ZTE is preparing TDD/FDD LTE multimode base station system on chips (SoCs) based upon the CEVA-XC programmable digital signal processor (DSP). CEVA claims the DSP will enable ZTE to develop a software-defined radio platform that can support multiple air interface standards, including LTE and 3G.
ZTE's decision to adopt the CEVA-XC for its base station roadmap "is a strong endorsement of our DSP technologies serving this high-performance market," said Gideon Wertheizer, CEO of CEVA.
Mountain View, Calif.-based CEVA claims it is the leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores. The company has more than more than 45 baseband design wins to date, including more than 25 design wins for LTE and LTE-Advanced.
The win with ZTE, China's second-largest maker of telecommunications network equipment, could ultimately be quite significant for CEVA, as the Chinese infrastructure vendor could make considerable gains when China Mobile names its TD-LTE network suppliers later this year.
However, ZTE has a lot of catching up to do in the overall LTE infrastructure market. According to a new report from Informa Telecoms & Media, Huawei has accounted for 40 percent of LTE network contract awards with Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) following at 34 percent. Nokia Solutions and Networks came in at No. 3 with 17 percent, and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU), ZTE, Samsung Electronics and NEC have attracted a total of 9 percent of allocated LTE contracts among them.
- see this Ceva release
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