Profile: Mindspeed Technologies Inc (MSPD.O)
6 Dec 2013
Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (Mindspeed), incorporated in 2001, designs, develops and sells semiconductor solutions for communications applications in the wireline and wireless network infrastructure, which includes enterprise networks, broadband access networks (fixed and mobile), and metropolitan and wide area networks (WAN). Mindspeed has organized its solutions for these networks into three product families: communications convergence processing (formerly known as multiservice access), high-performance analog and WAN communications. Its products are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for use in a variety of network infrastructure equipment. The Company’s customers include Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Inc., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Hitachi Ltd., LM Ericsson Telephone Company, Nokia Siemens Networks and Zhongxing Telecom Equipment Corp. In July 2011, the Company acquired IPG Communications, Inc. In February 2012, the Company acquired Picochip Limited. In November 2012, the Company sold of certain non-core patents.
The Company’s communications convergence processing products include ultra-low-power, multi-core digital signal processor system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for the fixed and mobile (third generation (3G)/ fourth generation (4G)) carrier infrastructure and residential and enterprise platforms. Its high-performance analog products include high-density crosspoint switches, optical drivers, equalization and signal-conditioning solutions that solve difficult switching, timing and synchronization challenges in optical networking, enterprise storage and broadcast video transmission applications. Mindspeed’s WAN communications portfolio helps optimize circuit-switched networks that furnish the Internet’s underlying long-distance infrastructure.
Communications Convergence Processing Products
The Company’s software-configurable communications convergence processing products serve as bridges for transporting video, voice, fax and modem transmissions between circuit-switched and packet-based fixed and mobile networks, and across network boundaries. These products process and translate voice and data, and perform various management and reporting functions. They compress the signals to minimize bandwidth consumption and modify or add communications protocols to accommodate transport of the signals across a variety of different networks. Supported services include video and Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), Voice-over-automated teller machine (VoATM) and Voice-over-digital subscriber line (DSL) services, as well as wireline-to-wireless connectivity. Its communications convergence processing products include the eighth-generation Comcerto family for fiber-access service delivery, and its Transcede family of 3G/4G base station baseband processors that extend its multi-core processing expertise into the mobile infrastructure.
Mindspeed's packet processors include a range of software-compatible solutions that enable OEMs to provide scalable systems with customized features for carrier, enterprise and customer premise applications. The Comcerto 5000, 900, 700 and 600 series processors and related software, provide a SoC solution for carrier-class video and Voice-over-packet (VoP) applications. All are for use in media gateways designed to bridge wireless, wireline and enterprise networks.
The Comcerto 300, 500 and 800 series solutions are designed for access and enterprise voice and data processing applications. The Comcerto 300 series is targeted at VoIP integration in lower density access platforms, such as multi-dwelling units (MDUs), digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM) equipment and multi-service access nodes (MSANs), and are deployed in passive optical network/fiber-to-the-building (PON/FTTB) applications. The Comcerto 500 series is a silicon private branch exchange (PBX)-on-a-chip, which supports all required voice processing functionality for up to 128 channels, including encryption. The Comcerto 800 series enables office-in-a-box systems by combining a VoP subsystem with a routing and virtual private network (VPN) engine. The Comcerto 800 series integrates voice processing, packet processing and encryption functionality into a single device. This product is for use in enterprise voice gateways, PBXs and integrated access devices.
The Comcerto 100 series broadband services processor is designed to support secure triple-play (voice, video and data) networks for residential and small office/home office markets. The Comcerto 100 series processor integrates high-performance security processing, packet processing and quality of service (QoS) capabilities for broadband customer-premises equipment enabling service providers to deliver multimedia content to their subscribers. The Comcerto 1000 series of low-power embedded packet processers address a variety of applications, ranging from high-end VoIP enabled home gateways and small-to-midsized business high performance security appliances to Ethernet powered 802.11n enterprise access points.
The Transcede family extends the Company’s multi-core processor to deliver integrated baseband solutions for 3G/4G base stations. Transcede is designed to enable the development of a range of equipment, from picocells and enterprise femtocells serving a small number of subscribers to microcells and macrocells serving hundreds or thousands of subscribers. The Transcede family includes the T4000, whose processor cores run at 600 megahertz (MHz), with less than 12 watt power consumption, and the T4020, which features 750 MHz processor cores and power consumption less than 15 watts. The Transcede family also includes the Transcede 3000, which is designed for small-cell 3G and 4G base stations supporting up to 32 users. Mindspeed also offers the T4005 for 3G/4G macrocell developers who want to combine Transcede’s high-performance layer one (L1) physical-layer (PHY) processing capabilities with an existing layer two (L2) media access control (MAC) processing solution. All other Transcede processors combine L1 PHY and L2 MAC functionality on the same device.
High-Performance Analog Products
The Company’s high-performance analog transmission devices and switching products support storage area network, fiber-to-the-premise, optical transport network (OTN) and broadcast video operating at data transmission rates between 155 megabits per second (Mbps) and 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). Its transmission products include laser drivers, transimpedance amplifiers, post amplifiers, clock and data recovery circuits, signal conditioners, serializers/deserializers, video reclockers, cable drivers, and line equalizers. The Company’s switching products include crosspoint switches capable of switching traffic beyond eight Gbps within various types of network switching equipment. These crosspoint switches direct, or transfer, a number of input streams, regardless of traffic type, to different connection trunks for re-routing the information to new destination points in the network. Target equipment applications for its switching products include OTN systems, add-drop multiplexers, high-density IP switches and storage-area routers. In addition, it offers crosspoint switches optimized for standard and high-definition broadcast video routing, and production switching applications.
WAN Communications Products
Mindspeed's WAN communications products include transmission solutions and high-performance ATM/multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) network processors that facilitate the aggregation, processing and transport of voice and data traffic over copper wire or fiber optic cable to access metropolitan and long-haul networks. Its ATM/MPLS network processors, and T1/E1, T3/E3 and SONET carrier devices are designed for use in a variety of equipment, including digital loop carriers, DSL access multiplexers, add-drop multiplexers, switches, high-speed routers, digital cross-connect systems, optical edge devices, multiservice provisioning platforms, voice gateways, wireless backhaul and wireless base station controllers.
The Company competes with Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, Cavium Networks Inc., Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Gennum Corporation, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., PMC-Sierra, Inc., Texas Instruments Inc. and Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation.
Mindspeed Technologies Inc
East Tower, 4000 MacArthur Blvd.
NEWPORT BEACH CA 92660