Mindspeed Technologies

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Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
Type Public (NASDAQMSPD)
Industry Semiconductors
Electronics
Founded 2003-June-27
Headquarters Flag of the United States.svg Newport Beach, California, USA
Key people Raouf Y. Halim (President, CEO)
Products Integrated Circuits
Wireless networks
Mobile communications
Network Switches
Digital Subscriber Line
VoIP
crosspoint switches
FTTx
Revenue $162 million USD (2011)
Employees 550 (2012)
Website www.mindspeed.com

Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. designs, develops and sells semiconductor solutions for communications applications in wireless and wireline network infrastructure markets.[1] The company is a fabless semiconductor manufacturer.

Products[edit]

Mindspeed’s semiconductor portfolio is classified into four main product families: wireless, communications convergence processing (CCP), high-performance analog (HPA) and wide area networking (WAN) communications.

Wireless[edit]

Mindspeed’s products are used in wireless infrastructure and small cell base-stations. The company's ARM-based processing solutions include low-power, multi-core digital signal processor system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for fixed and mobile (3G/4G) carrier infrastructure (the Transcede® family) and Picochip's SoCs for 3G (HSPA) femtocells and small cells.

Mindspeed launched the Transcede® family of wireless baseband processors[2] in 2010, including the single-core Transcede 3000, which serves the eNodeB processing needs of a picocell, while consuming less than 10 watts (W) of power, and the dual-core Transcede 4000, which delivers three sectors of LTE processing for macro cells serving thousands of subscribers. The Transcede 4000 integrates 26 programmable processors into a single device,[3] including two ARM® Cortex A9® multi-core symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) reduced instruction set computer (RISC) processors, 10 CEVA (digital signal processors (DSPs) and 10 DSP accelerators, enabling equipment manufacturers to fully support the complete processing needs of single- and multi-sector base stations using the WCDMA/HSPA, LTE, LTE time-division duplex (TD-LTE), time division synchronous code division multiple access (TD-SCDMA, in China) and other air-interface standards.

The Transcede 4000 processor was honored as the Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough at the 2010 Mobile Excellence Awards.[4]

Following the acquisition of Picochip, that company's small cell SoC products are part of Mindspeed's Wireless Business Unit.

Communications Convergence Processing (CCP)[edit]

Mindspeed’s ARM-based processing solutions include low-power, multi-core digital signal processor system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for residential and enterprise platforms (the Comcerto® Product line) and carrier-grade VoIP systems.

These are embedded packet processors for a wide variety of applications ranging from high-end VoIP enabled home gateways, small-to-midsized business (SMB) security appliances to Ethernet powered 802.11n enterprise access points. The Comcerto family are based on ARM host processors.

Mindspeed announced the new generation of this family, the Comcerto 2000 in June 2012.[5]

High-Performance Analog (HPA)[edit]

The company’s analog product portfolio includes high-density crosspoint switches, optical drivers, equalization and signal-conditioning solutions that solve switching, timing and synchronization challenges in next-generation fiber optic communications, Optical Transport Network (OTN), enterprise storage and broadcast video transmission applications.

The high-performance analog transmission devices and switching products support storage area network, fiber-to-the-premise, OTN and broadcast video typically operating at data transmission rates between 155 megabits per second (Mbit/s) and 10 gigabits per second (Gbit/s).

The transmission products include laser drivers, transimpedance amplifiers, post amplifiers, clock and data recovery circuits, signal conditioners, serializers/deserializers, video reclockers, cable drivers and line equalizers. These products serve as the connection between a fiber optic or coaxial cable component interface and the remainder of the electrical subsystem in various network equipment.

The switching products include a family of high-speed crosspoint switches capable of switching traffic beyond 8 Gbit/s within various types of network switching equipment. Typical equipment applications for switching products include OTN systems, add-drop multiplexers, high-density IP switches and storage-area routers. In addition, crosspoint switches are used for broadcast video routing and production switching applications.

Wide Area Networking[edit]

The legacy WAN communications portfolio includes carrier Ethernet devices, Layer 2 processors, T-carrier and E-carrier devices and symmetric digital subscriber line (SDSL) solutions.

History[edit]

Mindspeed Technologies was formed from the spin-off of the Network Access division of Conexant Systems, Inc. to shareowners on June 27, 2003; creating two independent, publicly traded communications semiconductor companies.[1]

Conexant Systems was established four years earlier when Rockwell International spun off its Rockwell Semiconductor Systems (RSS) division[6] to shareholders as an independent company focused exclusively on providing semiconductor products for communications electronics. The Network Access division (which became Mindspeed) helped to develop and commercialize 56kbps client-side and central-site modem technology in the mid- to late-1990s that was used to deploy dial-up Internet access services offered by Internet Service Providers (ISPs).[1]

As an independent company, Mindspeed used its experience in analog and mixed-signal communications semiconductor technology to create multi-core packet-processing devices for Voice over IP (VoIP) gateways, routers and other communications systems.

In January 2012, Mindspeed acquired British company Picochip for about $52 million.[7]

Mindspeed acquired by MACOM [8] and Mindspeed wireless acquired by Intel.

Manufacturing[edit]

Mindspeed is a Fabless semiconductor company. It outsources all semiconductor manufacturing to merchant foundries, such as TSMC, Samsung and others.

Competitors[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Conexant Spins Off Mindspeed". EDN. March 24, 2003. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Ron (January 26, 2010). "Mindspeed visualizes an opening in the base-station market". EDN. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  3. ^ Merritt, Rick (August 23, 2010). "Update: Mindspeed describes 26-core basestation DSP". EE Times. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  4. ^ "Mobile Excellence Award Winners". CisionWire. December 7, 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  5. ^ Maxfield, Clive (6/11/2012). "Mindspeed's multi-core ARM Cortex-A-based comms processor family". EE Times. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  6. ^ "Conexant Begins Operations as Independent Company Following Spin-Off from Rockwell". Business Wire. January 4, 1999. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  7. ^ Ben Rooney (6 January 2012). "Small-Cell Maker Picochip Acquired by Mindspeed". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.macom.com/about/news-and-events/news-archive/row-col1/news-archive/macom-news-list-archive/macom-successfully-completes-ten

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