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Cambridge Consultants to demo low-cost ($1) Pizzicato SDR technology at MWC 2015 using FPGA prototype

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SDR (Software Defined Radio) is the wireless Holy Grail and Cambridge Consultants will be demonstrating the newest success in reaching that goal at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona next month. The company’s Pizzicato technology “can achieve 3 Gbits/second digital output at up to 1.5 GHz while consuming less than 300 mW and delivering up to 1mW to the antenna,” according to an EETimes article by Jessica Lipsky. The article also states: “a core and software for an all-digital radio transmitter that could cost less than $1.” However, that’s with the technology embodied in a 28nm ASIC. The technology will be embedded in a Xilinx FPGA at next month’s MWC 2015 demo. According to the EETimes article, “The demonstrator is able to emulate 14 basestations with a single signal, running at 900 MHz for 2G technology and test equipment, and able to cover 100 MHz of spectrum. The company thinks it can hit rates beyond 100 Gbits/s.”


According to a Cambridge Consultants blog, “Pizzicato uses patent-pending algorithms to achieve the ultra-fast computations – required for the multi-gigabit per second stream – to be performed in real time without degrading the signal.”


Conclusion: If you need to get a technology working fast—like for a major trade show—Xilinx All Programmable devices are your best friends.

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