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3G Base Station Design & Wireless Network Economics
Innovations in the design of radio base stations the highest volume product in the $56 billion mobile infrastructure market are set to have a strong and positive impact on the cost structure of wireless networks worldwide.

This report examines the market forces shaping the design and implementation of next-generation cellular base stations, and analyzes individual vendor strategies for capitalizing on the emerging economic structures enabled by modular and standards-based equipment design.

Conflicting requirements for low-cost, flexible, and future-proof wireless base stations are driving demand for equipment that can be cost-effectively adapted to a wide variety of applications and markets, finds the report.

Modular designs provide the flexibility to evolve subsystems and components at different rates, take advantage of a competitive supplier base, and serve multiple markets off a common platform. This has significant implications for equipment providers seeking to develop multiprotocol, multi-radio strategies.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (uni1006_toc.pdf)
As the most expensive component of any base station design, the radio frequency (RF) Head, and power amplifier (PA) in particular, is critical to the overall base station cost structure. Excerpt 1 shows the trend in power efficiency a key metric for RF subsystems for both digital pre-distortion (DPD) and feedforward (FF) linearization PAs over time. The two trend lines depict a digital-input transceiver and multi-carrier power amplifier (MCPA) with the same output power in an attempted like-for-like comparison.
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Many vendors now see baseband Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) development as a high-risk, high-cost strategy, and increasingly the balance of power is shifting toward more programmable Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGAs), for the reasons shown in Excerpt 2.
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Companies featured in this report include: Alcatel (NYSE: ALA); Altera Corp. (Nasdaq: ALTR); Alvarion Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR); Analog Devices Inc. (NYSE: ADI); Andrew Corp. (Nasdaq: ANDW); Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERICY); Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU); Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT); Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK); Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT); PicoChip Designs Ltd.; Powerwave Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: PWAV); Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE); SR Telecom Inc. (Toronto: SRX); Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN); and Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX).
Total pages: 30
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