Freescale made its mark at this year’s Super Mobility Week, powered by
CTIA. One of the largest cellular trade shows in North America, the show
focused on the need for constant high-speed connectivity everywhere and with
significantly increasing user density, mostly due to the rapid rise in the
number of machine to machine (M2M) wireless connections and the Internet of
Things (IoT) enabled devices for the home.
In the past, most households had a few wireless devices — a couple of
cell phones, tablets and laptops — that was it. Now and into the
future, when you count smart smoke detectors, thermostats, burglar alarms,
appliance monitors, personal health monitors, motion tracking devices and an
unending list of other devices the number of wireless-enabled devices will
range from 20 to 50 or more — think IoT.
This massive increase in wireless density will drive the need for higher
performance communication standards, such as the current concepts that the
industry is exploring for 5G networks.
In addition to the growth in the number of devices, operators are forecasting
the need for lower latency and higher bandwidth. This requires smaller
wireless base stations to meet the demand in the limited radio spectrum that
wireless operators own. Microcells, picocells and even in-home
femtocells will become increasingly more common components of the
heterogeneous wireless network that will support this wireless growth.
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To assist with the small cell rollout, Freescale announced the availability of
VortiQa LTE-TDD Layer 1 baseband software
small cell SoCs. LTE-TDD allows network operators to deploy networks in
smaller spectrum allocations, and LTE-TDD networks are operating in China,
Japan, India and North America today. Freescale also announced that the QorIQ
Qonverge B4860 and BSC9131 SoCs were selected by
Airvana to power their OneCell™ small cell solution. The Airvana OneCell™ won best product in the CTIA E-Tech
In-Building Wireless category, showing how our customers are using the
scalability and flexibility of the QorIQ Qonverge family to create innovative
solutions for the wireless networking market.
Yes, it is a great time to be a part of the connected world, and Freescale is
a major player in this high-growth market. Freescale provides the
QorIQ Qonverge baseband processors,
for IoT processing,
and ZigBee-based MCUs running IPv6, along with the analog RF power amplifier
components that help make it all happen.
It is good to be connected and that is what this year’s Super Mobility
Week was all about!
Contributions from Leonard Pelletier, Freescale RF Applications Engineer
and Jeffrey Steinheider, Freescale Product Marketer for Small Cell SoCs