Ericsson partners with HP to drive mobile networking
Bilateral reseller agreement opens up enterprise market opportunities beyond Ericsson's carrier-grade Wi-Fi and provides go-to-market opportunities for Ericsson's industry-leading small cells through HP's global enterprise channels
Leverages HP's acquisition of Aruba Networks through integration of HP's enterprise WLAN technology into Ericsson RBS 6402 picocell
Global leaders in the mobile and enterprise industries, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) and Aruba Networks, an HP company, are joining forces to drive innovation in mobile networking. The companies will bring to market a ground-breaking set of Wi-Fi and LTE solutions providing customers with ubiquitous voice and data connectivity.
There is a rapidly growing need to maximize the benefits of licensed and unlicensed spectrum operating together in the Enterprise. To capture this business opportunity, Ericsson is incorporating Aruba's 802.11ac enterprise Wi-Fi technology into the Ericsson RBS 6402 indoor picocell. Carrying the Ericsson brand, the solution will work seamlessly with the rest of the Aruba Wi-Fi portfolio and with the Ericsson radio access network to deliver users pervasive connectivity indoors.
Ericsson and HP have also signed bilateral resale agreements. Ericsson can offer Aruba's enterprise Wi-Fi and connectivity solutions along with Ericsson's portfolio of mobility solutions and global services to customers worldwide. Additionally, these agreements allow HP to resell Ericsson's industry-leading licensed band indoor small cell solutions, and bring the full value of licensed and unlicensed mobile networking to HP's global base of enterprise customers.
The partners intend to collaborate in joint market initiatives to address opportunities for indoor coverage and mobility for enterprises and operators, making effective use of both licensed and unlicensed technologies and frequency bands.
Antonio Neri, Executive Vice President and General Manager for HP's Enterprise Group, says: "This expansion of our existing partnership with Ericsson will allow HP to deliver more solutions to meet our customers' growing needs for productivity in the workplace. Ericsson's global scale and market leadership in building mobile infrastructures with operators worldwide is an ideal complement to Aruba Networks' enterprise-wide networking solutions.Together we expect to transform the way mobile networks are deployed in order to stay ahead of the pace of mobile requirements."
Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson, says: "HP and Ericsson already have a successful track record working together. With the addition of Aruba Networks, HP has leap-frogged competitors, combining end-to-end enterprise solutions and global reach with innovation and market share. It's a powerful combination and a perfect complement to Ericsson's leadership in mobile infrastructure as we evolve to address new operator and enterprise opportunities."
New, high-performance indoor Wi-Fi, cloud controller options and integrated mobile broadband management strengthen Ericsson's heterogeneous networks differentiation
A smooth and seamless integration of Wi-Fi access is an increasingly important part of any mobile broadband service. Most smartphone users have experienced the frustration of being automatically connected to a Wi-Fi network only to face a noticeably slower connection speed.
To ensure users always get the best connection, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announces its 3GPP compliant Wi-Fi network access, control and management solutions. These enable mobile operators to easily incorporate Wi-Fi in their heterogeneous network strategy, while delivering a consistently high-performance user experience, even in high traffic areas. Incorporating Wi-Fi is a key focus of tier-one mobile operators.
Daryl Schoolar, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure at Ovum, said: "Ericsson has clearly differentiated its carrier Wi-Fi solution through tighter integration with mobile operator's 3GPP access, control and network management. This approach should yield a better end-user experience by preventing some of Wi-Fi's well-known bad habits from being imposed upon users. At the same time, operators should welcome the tight integration of Wi-Fi and mobile, as exemplified by Ericsson's solution, thanks to the benefits derived from improving network resource optimization and ease in implementing and delivering Wi-Fi service offerings."
Key to the user experience is an Ericsson industry-first feature that automatically selects the best connection: real-time traffic steering. Ericsson's real-time traffic steering is a software upgrade that constantly assesses key performance indicators in both the mobile 3GPP network and the Wi-Fi network before dynamically and seamlessly shifting the consumer's smartphone connection between networks. This ensures the best user experience and optimizes network resources. Real-time traffic steering is a network-driven feature requiring no user intervention or additional device software. Ericsson also now supports access selection, a self-optimizing network (SON) feature enabling load-balancing between Wi-Fi and 3GPP networks to optimize the average user experience.
Thomas Noren, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio, Ericsson, says: "Heterogeneous network strategies among leading mobile operators are focused on delivering a great mobile broadband experience to their customers, wherever they are. By coordinating licensed small cells with the macro cell, as we announced earlier this year, and intelligently integrating Wi-Fi and 3GPP throughout the network, we're providing operators with the most effective way to deliver consistently high performance consumer connections."
