The LitePoint IQsignal™ for WiMAX Software Suite represents
the latest in vector-based signal analysis and modulation
technology targeted toward the demanding requirements of
802.16 WiMAX products. Offered with an
IQmax Wireless Test System, users have a powerful and
comprehensive toolset to control IQmax VSA and VSG hardware
and analyze measured data meeting the demanding needs of
development, manufacturing, and QA engineers.
industry-standard for WiMAX infrastructure.
picoChip’s WiMAX architecture is used by more OEMs and more carriers
than any other, including the “golden modem” for WiMAX certification.
The solution scales from femtocells through microcells to
sophisticated multi-sector basestations, with full support for
mobility, MIMO and beam-forming. What’s more, it is completely
software upgradeable, from certified 16d to 16e, Wave 2 and MIMO —
and with a roadmap to 16j and 16m.
Reference Designs are fully-tested, fully-integrated, system-level
solutions which implement the complete WiMAX PHY, customers using
them benefit from dramatically accelerated time-to-market and
reduced development cost. The dramatic performance advantages of the
picoArray over conventional architectures means these systems also
have reduced bill-of-materials and lower power dissipation.
algorithms meet or exceed all the performance requirements of the
IEEE802.16 standard in static, multipath and co-channel interference
conditions for all modulation schemes. This increased performance
translates directly into increased range, more coverage and better
network economics for carriers. (More
PC8520 PHY solution is widely deployed in systems that have achieved
certification. The software upgrade to support OFDMA (16e-2005) is
sampling now and will be amongst the first solutions to enter WiMAX
picoChip is committed
to supporting the standards roadmap and providing customers with a
seamless upgrade path to new capabilities, including AAS, MIMO and
.16j mobile relay.
picoChip’s technology in their protocol conformance tester,
which is being developed jointly with Aeroflex. Cetecom are the
certification lab appointed by the WiMAX forum, making picoChip
“the golden modem” for certification.
basestation product brief
basestation product brief
(IEEE802.16e-2005) Femtocell/picocell integrated PHY+MAC for
solution is completely software upgradeable, from 16d to 16e, MIMO
16j: Mobile Relay
802.16J is a task
group, looking at relay station architecture for OFDMA 802.16e-2005
based systems. This will enable small cell coverage beyond the
initial macro-cell deployment, and to specify the architecture such
that the price and complexity of relay stations is greatly reduced.
The standard is expected to be ratified in the 2nd half of 2007
clearing the way for standardized equipment to be deployed.
developing a reference design for 802.16j.
16m: Next Generation
IEEE has recently
approved the PAR for 802.16m, extending the WiMAX architecture for
even higher data-rates as a 4G system.
The performance of
the picoChip architecture makes it ideally suited to this
EDX® Signal Pro® v6
EDX® SignalPro® is the principal building block of
EDX’s comprehensive line of wireless network engineering tools. It
offers all of the study types you need to design a basic wireless
network, including area studies, link/point-to-point studies and route
studies. EDX SignalPro also incorporates the finest telecom-specific
mapping features, meticulous equipment data storage capabilities and
convenient utility functions.
Basic EDX SignalPro can be extended to become a fully featured,
carrier-class, network design tool by attaching the EDX network design
and indoor modules, post-processing toolkits and data management
products. This building block approach gives you the ability to create
the right tool for your specific needs – putting the Power of Planning
to work for you.
Studies Propagation Models
EDX SignalPro includes a complete set of the most accurate propagation
prediction models, appropriate for systems from 30 MHz to 60 GHz.
For ultimate flexibility, you can select from the extensive set of over
20 published propagation models, customize the coefficients of selected
empirical models, or create your own proprietary propagation models with
an external dynamic link library. All models have completely adjustable
environmental and reliability parameters.
For refined accuracy, many models can consider the attenuation and
height values of underlying clutter databases. This additional
attenuation can be considered along the entire study path for each
A comprehensive selection of over 15 area study types are available for:Shadowing/Line
Path Loss , Field Strength , Received Power , Downlink Signal Levels
, Uplink Signal Levels , C/(I+N) & Aggregate C/(I+N) ,
Group-To-Group Interference , Bit Error Rate , Percent Service
Availability , Number of Available Servers , Simulcast Delay Spread
Unmatched Area Study Capabilities
Multiple area studies can be simultaneously calculated, displayed, and
stored for future use. For maximum flexibility, you can create your own
customized “Hybrid” studies with an easy-to-use dialog box that assists
you in applying mathematical functions to existing area studies or doing
Boolean “and/or” comparisons of two existing studies. You have complete
control of your study displays.
