Cavium, Quortus partner on rapidly deployable small cells for public safety

Cavium and Quortus are combining their respective technologies to create portable small cell networks that can be rapidly deployed for site-specific applications in public safety, emergency services and military environments.

Specifically, the companies are embedding Quortus' software evolved packet core (EPC) on Cavium's Octeon Fusion family of system-on-chip (SoC) processors for LTE and 3G small cell base stations. The ultimate goal is the ability to create a self-contained, easily deployed small cell network that can function with no connection to a remote, centralized core.

"By embedding Quortus' EPC on the Octeon Fusion processor, the entire functionality of a mobile network can be held on the same chip; this means that a single small cell can become a highly portable mobile network," said the companies.

"Furthermore, placing the radio and core layer on the same chip reduces the complexity of interaction between both layers, enabling the implementation of advanced functionality such as meshing, macro mobility and satellite backhaul optimization features in a more efficient way," they added.

Small cells are increasingly being eyed for use in public-safety and military deployments where suitable communications networks have never existed or are no longer functioning. Other companies specifically pursuing this angle include Athena Wireless and PureWave Networks.

For more:
- see this joint release

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