With indoor areas increasingly prone to mobile network congestion, Ericsson has also developed the first 802.11ac access point designed to enable mobile operators to deliver supplemental small cell or standalone Wi-Fi coverage indoors. The 802.11ac standard is common on tablets and increasingly prevalent on smartphones.
Two new cloud-controller options, both featuring 3GPP-standard interfaces to the mobile core, make it easier and more cost-efficient for operators to add Wi-Fi to their existing mobile services. The Ericsson Evo Controller now features a Wi-Fi controller blade, the WIC 8030. A new standalone controller, the WIC 8100, supports up to 10,000 access points and 500,000 concurrent subscribers, allowing operators to consolidate multiple Wi-Fi networks from a centralized location in a cost-efficient way.
Ericsson is also introducing integrated management of Wi-Fi and 3GPP networks on a common platform, simplifying operations and reducing network costs.
These new Wi-Fi 3GPP integration products and features provide complementary and incremental benefits to emerging industry standard features that Ericsson supports, including: Access Network Discovery and Selection Function (ANDSF), IP session mobility (also referred to as IP address preservation) and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint(TM) (based on the Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 Specification). Ericsson also offers Wi-Fi 3GPP integration solutions to optimize the user experience for operators targeting residential Wi-Fi coverage. At MWC 2013, Ericsson announced a new Wi-Fi Gateway application on the Smart Services Router (SSR) which also supports integration of Wi-Fi networks with mobile broadband infrastructure.
Expanded capability gives operators greater flexibility to deploy MINI-LINK products as backhaul solutions for small cells, thereby enabling high network performance
MINI-LINK performance proven for non-line-of-sight usage
New additions to MINI-LINK portfolio include several IP-based backhaul products catering for mobile-broadband growth
Providing seamless network performance in dense city environments is a challenge. The large number of buildings and other obstacles makes it difficult to lay cables and complicates wireless connections that typically rely on microwave transmission using line-of-sight (LOS) propagation. This means there can be no buildings, trees or hills between antennas.
To overcome this problem, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has now validated that MINI-LINK products in traditional frequency bands can operate in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions with high performance, in trials with MetroPCS in Los Angeles, USA. In addition, Ericsson is launching MINI-LINK products for small cells, including the MINI-LINK 3060 that was shown as a concept at the 2012 Mobile World Congress.
"NLOS microwave is a critical component of building backhaul networks where clutter is an issue and especially for heterogeneous networks," said Malcolm Lorang, co-founder, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of MetroPCS. "We are pleased with the results of the MINI-LINK trial in the challenging Los Angeles environment and look forward to further testing.
Ericsson MINI-LINK - Solving Small Cells Backhaul Challenge
Ola Gustafsson, Head of Product Line Microwave and Mobile Backhaul, Ericsson says: "Conventional NLOS products work in the sub-6GHz band using OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) technology, for multipath handling. The problem is that the available spectrum below 6GHz is very limited and would be insufficient for small-cell backhaul. Ericsson has now proved, with extensive research, that MINI-LINK products operating in the 23-60GHz bands offer higher throughput and increased stability compared with sub-6 systems also under NLOS conditions. This expands the possibilities to deploy MINI-LINK as the backhaul solution for small cells, thereby enabling increased network performance."
MINI-LINK is designed for hops over several kilometers, with a market-leading system gain and very robust equalizers. Over short hops, diffraction and reflections caused by the environment can actually be used to overcome obstructions between the macro layer nodes that are often positioned on top of high buildings, and the small cells positioned at street level. With this approach, throughput will be very high and stable, which is important for mobile backhaul.
Ericsson is also launching several IP-based backhaul products to cater for mobile broadband growth and to execute on its 4G IP network vision. These products will extend its leading MINI-LINK portfolio with IP/MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) support for fiber- and/or microwave-based backhaul, innovative design in the 60GHz band for small-cell deployments and an enhanced Gbps solution in the E-band. The MINI-LINK LH has also been expanded by the addition of a compact solution for cost-efficient migration to packet and modular site solutions.
In addition to helping operators prepare all-IP networks, these new products offer benefits such as high system gain for improved performance, spectrum efficiency, synchronization solutions, end-to-end QoS support, as well as integrated aggregation for both TDM (time division multiplex) and packet traffic.
The products being launched are:
MINI-LINK SP 415 and 420 - packet aggregation nodes for L3 VPN based on IP/MPLS
First of its kind in the industry, Ericsson DC/DC Digital Power Designer software tool closes the gap between system architects and board-power designers, shrinking time-to-market with an unprecedented level of flexibility
New tool manages a wide range of configurations – from simple to highly complex setups and from a single unit to a complete system – in both online and offline modes
First software tool to integrate tools that support system development from concept and early evaluation to final board production, significantly reducing time-to-market and cos
Ericsson has unveiled an advanced industry-first toolkit that provides board-power designers with highly advanced software to configure, implement and monitor power conversion devices – from a single unit to a complete system – including the Ericsson 3E* digital Point-Of-Load (POL) regulators, 3E Advanced Bus Converters (ABCs) and 3E Power Interface Modules (PIMs). Called the ‘Ericsson DC/DC Digital Power Designer’, the software is totally free of charge and can reduce time-to-market, total cost of ownership and energy consumption overall.
