February 25, 2013
ASOCS Ltd, a Silicon IP provider of Software Defined Radio solutions and CMRI, Research Institute of CMCC Ltd. (NYSE: CHL; HKEx: 0941), the world's largest Mobile Operator, announced today the signing of a strategic memorandum of understanding for the joint development, commercialization, testing and deployment of large-scale baseband processing units for China Mobile's next generation Cloud-RAN network.
Earlier trials undertaken by leading mobile operators, identified the bottleneck of Centralized Base-band Units ("BBU"), consisting of general purpose CPU ("CPU") to perform massive and concurrent baseband calculations in cost and power efficient manner. The solution was to introduce significant offloading capabilities of such calculations with highly specialized Modem Processing Units ("MPU").
Today there is a growing understanding in the industry that such MPU should support a wide range of system partitioning, topologies and real time system performance, including large scale Collaborative Multi-point communications ("CoMP") and massive MIMO.
Moreover, since communication algorithms are evolving over time, and since the C-RAN concept provisions on-the-fly reconfiguration of the BBU to support a variety of mobile communication standards, an MPU solution which is re-configurable at runtime has a great advantage over traditional hard-wired designs.
ASOCS Software Defined Radio ("SDR") based ModemX architecture is ideally positioned for this task, allowing for optimal CPU-MPU partitioning while offering cost- and power-efficient solution, coupled with massive processing capacity.
"C-RAN is the green radio access network initiated by China Mobile with the aim of large capacity, low cost and high power efficiency," said Dr. Chihlin I, chief scientist of CMRI. "We believe that by collaborating with ASOCS, Network Equipment Vendors will be able to accelerate and optimize their development of high capacity Cloud Ran systems. The goal of CMRI is to realize C-RAN by closely co-operating with key stakeholders in the industry."