee 6300 – comprise a new chipset family that includes support for LTE Release 10 features, Category 4 throughput, support for Carrier Aggregation (CA), wide frequency band span of 400-3800MHz with six concurrent LTE bands for both primary and diversity antennas for global band combinations, integrated IMS/VoLTE with support for HD-Voice, Altair’s proprietary interference cancellation technology, Envelope Tracking (ET) technology, enhanced Inter-cell Interference Coordination (eICIC) and other advanced features.