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Kawasaki Microelectronics Successfully Delivers ASIC Solution To CarrierComm

Advanced Yet Affordable ASIC Technology Enables the Delivery of CarrierComm’s Next-Generation CCM-8910 Single-Chip Modem


SAN JOSE, Calif. – February 23, 2004 – Kawasaki Microelectronics, a leader in advanced yet affordable ASICs, announced today that it has successfully delivered fully functional CCM-8910 Single Chip Modem ASICs to CarrierComm, a leading provider of point-to-point voice and data transmission technology. The CCM-8910 forms the core of CarrierComm's innovative Software Defined IDU TM (Indoor Unit). The Software Defined IDU TM gives OEMs and network integrators a flexible platform for implementing their Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy (PDH) and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) applications, reducing their development and inventory costs, and enabling quick time to market.

“Next-generation wireless telecommunications systems must deliver advanced technology and also must reduce carrier’s capital and operating expenditures”, said Jamal Hamdani, CEO of CarrierComm. “Our communications silicon technology helps wireless telecommunications system designers meet both of these needs by integrating full-duplex broadband modem operation into a single piece of silicon. We needed an ASIC vendor that could implement our leading-edge technology at affordable prices. After evaluating a number of ASIC vendors, we concluded that Kawasaki clearly was the best choice. Kawasaki has worked closely with us to deliver fully functional ASICs on schedule.”

The ASIC implements CarrierComm’s sophisticated modem technology, including BPSK - 256QAM flexible modulation, adaptive equalization, I/Q mismatch adaptation, and DC offset removal. Applications that will benefit from CarrierComm’s CCM-8910 Single Chip Modem ASIC include Internet infrastructure, point-to-point wireless networks , high-capacity wireless, cellular basestations, high-speed satellite communications, and fiber-optic FDM transport. The CCM-8910 Single Chip Modem enables a flexible, low-cost and feature-rich IDU solution in the broadband fixed wireless point-to-point market. The CCM-8910 provides the processing and throughput needed for network topologies that range from 16 x E1/T1, multi-channel DS-3/E-3/STS-1, and up to 2 x STM-1/OC-3. The highly integrated CCM-8910 allows CarrierComm’s Software Defined IDU TM to cost-effectively support drop and insert or protected configurations in the same chassis.

“Solutions for high-speed modem engines were once the domain of expensive chip sets”, said Hideki Yoneda, executive vice president of Kawasaki. “By using Kawasaki ASIC solutions, CarrierComm is able to deliver a single-chip broadband modem with a flexible and programmable architecture at a good price point. Thus, we expect it to be very well received by OEMs and network integrators.”

About Kawasaki Microelectronics

Kawasaki Microelectronics is the leader in advanced yet affordable ASIC semiconductor technology solutions. The company’s innovative core technologies and world-class design support are used in the consumer electronics, computer, office-automation, networking, wireless, and electronic-storage markets. The company is an active participant in industry standards organizations, including the Network Processing Forum (NPF), Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), USB Implementers Forum, MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF), Mobile Computing Promotion Consortium (MCPC), and the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG). Kawasaki has design centers in Boston, Osaka, San Jose, Taipei, and Tokyo.

For more information, contact the company at 408-570-0555, or visit its English-language web site at, its Japanese-language web site at, or e-mail to

About CarrierComm

CarrierComm is a leading provider of point-to-point voice and data transmission technology that enables products with speeds from 16 Mbps to 622 Mbps and covering the 3.5 - 38 GHz frequency bands. The company's in-house ASIC expertise sets it apart from all other competitors and allows CarrierComm to offer spectrum-scalable, rapidly deployable and transparently connected wireless and fiber optic solutions.

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