PC9608 is first full hardware and software solution for developing ‘small cell’ LTE basestations

September 10, 2009 | picoChip today launched the industry’s first fully-featured LTE development system for small cells, helping OEMs bring to market the next generation of highly cost-effective LTE b

September 10, 2009 | picoChip today launched the industry’s first fully-featured LTE development system for small cells, helping OEMs bring to market the next generation of highly cost-effective LTE basestations.

Combining the company’s field-proven OFDMA technology and market leadership in femtocells, the PC9608/9 accelerates time to market of small form factor LTE products (“Home eNode B”) optimized for metropolitan, enterprise and residential applications.

The system integrates baseband, software stack and RF, reducing barriers to entry for new suppliers developing basestations and enabling carriers to test the deployment of these new network architectures.

Many analysts and operators believe that LTE will require a dense network of small cells optimized for high-capacity data services to deliver on its full potential. The PC9608/9 is optimized for this ‘metrozone’ architecture (also called ‘LTE femto’).

“LTE network trials using traditional macro-basestations are already under way in the US, Japan and Europe,” said Aditya Kaul, senior analyst, mobile networks at ABI. “While LTE will most likely be deployed from the macro layer first, operators realize that simply providing LTE coverage will not be enough. They will need to soon complement the macro network with targeted metro, enterprise and residential femtocell deployments. We forecast that by 2014 shipments for LTE femtocells will reach 20 million annually, with most LTE femtocells supporting 3G in multimode.”

Recent news from the GSMA states that 12 carriers will have launched services by 2010, rising to 31 by end of 2011.

“picoChip pioneered the concept of the femtocell and we are the industry leader here,” commented Nigel Toon, CEO of picoChip. “What’s more, we already have a deep expertise in OFDMA / 4G, that comes from our world-leading position in WiMAX. Our OFDMA technology is now field-proven in WiMAX basestations used by over 100 operators. The PC9608 combines our experience and expertise in these two key areas to enable cost-effective LTE basestations that will accelerate the rolling out of the next generation of mobile networks.”

The PC9608 is the first full hardware and software development platform for LTE femtocells, delivering quick and simple development and prototyping to customers and bringing together full evaluation and prototyping capabilities. The core of the product is a carrier class software-defined LTE modem that is compliant with 3GPP standards and can be rapidly optimized and customized via an application programming interface (API).

Based on picoChip’s established PC203 picoArray silicon, the system supports both TDD and FDD versions of LTE, and a variety of 3GPP-defined frequencies and bandwidth specifications within the standard. The hardware is integrated into a single compact, robust chassis based on the industry-standard MicroTCA (µTCA) architecture.

Demand for mobile data services is increasing at a high rate, putting considerable strain on many cellular networks: LTE provides a potential solution to this problem. However, in order to handle this increased traffic, LTE will need to be built using fine-grained networks of small cells (femtocells). Such femtocells dramatically change the economics of building, owning and running the next generation of cellular networks, and offer the opportunity to radically reduce the cost of launching LTE services.

picoChip is the industry’s leading supplier of femtocell silicon. The company’s picoXcell™ SoCs crystallize five years’ experience in the field; its picoArray™ programmable wireless processors are class-leading flexible, programmable solutions for any wireless standard, including GSM, HSPA, TD-SCDMA, WiMAX, cdma2000, LTE and LTE-Advanced.

For further information, please contact:

picoChip Andy Gothard, picoChip, Riverside Buildings, 108 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BG, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1225 469 744 Email: andyg@picochip.com Fax: +44 1225 469 767 Web: www.picochip.com

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About picoChip picoChip is enabling the next generation of wireless infrastructure. Its picoXcell family of optimized silicon devices is the leader in the fast growing market for femtocell access points. Its picoArray family of flexible wireless processors is the leading solution for OFDMA-based network equipment, and is backed by comprehensive software support for global standards such as EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, WiMAX, LTE, cdma2000 and GSM. Located in Bath, UK and Beijing, China, picoChip is re-shaping mobile networks.

For more information, visit www.picochip.com

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