Lyrtech RD and CTTC launch WiMAX and LTE FPGA-based IP

Lyrtech RD Inc., a worldwide leader in digital signal processing technologies, announced today that it is teaming up with the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) located in Barcelona (Spain) to bring to market a new generation of FPGA-based WiMAX transceivers named BeMImoMAX in a two-phase project.

The CTTC felt that its already existing BeMImoMAX IP, developed on previous-generation Lyrtech RD hardware was mature enough to be brought to market and has once again decided to partner with Lyrtech RD to do so with its Virtex-6 and µTCA product lineup.

The twofold project first involves marketing the existing CTTC IP on Lyrtech RD hardware. This real-time prototype features the PHY layer of mobile WiMAX (point-to-point, TDD, DL, matrix-A) with a 2×2 MIMO antenna scheme. BeMImoMAX is fully proven using Lyrtech RD hardware and other heterogeneous equipment comprising CTTC’s GEDOMIS® testbed.

The second phase of the project involves the migration of the IP to better performing, more powerful hardware—the µSDR42X µTCA system. This migration should make the solution more appealing to the telecommunications market, because it uses the µTCA form factor, widely adopted in the industry, and because it is designed around powerful Virtex-6 FPGAs.

“We are extremely confident about the future of this technology,” said Martin Turgeon, product line manager at Lyrtech RD. “Mobile WiMAX and long-term evolution (LTE) are both growing broadband wireless access technology markets. The FPGA-based PHY technologies of WiMAX and LTE developed by the CTTC are unique and offer high performance and versatility running on generic FPGAs. Using BeMImoMAX and the forthcoming LTE prototype on Lyrtech RD’s µSDR42X in conjunction with its software development tools forms a comprehensive RF-to-baseband turnkey solution.”

“CTTC is glad to achieve the technology transfer of the BeMImoMAX IP in partnership with a renowned FPGA board manufacturer like Lyrtech RD,” said Nikolaos Bartzoudis, project manager and researcher at the CTTC. “We look forward to releasing the LTE-based prototype and expand this collaboration to include other high-performance IPs. Lyrtech RD’s µSDR42X platforms provide us the means to prototype complex DSP algorithms targeting 4G or beyond communication systems.”


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