ZTE selected Altera Corporation’s (NASDAQ:ALTR) Stratix® II FPGAs for ZTE’s new TD-SCDMA Remote Radio Units (RRUs). In the ZTE RRU, the Stratix II device performs all major digital intermediate frequency (IF) functions. TD-SCDMA is the third-generation (3G) mobile telecommunications standard for China, and has been adopted by the 3GPP standards body. The growth of the standard has led to increased interest and participation across the telecommunications industry. In addition, RRUs will be widely used because of the smart antenna requirement in TD-SCDMA.
The ZTE RRU offering provides new heights of functionality and capability. The Altera® Stratix II device performs functions that would have required multiple ASSPs, providing board space, reliability and power consumption advantages. In addition, the Stratix II FPGA allows remote in-field hardware upgrades of the RRU, which is impossible with ASSPs.