The software includes two essential parts – a design tool and a production tool. The Ericsson Power Designer design tool is based on a simple and intuitive interface and offers board-power designers a wide range of possibilities to configure standalone 3E POLs, 3E ABCs and 3E PIMs, or a combination of multiple products as integrated in the final application. The production SMBus-based tool makes it possible to upload configuration files into a set of modules during manufacturing: not only reducing inventory costs, but also increasing flexibility to upgrade configurations with the implementation of new power schemes.
"Since the introduction of the first digital power module in 2008, we have been working in close cooperation with our customers to develop hardware and software solutions that really unlock the amazing possibilities offered by digital power technology," said Patrick Le Fèvre, Marketing and Communication Director, Ericsson Power Modules. "The Ericsson DC/DC Digital Power Designer is the most advanced tool ever released in this area. It opens up an unprecedented level of flexibility for board-power designers and power-systems architects to reduce time-to-market and optimize energy utilization."
The Ericsson Power Designer software has been developed in close cooperation between board-power designers and power-systems architects to deliver an advanced tool that truly unlocks the high level of flexibility offered by digital power architectures.
Addressing power novices right up to highly experienced power system engineers, the Graphic User Interface has been designed for intuitive learning. Each screen is optimized for easy readability, reducing the time-to-learn and improving productivity as the user learns more about the software tool’s advanced functionalities.
In June 2008, through close cooperation with board and systems designers, Ericsson was the first company to release a 21st century 3E power architecture composed of PMBus-compliant ABCs and POL converters that can be fully integrated into the rest of the digital chain of processors and associated components.
* Enhanced Performance, Energy Management, and End-user Value are the key benefits delivered by Ericsson’s range of 3E digitally controlled DC/DC converters.
Ericsson Digital Voltage Regulator Wins Electronic Products China Award
18 Oct, 2011 Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
BMR464 digital Point-of-Load voltage regulator named as a top-10
DC/DC power product by Electronic Products China
PMBus compliant and featuring flexible monitoring and control, BMR464 optimized for board power management and reduced power consumption
Ericsson recognized again as a leader in delivering best-in-class high-efficiency power solutions
Ericsson Power Modules has been named as a winner in the annual Electronic Products China Top Product Awards. Ericsson’s innovative BMR464 digital voltage regulator was named as the top 10 DC/DC power product by the magazine. The award, which Ericsson has been the recipient of before, is recognition of the company’s world-class expertise in consistently developing, year after year, innovative and highly efficient products that reduce the environmental impact of power conversion in electronic equipment.
“The BMR464 product represents a significant amount of teamwork worldwide, in design, development and marketing, and we all see this award as an important measure of success in our continuous efforts to deliver outstanding products to our customers," said Jianping Zheng, Head of Power Modules Sales and Marketing for Ericsson in Asia Pacific.
With unprecedented functionality, the BMR464 enables systems architects to fully monitor and dynamically control the energy that is delivered to processors, FPGAs, ASICs and other components, ensuring minimum energy consumption under all operating conditions.
Ericsson was the first company to launch digitally controlled POL (point-of-load) regulators based on a digital core controller. Through close cooperation with board and systems’ designers, the company was the first to release a 21st century power architecture that can be fully integrated into the rest of the digital chain of processors and associated components.
Ericsson extends vertical-mount regulator for space-critical applications
27 Sep, 2011 Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
Built-in energy-optimization algorithms reduce energy consumption
Designed for applications where board space is critical
Single-in-line BMR462 and BMR463 delivering high flexibility for designers
Ericsson has introduced two new vertical-mounting members in its family of 3E digital point-of-load (POL) voltage regulators aimed at space-critical applications. The new 12A BMR462-SIP (BMR4622002) and 20A BMR463-SIP (BMR4632002) complement the recently announced 40A BMR464-SIP (BMR4642002) and offer board designers the ability to select the most appropriate module for their configuration.
The BMR462-SIP and BMR463-SIP are based on Ericsson’s leading-edge digital-core controller combined with the latest MOSFET technology and built-in energy-optimization algorithms that contribute to significantly reducing energy consumption and power dissipation and also deliver an impressive amount of features and level of flexibility. The voltage regulators can be configured and monitored via the standard PMBus communication protocol and the company’s intuitive graphical user interface offering designers the ability to fully optimize power management in high board-density applications.
