Freescale DSP technology enables highly flexible ZTE multi-standard wireless base stations

High performance MSC8156 DSP supports a wide range of wireless air interface standards enabled by software upgrades

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ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has selected Freescale Semiconductor's six-core MSC8156 digital signal processor (DSP) to power a flexible baseband platform for its software definable radio (SDR) base stations. Using the highly programmable Freescale DSP, ZTE can develop wireless base stations capable of supporting a range of wireless standards including 3G-LTE,TD-SCDMA, WiMAX and WCDMA.

ZTE is a worldwide pioneer in deploying SDR base stations, which can be upgraded from 3G to 4G standards with a simple software update. SDR-based solutions dramatically simplify wireless network evolution and provide a solid foundation for multi-mode wireless networks. Highly programmable DSPs that support SDR help wireless carriers lower capital investments and enable seamless network evolution.

"This design win continues the successful track record that ZTE and Freescale have established in collaborating to create world-class wireless infrastructure solutions," said Dr. Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Freescale's Networking & Multimedia Group. "As the demand continues to grow worldwide for additional bandwidth, Freescale is pleased to work with ZTE to create industry-leading multi-standard 3G/4G solutions."

In addition to exceptional programmability, Freescale's flagship MSC8156 DSP also offers ZTE outstanding computational performance. The DSP core technology that powers the MSC8156 product recently garnered top benchmark results from independent signal-processing technology analysis firm Berkeley Design Technology, Inc. (BDTI). Freescale's SC3850 core earned the highest fixed-point BDTImark2000(TM) score of any DSP architecture tested by BDTI to date.

"Freescale's multi-standard technology helps us deliver true SDR base station solutions that lower total cost of ownership and ease network upgrades for the industry's top wireless carriers," said Mr. Zhao Xian Ming, Senior Vice President of ZTE Corporation. "Leveraging Freescale technology means our customers can be assured that ZTE equipment is powered by some of the most advanced silicon in the world."

About MSC8156 DSP technology

The MSC8156 is based on 45-nm advanced process technology. It includes multi standard acceleration technology that adds flexibility and reduces costs for OEMs. An onboard Multi-Accelerator Platform Engine technology for baseband, called MAPLE-B, works in concert with the six high performance and fully programmable DSP cores to support 3G-LTE,TD-SCDMA, WiMAX and WCDMA standards.

About ZTE

ZTE is a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually every sector of the wireline, wireless, service and terminals markets. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to over 500 operators in more than 140 countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while achieving continued revenue growth. ZTE's 2009 revenue led the industry with a 36 percent increase to USD 8,820.7 million. ZTE commits 10 percent of its revenue to research and development and takes a leading role in a wide range of international bodies developing emerging telecoms standards. A company with sound corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, ZTE is a member of the UN Global Compact. ZTE is China's only listed telecom manufacturer, publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit
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