Wintegra Announces Third Generation Universal Front End FPGA IP Core

Wintegra, a market leader in access processing semiconductors, announced the availability of its third generation Universal Front End (UFE3) IP core for high channel density wireless backhaul designs. The UFE3 IP core enhances Wintegra’s cellular infrastructure solution set and offers carriers a cost effective way to migrate their current voice centric cellular solutions to high-capacity data-plus-voice capable designs.

As cellular networks expand to accommodate more and more wireless data, wireless backhaul technologies are evolving to provide higher bandwidth bidirectional communication links between cell sites and central offices. Carrier Ethernet is becoming the cost effective conduit of this combined voice and data traffic. Carriers using systems based on the UFE3 IP core plus Wintegra’s WinPath2 processors at the central office now have a highly efficient solution for a bi-directional conversion of their 8064 legacy DS0 channels to Gigabit ethernet and then utilize Carrier Ethernet as the link to remote cell sites. The UFE3 enables a fully channelized application running any protocol including PWE3 (Pseudo Wire End to End Emulation), MC/ML-PPP (Multi-Class Multi-Link PPP), IMA (Inverse Multiplexing over ATM), MFR (Multilink Frame Relay) etc. Like its predecessor, the second generation UFE2, the UFE3 also incorporates the state-of-the-art clock recovery support for SAToP (Structure-Agnostic TDM over Packet) and CESoPSN (Structure-Aware TDM Circuit Emulation Service over Packet Switched Network) for applications where accurate timing and synchronization are critical such as cellular infrastructure systems.

“UFE3 broadens our well established wireless backhaul offering from 8 T1/E1 lines all the way to 336 T1/252 E1 lines, allowing existing circuits to transmitted over Carrier-class IP networks,” said Robert O’Dell, EVP of Marketing and Sales at Wintegra. “It reinforces our position and strategy on wireless backhaul by offering a one stop solution for 2G and 3G wireless aggregation.”

The UFE3 IP core provides great flexibility and customization, allowing customers to tailor TDM interfaces and channel densities from 24xT1/E1, 1xOC-3/STM-1, 2xOC-3/STM-1 and up to 4xOC-3/STM-1 or 1xOC-12/STM-4. Like UFE2, UFE3 continues to provide a glueless interface to PMC-Sierra’s highly successful TEMUX® family of framer and mappers, including its latest TEMUX 336 and TEMUX 168 devices, which integrate 4xOC-3/STM-1 or OC-12/STM-4 and 2xOC-3/STM-1 framer and mappers respectively.

“PMC-Sierra and Wintegra are strategic partners in the wireless backhaul market and share many joint high-density channelized customer designs in North America, Europe and Asia,” said Babak Samimi, director of strategic marketing at PMC-Sierra. “Wintegra and PMC-Sierra are enabling system OEMs to offer the highest density solution to meet wireless data growth, while addressing carrier requirements to support multi-services over a converged packet network.”

The UFE3 soft core is verified on the Altera Stratix II FPGA. A reference board is available from Wintegra featuring Altera’s Stratix II FPGA and PMC-Sierra’s TEMUX 336.

About Wintegra
Wintegra is a leading provider of access processing semiconductors enabling the delivery of new services for the evolving communications network infrastructure. Its access processors and networking software provide the essential intelligence and upgradeability for infrastructure equipment to support the emerging networks based on the convergence of voice, video, data and wireless services. Wintegra-based solutions are available for a wide range of communication platforms such as wireless infrastructure, digital subscriber line, or DSL, Multi-service Access, voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, and access routers and are used by many of the leading telecom and networking equipment manufacturers worldwide.