"These additions to the 3E family makes Ericsson the first to offer a wide range of PMBus-compliant digitally controlled point-of-load converters in three different footprints in through-hole, single-in-line and surface-mount versions," said Patrick Le Fèvre, Marketing and Communication Director of Ericsson Power Modules. "The high level of flexibility offered by this advanced power module family will aid designers to meet demands for high performance in space-critical applications."
Ericsson was the first company to launch digitally controlled POL (point-of-load) regulators based on a digital core controller. Through close cooperation with board and systems designers, the company was the first to release a 21st century power architecture that can be fully integrated into the rest of the digital chain of processors and associated components.
New Ericsson Power Converters Enable Fast Time-To-Market
20 Sep 2011 Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
Sixteenth-brick DC-DC converters provide designers with quick and reliable board-mounted power solutions for meet time-to-market demands
Low-profile and high-efficiency modules ideal for use in mini-base-stations and other telecom and datacom applications
New converter duo enable fast and easy upgrade from 50W boards to 60W and beyond
Ericsson has introduced two new sixteenth-brick format DC-DC converters that provide designers with quick and reliable board-mounted power solutions, addressing increasing demands for shorter time-to-market. Designed to power 60 to 65W applications, the new PKU4619 and PKU4710 are primarily designed for telecom and datacom systems and equipment, but are also suitable for use in power industrial, process control, test and many other applications.
“As system designs continue their use of increasingly powerful processors, FPGAs and memories, many traditional 50W applications now require more power to meet new market requirements,” said Patrick Le Fèvre, Marketing and Communication Director of Ericsson Power Modules. “However, many customers prefer to retain previous-generation motherboards and limit upgrades to strategic components, such as processors, memories and power modules. The PKU4619 and PKU4710 meet this need, reducing both cost and time-to-market for developers.”
Offering an input voltage range of 36V to 75V, the high-efficiency PKU4619 and PKU4710 provide outputs of 2.5V/25A and 3.3V/20A, delivering output power of 62.5W and 66W, respectively. The new products are ideal for applications such as mini-base-stations and provide customers with a simple solution when upgrading 50W boards to 60W, or even slightly more.
The PKU4619 and PKU4710 are built on Ericsson’s robust power-module platform featuring optimized topology and layout, and use a limited number of components for increased reliability, while also making them extremely cost efficient. The devices are also available in both through-hole (PI version) and surface-mount (SI version) types.
New High Power Density Converter for Data-Network Equipment
31 Aug, 2011 Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
First high-power density solution based on digitally controlled DC-DC converters
Quarter-brick format converter combines two Ericsson BMR453 series power modules to deliver exceptional power density and tightly controlled output voltages
New Ericsson BMR453-0108/014 ideal for use in networking and data storage equipment
Ericsson has introduced a new ultra-high-power-density DC-DC converter that can make a significant contribution to energy saving in data centers. The exceptional ability of this new small-footprint converter to handle high power and deliver tightly controlled output-voltages makes it ideal for use in networking and data storage equipment.
Available in an industry-standard quarter-brick footprint, the new module, BMR453-0108/014, provides an output voltage of 12.45V with an output current of 60A, delivering a total output power of 711W. The BMR453-0108/014 combines two Ericsson BMR453 series power modules, assembled in parallel and offers a power density as high as 33.38W/cm2 (215W/in2) while it embeds digital core controllers. Due to its built-in energy optimization capabilities, the BMR453-0108/014 delivers 96.9% efficiency at half load and up to 95.8% at full load.
"Not only are there are very few products available on the market that can to deliver this level of power handling in a quarter-brick format, the new Ericsson BMR453-0108/014 is also the first high-power-density solution based on digitally controlled DC-DC converters," said Patrick Le Fèvre, Marketing and Communication Director of Ericsson Power Modules.
Based on the BMR453 platform, the BMR453-0108/014 is the ideal product for powering networking applications such as network processing encryption, load balancing and managing data-center traffic, in addition to powering arrays of disk drives, which require a stable voltage to guarantee data integrity. The new product is also ideal for use in production and test systems, such as those used in the semiconductor industry.
Australia’s largest electricity distributor builds wireless smart grid network. 4G wireless is set to be an integral part of Australia’s leading "smart grid" rollout after an agreement between Ericsson and Ausgrid, Australia’s largest energy distributor (formerly EnergyAustralia).
Ericsson has designed and integrated a multivendor wireless access network that enables two-way communications between electrical control devices, back-end systems and households. The network is being rolled out in 2011 across 150 sites covering the metropolitan area of Sydney, Australia, and regional areas north of Sydney.
