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Sidewinder, which Cambridge Consultants claims is the smallest commercially available 2G and 3G small-cell platform available, is designed for integration into mobile phones, as well as into base station or mobile units for police, emergency services and other professional radio users.

Cambridge Consultants claims Sidewinder is built for the changing broadband mobile market, to which it offers a low-cost device intended to help developers create products that can be adapted as new wireless standards and technologies emerge.

Using a flexible radio device from Lime Microsystems and Picochip’s PC312 Femtocell Baseband SoC, Sidewinder offers low a DSP, ARM application processor and low power consumption that make it suitable for some battery-powered applications.

It can be provided either as hardware supplied directly by Cambridge Consultants or, alternatively, as a reference design that can be manufactured by licensees.

Key features

  • Operates at any carrier frequency from 375MHz to 4GHz, with a channel bandwidth from 200kHz to 28MHz
  • Supports GSM link ranges greater than 40m indoors and 200m outdoors
  • Software configurable between GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and other SDR applications
  • Suitable for some battery-powered applications
  • Compatible with Cambridge Consultants’ Centaur GSM/EDGE PHY software reference
  • Compatible with WCDMA software from Picochip
  • Available as both hardware and reference design
  • Can be provided with the Centaur GSM PHY as a complete development platform

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