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Korea Telecom picks picoChip for Femtocell devt

Posted: 25 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:picoChip? Korea Telecom? KT? WiBro? WiMAX?

picoChip announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Korea Telecom (KT) to develop WiBro/WiMAX access points, sometimes called Femtocells or Home-basestations. The company's multi-core DSP is the industry standard architecture for WiMAX infrastructure, and is also being widely used for WCDMA Femtocells.

Femtocells are small, low-cost basestations, intended to be used in residential or corporate environments where high-speed coverage would otherwise be limited. By enabling cost-effective deployment they allow carriers to compete with UMA or voice-over-WiFi. The idea is increasingly recognized in the 3G community, but as the carrier most advanced in deploying WiBro, KT is the first to develop such a program for WiMAX, said the press release. WiBro, the wireless telecommunications standard which South Korean recently launched, is compatible with mobile WiMAX and aims to be the technology that delivers personal broadband to consumers around the globe.

According to the press release, the partnership developments will focus around the recently introduced PC20x family of processors from picoChip. The devices enable a single chip WiMAX BS PHY with integrated ARM for upper layer protocols. The picoChip platform is flexible and upgradeable.

Yoon Jong Lok, senior executive vice president of KT, commented, "We are pleased to be co-developing WiMAX access points with the leader in Femtocell technology. Critically, picoChip delivers a complete solution, based on their cost-effective single chip processor. This is essential for this high volume market area where low bill-of-materials is necessary for success."

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