The telecommunications network will collect data from 12,000 smart monitoring devices being installed on the electricity distribution network, up to 3,000 mobile field computers, and 200 zone substations. Ausgrid is a leader in introducing sophisticated and efficient energy distribution to Australians. The company’s "Smart Home" demonstration home showcases the benefits of the latest technologies for consumers, including smart metering and intelligent infrastructure. (http://www. ausgrid.com.au/smarthome)
A smart grid gives households greater control over their bills and environmental impact, and allows renewable energy sources to be better integrated. A smart grid also improves the reliability of the electricity network by allowing it to self-heal when faults occur, and allows effective conditionbased maintenance to reduce the likelihood of faults. The operations teams can be provided with real-time awareness of the electricity network status, improving both operations and planning.
Ausgrid Managing Director George Maltabarow explained: "A smart grid needs a communications platform to bring real-time data back from our substations, field devices and smart meters so we can turn it into useful information for field staff, engineers and households. The communications network is essential to transforming the electricity network into a two-way grid that is smarter, greener, more reliable and more interactive for households." Ausgrid began trials of a communications network in 2009 with an initial deployment of WiMAX radio equipment. Under the Ericsson agreement the existing network has been greatly extended, and trials of an LTE platform will commence in 2011, with the aim to migrate to a full LTE network based on the success of those trials.
Maltabarow continued: "We are now rolling out a WiMAX communications network and will begin trials of an LTE platform at 15 sites. By using the same 4G technology as mobile carriers, we will benefit from economies of scale for chip, device and equipment pricing as 3G networks around the world migrate to LTE."
LTE, the next generation of mobile communication technology, enables the fast transfer of huge amounts of data in an efficient and cost-effective way, optimizing the use of the frequency spectrum. With increased speed and decreased latency, LTE is specifically well suited to machine-to-machine (M2M) applications such as smart grid.
Under the agreement between Ausgrid and Ericsson, Ericsson will provide equipment, software and services, and will leverage the Australian-based Ericsson Global LTE Competence Centre, and Ericsson’s strong local expertise in network design, planning and integration.
"The utility sector is being transformed, as it simultaneously changes to meet new environmental and service challenges, and introduces new and powerful technologies," said Sam Saba, CEO, Ericsson Australia/NZ. "In particular, modern wireless communications based on carrier grade open standards is a fundamental requirement. Communications is the enabling technology for smart grids."
"As a global communications leader with extensive multivendor systems integration experience, Ericsson is well placed to partner with utilities as they transform their electricity distribution networks into smart grids," said Saba.
Ericsson is the world’s leader in telecommunications technology and services and is leading the way in the rollout of LTE with services now operating in Europe, the US and Asia, as well as Australia.
Ericsson has been driving open standards and has had the highest impact on the released LTE specifications. Ericsson expects to hold 25 percent of all essential patents for LTE, making it the largest patent holder in the industry.
The Ausgrid electricity network provides power to 1.6 million homes and businesses throughout Sydney, the Hunter Valley region, Newcastle and the Central Coast areas of New South Wales. That network is made up of more than 200 large electricity substations, 500,000 power poles, 30,000 small distribution substations and almost 50,000km of aerial and underground electricity cables. The state-government owned corporation has been operating for more than 100 years, and today delivers energy to more users than any other distributor in Australia. It is also delivering one of Australia’s largest infrastructure programs – an AUD 8 billion upgrade of the electricity network.
Ericsson Power Modules has introduced an additional member in its family of 3Esecond-generation digital point-of-load (POL) voltage regulators with a new vertical-mount variant of the recently announced 40A-output BMR464 series.
Industry first 40A PMBus-compliant point-of-load single-in-line voltage regulator
Designed for applications where board space is critical, the new device reduces footprint to less than 2.5cm2(0.39in2)
Single-in-line BMR464 adds assembling flexibility to the recently announced surface-mount and through-hole mountBMR464 family
Built-in energy-optimization algorithms reduce energy consumption
Ericsson has introduced an additional member in its Power Modules family of 3Esecond-generation digital point-of-load (POL) voltage regulators with a new vertical-mount variant of the recently announced 40A-output BMR464 series.
The new BMR464-SIP (BMR4642002) saves valuable board space for the core components as it enables vertical mounting. This approach delivers a 40A / 132W device in a footprint of less than 2.5cm2 (0.39in2), making the new device ideal for space-critical applications.
The new regulator can also easily be configured and monitored via the standard PMBus communication protocol and the company’s intuitive graphical user interface, making this the first PMBus-compliant 40A point-of-load SIP device available on the market, and offering designers the ability to fully optimize power management in high board-density applications.
“The increasingly functionality being crammed on system boards these days has driven the development of products such as the BMR464-SIP,” said Patrick Le Fèvre, Marketing and Communication Director of Ericsson Power Modules. “We believe this industry first, a PMBus-compliant 40A/132W SIP voltage regulator with a footprint of only 2.5cm2, will help designers meet demands in space-critical applications that are featuring progressively higher board densities.”
