Cavium and Quortus unite to turn small cells into site-specific mobile networks

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Semiconductor maker Cavium and software company Quortus have teamed up to release products that they claim will transform small cells into site-specific mobile networks for the likes of the safety, emergency services and defence sectors.

Cavium will embed Quortus' software Evolved Packet Core onto its Octeon Fusion range of System on Chip (SoC) processors for small cell base stations. Both companies said the combination of Cavium's processors, LTE stack software and cheap and energy efficient eNodeB designs with Quortus' software allows the base stations to operate without needing to be connected to a remote centralised core.

This new product will be targeted at the public sector who are involved in first response. Both companies said that with the likes of the military or emergency services, communications or power infrastructure may not be enough to cope with demands.

Andy Odgers, CEO, Quortus, commented: “For emergency services and the military, being able to easily access the communications tools they need is paramount; this makes portability and flexibility a must. The Octeon Fusion provides significant processing capability with very low-power usage. When combined with our EPC it can support a full mobile network in a package small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. We look forward to a continued relationship with Cavium that will see us provide elegant and efficient small cell solutions to this market.”

Raj Singh, General Manager of Cavium’s Wireless Broadband Group, added: "We are focused on offering deployment-ready hardware and software solutions to our OEM and ODM customers. By partnering with Quortus we are able to leverage their core network expertise to offer a complete mobile network solution ­ radio and core ­all in one box.”

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