Altera and Escape Communications today announced the availability of a high-performance, cost-effective and scalable microwave modem solution that enables rapid system development and accelerates production shipments for microwave backhaul and fronthaul applications.
The ESM-5008 integrates TI’s 12-bit, 800-MSPS ADC (ADS5402) and 16-bit, 1.25 GSPS DAC (DAC5682Z) on a compact 159x159mm board and is provided with link management software. To provide support for both traditional and emerging millimetre applications, the platform operates with multiple microwave and millimetre-wave modules Altera and Escape will demonstrate full compatibility with the Infineon BGT70_80 SMB1 RF E-band millimetre-wave module at Mobile World Congress 2015, which takes place from 2nd to 5th March.
“Altera and Escape have developed a ready-for market microwave backhaul platform that integrates all the key components for a microwave backhaul and fronthaul solution enabling fast-time-to-market,” said Mike Fitton, Director of Wireless, Communications Business Unit, Altera. “Altera will continue to support the emerging microwave backhaul market with industry-leading SoC FPGAs as the required data rate continues to expand.”
Mike Stewart, CEO and Founder, Escape Communications, commented: “We are pleased to provide this cost-effective, market-ready solution to the emerging V- and E-band markets. This solution, with its integration with our analogue and RF partners, shortens the time-to-market for equipment providers, and several OEMs are now driving these into the market. The Escape backhaul modem IP is currently optimised for use on the Altera Cyclone V and Arria V FPGAs and SoCs operating at bandwidths of up to 1GHz and modulation types from QPSK to 4096 QAM.”