The BMR464-SIP is based on Ericsson’s leading-edge digital-core controller combined with the latest MOSFET technology and built-in energy-optimization algorithms that not only contribute to significantly reducing energy consumption and power dissipation, but also deliver an impressive amount of features and level of flexibility.
Ericsson's 3E design kit enables easier exploration of digital power architectures
22 June, 2011 - Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
3E Gold Edition software simplifies monitoring and configuration of digitally-controlled dc-dc converters
3E design kit makes it easy for designers to explore and develop representative digital power-management scenarios
3E platform can optimize operating efficiency in real-time to conserve energy and minimize operating costs
Enhanced performance, Energy management, and End-user value are the key design objectives of Ericsson’s 3E range of digitally-controlled dc-dc converters. A second generation of the design kit, with extended features, now simplifies their implementation within PMBus systems.
The 3E Gold Edition design kit hardware comprises two boards that accommodate one or two intermediate-bus converters and up to six point-of-load regulators. Sample devices include the BMR453 and BMR454 intermediate-bus converters together with examples of the BMR462, BMR463, and BMR464 point-of-load regulators.
The boards can operate independently or be plugged together to form a representative PMBus-controlled power system. The design kit includes a USB-to-PMBus adapter that provides a seamless interface between the 3E GUI Gold Edition software running on a Windows PC and the target 3E family dc-dc converters.
The 3E GUI Gold Edition software package together with an extensive library of technical papers and supporting information that accompanies the hardware elements can be download from Ericsson Power Modules website.
"The 3E Gold Edition software makes it easier than ever for users to precisely configure each converter in a system and monitor its performance, which in turn encourages users to explore and develop methods such as dynamic bus-voltage control that can optimize system-level power consumption to accommodate the wide load variations that today’s network infrastructures present" said Patrick Le Fèvre, marketing director at Ericsson Power Modules.
Ericsson 3E digital voltage-regulators now support 93 PMBus commands to reduce energy consumption
16 June, 2011 - Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
More freedom for designers to dynamically optimize energy management
Increased efficiency with fewer components
Fully compliant with PMBus commands
Design simplified; time-to-market reduced
Based on digital-core controllers, the Ericsson 3E second generation of voltage regulators, the 12A BMR462, the 20A BMR463 and the 40A BMR464, now support 93 PMBus commands, allowing designers to monitor and control energy distribution from system level to board level.
The number of commands supported by the BMR462, BMR463 and BMR464, facilitate optimization of power-module configurations to varying load conditions.
This minimizes power losses and reduces energy consumption by sending a command to automatically adjust the output voltage as the load changes; a lower voltage is optimal for low-load demand and a higher voltage as the load increases. It is also possible to shut down selected modules and reactivate them on-demand.
"Since Ericsson introduced its first digitally controlled voltage regulator November 2008, we have seen considerable increase of demand from system architects to optimize energy management to a very high degree.
They are also motivated by the possibilities offered by PMBus and demand additional features that make it possible to fully integrate voltage regulators into their digital power management architecture," said Patrick Le Fèvre, marketing and communication director of Ericsson Power Modules. "That is exactly what our second generation of digital point-of-load is now offering, extending possibilities to an unprecedented level, saving cost, time-to-market and energy."
Telstra switches on first LTE network on 1800MHz in Australia
30 May 2011
Telstra has switched on the first 4G/LTE base stations in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. 4G data has been sent over the LTE network for the first time outside of field trials, making Telstra the first Australian telco to deploy 4G technology into its wireless network.
As announced in February this year, Telstra is partnering with Ericsson to roll-out the LTE network and upgrade its existing Next G network with LTE technology. Central business districts of all capital cities and selected regional centres will be covered by the end of 2011.
The upgrade takes advantage of 1800MHz mobile spectrum previously used to deliver 2G mobile services. This has become available as more than 80 per cent of Telstra’s mobile customers are now using the operator’s the Next G network. Telstra is one of the first deployments in the world for LTE in the 1800MHz band and this latest milestone is a major step forward.
Mike Wright, executive director Telstra Networks & Access Technologies said; “The integration of 4G technology into our existing wireless network demonstrates how Telstra will continue to deliver high quality services and meet ever-growing customer demand.”
“With more than a million mobile and wireless broadband customers joining Telstra in the past 12 months, and data usage on the Next G network doubling every year, the increased network capacity LTE will provide is vital,” Mr Wright said.
By the end of 2011 when the initial 4G LTE network has been deployed, Telstra will sell dual mode LTE/HSPA+ mobile broadband devices that will operate seamlessly across the 1800MHz and 850MHz spectrum bands, giving Telstra customers the benefits of 4G where it is available and a seamless switchover to 3G HSPA technology across the expansive Next G footprint.