Point-to-Point Path Analysis
Calculate a full microwave path analysis including path profile,
rain and fade outage, percent availability, dispersive fade
margin, antenna diversity reception, and cross-link interference.
All links are bi-directional, and you can edit your link studies
by selectively adding trees, buildings, or terrain elevation
modifications. Cross-link interference studies are also
Use a route study to calculate and store detailed propagation
properties and most likely servers along a 2D or 3D route.
Routes contain a series of specific points that can be easily
created with the included EDX drawing tools.
Features Project Management
A project management tree lets you see all the components of your
project at a glance. Click on any component of the tree to quickly view
The Project Wizard helps you to rapidly set up a project from a
selection of system-specifi c templates. EDX SignalPro will instantly
display a map view with relevant GIS data for your chosen area, which
can be selected by simply entering a city name.
Transmit & Receive Equipment
Easily add and manage your network equipment. EDX SignalPro gives you
the most detailed equipment definition parameters available. Complex
antenna patterns for omni, directional, or adaptive “smart” antenna
types are supported with co-polarized and cross-polarized directional
transmit and receive antenna considerations. For more accurate
interference analysis, you can also describe the Power Spectral Density
and receive filters for your equipment.
Equipment can be quickly accessed and grouped from your map view with
convenient right-click menus. Straightforward dialog boxes provide for
global equipment edits that can be made to your entire equipment set, or
a selected group/subgroup.
Open Software Architecture
The Component Object Model (COM) and XML interfaces provide easy ways to
import, export, and share transmitter, link, and CPE details with other
This also provides for external control of the tool beyond the included
GUI, customizing EDX SignalPro for your specific needs.
Link “Rubberband” to Server
Link server lines show “rubber band” connections to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
most likely servers as you move the mouse around your area studies.
Comparisons of Measured and Predicted Signal Levels
Drive test data can be imported, displayed, and used for statistical
comparison with predicted results. The dialog boxes showing the RF
equipment parameters show predicted values alongside measured values,
providing you with relevant information at your fingertips.
You can also get the most value from your database investments with EDX
SignalPro by using measurement data to adjust the attenuation values of
your underlying clutter databases for location- specific accuracy.
worldwide terrain, clutter, building, GIS, demographic, and
traffic data can be added as map layers. Open, flexible format
compatibility makes it easy to use data from many sources,
thereby giving you maximum control of your database investment -
including quality and cost.
Mapping Multiple Map Display
Multiple map views conveniently show your project studies and GIS map
data simultaneously. Views can also be saved as common image files such
as JPG, BMP, GIF, TIF and others.
Whether you’re displaying signal levels, terrain, demographic or traffic
data you can select from several types of map views:
Composite Grid with Color Levels by Range , Composite Grid with Color
Gradient , Composite Contours
Composite Grids Draped Over 3D Terrain , 3D Display
Create impressive 3D displays such as shaded terrain relief with
illumination control, integrated 3D building and terrain displays, map
images and aerial/satellite photos draped onto the 3D terrain elevation.
Also Viewpoint Perspective is easy & quick.
Customizable Status Bar
A customizable status bar allows you to control the information you need
to view. It can include most likely servers, terrain elevation, building
height, and clutter category.
Transmitter Map Icon Display
Display base stations on your map view with options such as cell range,
directional antenna beam width and traffic loading.
Recalculate & Redisplay
You can easily recalculate and redisplay all project studies with a
single mouse click. This feature is ideal for assessing the total impact
of a changed system parameter on all aspects of the system analysis.
Utilities Easy to Integrate with other Mapping Tools
If you use MapInfo® or Arc View®, EDX SignalPro can automatically
generate study results in a compatible format. Map views can also be
exported as Geo-coded TAB/TIF files. Further, EDX SignalPro imports MIF/MID
and ArcView® DBF/SHP files as map layers, as well as exports study
results in MIG, MID/MIF or SHP/DBF.
A worldwide GIS database is included for your ease of use. With
this data, you can create relevant map views for anywhere in the
world. It includes seven layers of telecom-specific map data.
Extensive abilities to query your project include query libraries
accessible by other applications as well as the ability to right click
on any point to view multiple layers of propagation analysis and GIS
information. You can also select entire areas for query analysis.
Utility functions are easily accessible for coordinate conversion,
distance and bearing calculations, ERP calculations, intermodulation
calculations and creating and plotting directional antenna patterns.
Address matching to geographic coordinates is available.
