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Texas Instruments and NSN Collaborate on Indoor Small Cell Base Stations

Next generation of small cell equipment pushes the boundary of users and features in enterprise settings

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS -- Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN), and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), the world's specialist in mobile broadband, announced their collaboration on NSN's next generation of indoor small cell base stations.  Based on NSN's Flexi Zone suite of products, the new indoor small cell base stations are expected to support a record 400 active indoor users, compared to 32 users supported today, in a power over Ethernet envelope.  Furthermore, by utilizing TI's KeyStone SoCs to power the next generation indoor FlexiZone small cells, NSN is able to offer a macro parity leading solution.

"From our in depth discussions with service providers, we understand how critical it is for suppliers like TI to facilitate interoperability between outdoor macro cells, outdoor small cells and indoor small cells," said Troy Coleman, Product Line Manager, Small Cell Base Stations, Texas Instruments. "By selecting our KeyStone SoCs across a range of wireless infrastructure products, NSN is effectively addressing the operators' needs with a high performance, low power solution enabling scalability and interoperability across platforms."

NSN's new Flexi Zone base stations are the industry's smallest indoor and outdoor micro/pico cells and provide the same capacity and features as macro-cellular base stations, offering 30% lower overall total cost of ownership than conventional small cells and providing much improved performance thanks to advanced HetNet coordination and interference management features.

"Flexi Zone range of small cells are the industry first indoor and outdoor small cells to offer full software macro parity, enabling the deployment of high performance HetNet that lower total cost of ownership while offering significant capacity to deal with hot spots, hot zones or provide indoor services for multiple operators' subscribers," said Randy Cox, head of Small Cells product management at NSN. "By leveraging the programmability of TI's KeyStone SoCs we are able to offer a much reduced total cost of ownership as the macro software parity makes it easier for operators to tightly couple the macro and small cell network layers hence better manage interference, simplify interoperability, and reduce operations and maintenance impact."

About TI's KeyStone multicore architecture
Texas Instruments' KeyStone multicore architecture is the platform for true multicore innovation, offering developers a robust portfolio of high performance, low-power multicore devices. Unleashing breakthrough performance, the KeyStone architecture is the foundation upon which TI's new TMS320C66x DSP generation was developed. KeyStone differs from any other multicore architecture as it has the capacity to provide full processing capability to every core in a multicore device. KeyStone-based devices are optimized for high performance markets including wireless base stations, mission critical, test and automation, medical imaging and high performance computing. Learn more at

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at

About Nokia Solutions and Networks
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) is the world's specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world's most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 11.3 billion euros in 2013. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation.

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