Ericsson chief executive officer Australia and New Zealand, Mr Sam Saba, said; “Some of the world’s leading operators are seriously considering LTE in the 1800MHz band and the growing momentum will accelerate the development of LTE devices.
"LTE represents the future of mobile broadband. Its ability to deliver improvements in network capacity will allow operators to meet the growing demand for data traffic over the coming years.”
Ericsson has been driving open standards and has had the highest impact on the released LTE specifications. Ericsson expects to hold 25 percent of all essential patents for LTE, making it the largest patent holder in the industry.
Ericsson’s digital voltage regulators offer new levels of control and energy saving
24 May 2011 - Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
BMR464 extends maximum output current of 3E second generation of Ericsson’s Point-of-Load voltage regulators from 20A to 40A
PMBus compliant brings flexible monitoring and control
Optimized for board power management and reduced power consumption
Parallelable for end user versatility up to 280A
Ericsson Power Modules’ 3E series BMR464 is a new addition to the company’s second-generation, digital point-of-load (POL) regulators, that extends the maximum output current from such devices up to 40A. With unprecedented functionality, the regulator enables systems architects to fully monitor and dynamically control the energy that is delivered to processors, FPGAs,
ASICs and other components, ensuring minimum energy consumption under all operating conditions. The BMR464 offers easy paralleling and current sharing. Up to seven modules can be paralleled, offering a maximum output current of 280A. The regulator’s easy-paralleling mode even makes it possible to combine its 20A counterpart, the BMR463, thus enabling ‘mix and match’ optimized efficiency from very low loads up to 60A.
The devices are suitable for a wide range of applications including radio base stations, industrial automation, process control, transportation and large data centers. Ericsson’s intuitive graphic user interface for the PMBus makes power system configuration fast and simple.
"Demand for these products is growing as the industry recognizes the importance of optimizing efficiency across the entire range of load conditions, not just when systems are operating at maximum throughput. Every aspect of the design of this second generation of BMR voltage regulators focuses on providing features and functions that simplify the role of the power system designer in reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions," said Patrick Le Fèvre, Marketing and Communication Director of Ericsson Power Modules.
Ericsson Power Modules was the first company to launch digitally controlled POL (point-of-load) regulators based on a digital core controller. Through close cooperation with board and systems’ designers, the company was the first to release a 21st century power architecture that can be fully integrated into the rest of the digital chain of processors and associated components.
Ericsson scoops 2nd 'Product of the year' award from Electronic Products China Magazine
April 2011 - Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
Ericsson Power Modules’ PKM5000D was launched in June 2010 as a flexible, 4:1 input voltage DC/DC converter. Designed primarily to simplify base station design, the quarter brick, isolated converter is also suited to a wide range of other applications including ICT, transportation, test equipment and process control.
Ericsson 400W Power Interface Module simplifies low-EMI design in ATCA applications
March 2011 - Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
Ericsson Power Modules announces the PIM4328P, a new 390-540W power interface module (PIM) compliant with the 300W de facto industry-standard footprint. The quarter-brick PIM4328P is optimized to simplify design in blade servers based on Advanced TCA (PICMG 3.0) systems.
Ericsson Power Modules achieves finalist selection in EDN magazine awards
March 2011 - Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
Ericsson Power Modules has been chosen as a finalist in EDN magazine’s prestigious “Innovation Awards” for 2010. Power Modules’ entry cleverly combines the technical excellence of its ‘3E’ series BMR454 DC/DC converter with the benefits of Dynamic Bus Voltage (DBV).
Ericsson energy-optimized intermediate bus DC/DC converters offer unprecedented efficiency across a wide load range
11 February 2011 - Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
Integral energy optimization algorithm for 96% peak efficiency and substantially flat curve from 15% to 100% load
Footprint 100% compatible with “Five-pin” intermediate bus converters in existing designs
Tightly regulated output voltage
Based on a proven family of digitally-controlled DC/DC converters launched in 2008
Based on a digital core controller embedding an Ericsson efficiency optimizer algorithm, and fully compliant with the “Five-pin” de-facto industry standard for intermediate bus converters (IBC), Ericsson Power Modules introduces a series of variants to its BMR453 and BMR454 DC/DC converters.
The latest versions omit the digital interfaces found in early models, simplifying system design. Ericsson programs the modules in its factory for any output voltage from 5V to 13V. This, together with the energy optimization algorithm, ensures that the modules operate with the highest possible efficiency over wide-ranging load conditions.
The result is lowest power dissipation, lowest temperature operation, highest reliability and maximum energy saving.
With 96.5% peak efficiency and a substantially flat efficiency curve from 15% to 100% load, the quarter-brick BMR453 offers up to 396W output power (or up to 33A) and the eighth-brick BMR454 offers up to 240W (or up to 20A).