Modules Make EDX SignalPro Even More Powerful
Add on to EDX SignalPro with specialized modules and toolkits that add
even more powerful functionality for design and optimization of your
wireless network including:
Module – ideal for carrier class network deployment
Microcell/Indoor Module – a unique tool for indoor & outdoor –
EDX Pre-Qualification Toolkit – for post-processing your
Building Editor – making it easy to manage building databases
BOSTON (Oct. 10, 2006) -- Texas
Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] expands the depth and
distinction of its WiMAX infrastructure solutions with the announcement
of its WiMAX Forum 802.16e Wave 1 Certification Library. TI's highly
optimized software library incorporates all of the core signal
processing and permutation functions required to build a Wave 1
compliant solution. In addition, TI has incorporated Wave 2 permutation
functions to hasten the adoption of the advanced multi-antenna signal
processing features such as MIMO and beamforming which are defined as
part of the WiMAX Forum Wave 2 feature set. TI's software library is a
key component of its 1 GHz, DSP-based wireless infrastructure solution
supporting the evolution of the mobile WiMAX standard. For more
information, please visit: www.ti.com/wimaxwi.
TI's carrier grade WiMAX software library follows an extensive
development and testing process, making it easy to integrate into both
OEM products and service provider networks. The rigorous testing and
responsive customer support of this library drastically reduces internal
development costs for equipment manufacturers. The targeted processor
for this code is the TMS320TCI6482, TI's high performance digital signal
processor (DSP), providing OEMs the power and flexibility to develop a
customized platform specific to their system requirements. The ease of
integration offered by TI's software library creates opportunities to
collaborate with solutions providers and develop technology that reaches
beyond basic WiMAX functionality, setting the stage for complete,
end-to-end base band systems.
"We are collaborating with TI to develop an 802.16e demonstration
system, fully integrated with the necessary hardware and software
components, including Tata Elxsi MAC software, to assist OEMs with
effortless integration of WiMAX-compliant solutions into their network
infrastructure," said Nitin Pai, Tata Elxsi's head of marketing. "The
flexibility features offered by TI's software library was tremendously
advantageous from a business perspective, as several of our customers
are realizing the importance of selecting technology that can already
support certification requirements and infrastructure requirements for
WiMAX and other emerging air interface standards."
The software library can be easily customized and upgraded to support
added functionalities to meet future 802.16e certification requirements.
By providing the Wave 2 permutation schemes in this first release of the
library, the highly-optimized software enables customers to
differentiate their wireless applications with enhanced features and
With mobile WiMAX rapidly emerging on the broadband wireless front, the
need for swift, seamless interoperability testing is becoming
increasingly necessary. The five wave requirements established by the
WiMAX Forum define a rigorous certification process, with
interoperability testing labs demonstrating compliance among service and
solutions providers and ultimately providing feature-rich, high-speed
broadband wireless access via WiMAX. TI's WiMAX software development
closely follows the Forum's certification requirements and is committed
to providing software to meet the needs of WiMAX system designers. "Our
mobile WiMAX software development is directly linked to the activity and
requirements of the WiMAX Forum and 802.16e standard. We continue to
monitor the standard and update our software according to any changes or
modifications that may arise in the corrigendum," said Arnon Friedmann,
TI's communications infrastructure software manager.
Friedmann continues, "The delivery of high-quality, carrier grade
software is a critical component in our overall wireless strategy
allowing our customers to focus on their own differentiating features
since the basic signal processing functions are provided by TI. This is
achieved by providing a flexible software library allowing our customers
to easily integrate their unique components and intellectual property
into the overall system."
TI will be attending WiMAX World on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 through
Thursday, October 12, 2006 in booth number 525 to introduce its
comprehensive WiMAX technology portfolio, and demonstrate how each of
TI's solution components equip OEMs with the network infrastructure
necessary to fulfill the requirements of emerging wireless standards.
TI's upgraded software library, with feature enhancements that support
multiple waves of WiMAX compliance, is available now.
Aricent's SigASN is a
platform-independent Signaling Module and forms the core component of
the WiMAX ASN Gateway. The solution is a WiMAX standards based
off-the-shelf, software signaling framework, which enables
Telecommunication Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs) to quickly develop
WiMAX (802.16e) ASN Gateways.
A member of the WiMAX
Forum, Aricent has been actively tracking the WiMAX technology in
conformance with the Network Working Group (NWG) Forum's roadmap of
ASNGateway specfication for various Profiles. This has aided Aricent to
effectively evolve its SigASN product in step with the progression of
the WiMAX specifications, ensuring that its customers are shielded from
added costs of technology upgrades. In addition, Aricent's comprehensive
set of IP-based Datacom offerings, such as Radius, DHCP, and IGMP, serve
as building blocks for the ASN Gateway. Aricent SigASN solution is the
most comprehensive ASN GW framework available and with its continuing
investment in evolution, ensures that the customer is assured of a
standards-based solution being available for deployment and technology
The following figure
illustrates SigASN's placement in a WiMAX ASN gateway:
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