ASOCS teams with China Mobile on Cloud-RAN networks

The agreement for the joint development of large-scale baseband processing units for China Mobile's Cloud-RAN network could earn ASOCS tens of millions of dollars.

ASOCS Ltd., a Silicon IP provider of software defined radio solutions and CMRI, Research Institute of China Mobile (CMCC) Ltd. (NYSE: CHL; HKEX: 0941), the world's largest mobile operator, have signed 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, consisting of general purpose CPU, to perform major baseband calculations in cost and power efficient management. 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. 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 undertakes this task, allowing for optimal CPU-MPU partitioning while offering a cost- and power-efficient solution, coupled with massive processing capacity.

CMRI chief scientist Dr. Chihlin I said, "C-RAN is the green radio access network initiated by China Mobile with the aim of large capacity, low cost and high power efficiency. 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."

ASOCS CEO Gilad Garon said, "ASOCS is pleased to take part in the development of a crucial element in the C-RAN overall solution by closely collaborating with CMRI. ASOCS Silicon IP Modem Processing Unit (MPU), implemented on our Software Defined Radio platform is ideally suited for massive processing of baseband pool of any current and future cellular technology and is yet more proof of ASOCS' long-term strategy based on its groundbreaking ModemX technology."

ASOCS was founded in 2003 by Garon and is headquartered in Rosh Ha'ayin. The deal with China Telecom could be worth tens of millions of dollars for the Israeli company.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on February 27, 2013

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