Industry-standard “Five-pin” compatibility simplifies migration from static intermediate bus architectures to more advanced topologies such as Dynamic Bus Voltage, which the latest versions of BMR453 and BM454 accommodate through their digital interface.
Ericsson’s digital voltage regulator offers unprecedented levels of control and energy saving
4 February 2011 - Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
Highly flexible monitoring and control PMBus compliant
Optimized power consumption
Parallelable for end user versatility
Ericsson Power Modules’ 3E series BMR463 is a second-generation, digital point-of-load regulator with unprecedented functionality. It enables systems architects to fully monitor and dynamically control the energy that is delivered to strategic components such as processors, FPGAs, ASICs and others, down to a very low, highly economical level.
Following on from the BMR450 and BMR451 regulators, the 20A rated BMR463 is optimized for paralleling up to eight modules. This configuration of eight BMR463s can deliver 160A with each module able to be paralleled and un-paralleled on demand, dynamically tracking and reducing the power consumption as required and optimizing the configuration for a very wide range of load conditions.
Additionally, when parallel mode is activated, an interleaving-operation reduces electromagnetic interference and current-peak levels. A built-in module-to-module Group Communication Bus (GCB) ensures that current sharing is precisely controlled, guaranteeing that at any point of operation each BMR463 delivers the exact current required by the payload while keeping efficiency high.
By embedding a digital core in conjunction with a highly efficient power-train and a so-called ‘U-shape’ output stage, the BMR463’s construction is highly optimized to minimize power losses. Power dissipation is thereby reduced, resulting in enhanced lifetime and reliability.
As a second generation digitally controlled regulator, the BMR463 is advanced in terms of the number of features offered in such a small footprint. It is the result of an active cooperation program between Ericsson’s customers and power modules designers to develop a new series of point-of-load modules that will greatly contribute to reducing energy consumption.
Ericsson power module's 100W 1/4 brick shortens time to market for power radio applications
1 December 2010 - Categories: Ericsson Power Modules
Wide output voltage range accommodates multiple power-amplifiers
Optimized design reduces component count and increases reliability
High efficiency reduces power dissipation and saves energy
Reducing cost and improving efficiency, the topology used in Ericsson Power Modules’ PKM4116ND quarter brick DC/DC converter has been highly optimized to lower the number of components while simultaneously reducing power losses. Enabling systems designers to shorten time-to-market, the PKM4116ND is an industry standard quarter-brick product and is 100% pin-to-pin compatible with similar products available to the market.
The PKM4116ND is primarily designed to power radio-applications and is optimized for the new generation of micro cell transmitters requiring a 100W power module with the flexibility to adjust its output voltage within the range 23.8V to 32.8V.
The main application area addressed by the PKM416ND is in RFPA (radio frequency power amplifier) and other applications requiring isolation from the 48V system bus voltage, and offering a stable output voltage in a range of 24 to 30V. This product is also suitable for small systems remote feeding power architectures such as in-door Wi-Fi transmitters.
Further optimised for RFPA, the PKM4116ND can be deployed in sealed box applications with its heatsink fixed directly to the host equipment chassis. Using Ericsson’s thermal optimization technology, the PKM4116ND’s layout has been optimized to distribute the major heat dissipating components, eliminating hot spots and improving cooling through natural thermal conduction from board to cold plate.
Thus, cooling through its optional baseplate or through a thermal-pad applied between the PKM4116ND board and the equipment chassis is easily facilitated. This feature, combined with low power losses resulting from a high efficiency topology give the PKM4116ND an unprecedented quality and reliability level when used in sealed-box or in other applications or conditions where natural convection cooling is the only way to dissipate power.
16 September 2010 - Categories:Ericsson Power Modules
Digital power techniques have been proposed for some time, but have not been able to compete successfully with analog solutions. Thanks to increasing integrated-circuit density, hard work on the part of semiconductor suppliers, and a mature and reliable, complementary, metal-oxide semiconductor technology, digital processing for power-conversion applications now is very attractive.
More importantly, the use of digital techniques results in capabilities and performance at both the power-supply and system levels that are not possible with analog techniques.
While much of the publicity and controversy about digital power techniques is focused on power-system management issues, the most important issue – and the ultimate driver for its acceptance – will be the benefits that they bring to power supply itself. These benefits are real, measurable and available with today's technology.
Benefits include: improved efficiency; improved reliability due to higher integration of digital control circuitry; reduced system cost because of fewer decoupling capacitors due to enhanced load transient response of adaptive digital control; increased power-supply density due to smaller digital control circuitry; tighter output-voltage tolerances due to enhanced initial set-point trimming; and lower overall cost of ownership.