Mobile WiMAX Basestation Technology Platform
20080603 - 20091103
Mr Jiadong Ou
The project deliverables are listed in the following. 1. System Design (T+10) • System Requirements and Specification • System Architecture and Design • System Test & Verification Methodology • PHY Simulation Platform Development 2. DSP Design and Implementation (T+14) • DSP Architecture Design • DSP Module Design and Coding • DSP Testing and Verification 3. FPGA Development (T+13) • Architecture Design • RTL Simulation Platform Development • FPGA Implementation • Test and Verification 4. MAC Design and implementation (T+15) • MAC Architecture Design • MAC Modules Design, Coding, Integration and Testing • MAC Sub-System Test Environment Development • PHY-MAC System Integration • MAC Interoperability Test 5. Hardware Board Design (T+13) • Hardware Specification • Schematic design • Layout Design • Board Design and Assembly 6. BSP Design (T+11) • RTOS Environment Development • Driver Development • Driver Testing and Verification 7. System Integration and Testing (T+16) • System Test Plan • System Performance Test Report 8. At least Three Patent Applications with possible areas on (T+13) • Hybrid algorithms for QoS scheduling in WiMax basestation • A decoupled QoS framework for WiMax base station • Efficient MIMO decoding 9. Industrial Collaboration and Matching (>10%, T+9) 10. Project Final Report (T+17) 11. Project Demonstration (T+17)
This project aims to develop mobile WiMAX basestation platform for commercial applications. The project is a continuation of ITF project Advanced Broadband Wireless Technology Platform. While the previous project focused on developing a OFDM(A) broadband wireless access technology platform, this project aims to build upon the technology being developed for practical WiMAX basestation applications. To accomplish the project objective, product and application driven R&D methodology will be adopted. Some major development and design tasks to be completed include the following: a) more complete PHY functions and features would be developed and implemented to be compliant with IEEE 802.16e standard and WiMAX Forum recommendation; b) key MAC functions and features would be developed and designed for WiMAX protocol stack; c) custom hardware platform, including digital, analog and RF modules would be developed; and d) comprehensive testing and verification procedures and methodologies would be developed to validate the overall performance and inter-operability. The project output would be suitable for various applications including mobile internet, video streaming, wireless surveillance, special applications for Micro cell, Pico cell, and possibly others. WiMAX technology has been the dominant technology for 4G broadband wireless radio access. The technology enables wireless broadband mobile wireless radio access where more traditional 2G and 3G cellular, or WiFi technologies cannot offer due to either its limited bandwidth, or fixed wireless access nature. The official adoption of WiMAX technology as one of 3G technologies by ITU further opens the door for WiMAX technology with more accessible frequency spectrum. The WiMAX technology has generated tremendous market momentum and opportunities for service providers, equipment/device vendors, and system integrators alike. The annual cumulative growth is expected to be 75% for the next five to ten years. The project to be developed at ASTRI is at the right market window and follows technology trend. The IPs and technology developed will enable wireless industry in Hong Kong, PRD, and China to ride on the technology and market waves and capitalize. After secured $1.446M HKD industry contribution in the previous project, ASTRI will receive additional approximately $1.6M industry contribution and royalty payment for the project proposed (LOI signed).