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picoChip sets up devt center in Beijing

Posted: 23 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:picoChip? WiMAX? development center? R&D center? research center?

picoChip, a provider of software-defined radio solutions, has set up a development center in China to augment a sales and engineering support operation in Shenzhen that it established two years ago.

The new Beijing center complements the company's existing development site in Bath, England, and builds on the base provided by picoChip's established relationships and local operations.

These include a partnership with Wireless Signal Processing & Network Lab, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, focused on developing wireless systems based on TD-SCDMA and commercial WiMAX systems optimised for the Chinese market.

A similar collaboration with the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a leader in network software and protocol stacks, has already produced software technology used by picoChip's customers worldwide.

The development center will be responsible both for work on global standards such as WiMAX, but also developments for local technologies such as TD-SCDMA.

"This is a significant step for us: as our business grows worldwide, we are growing our development strength," said Guillaume d'Eyssautier, president and CEO at picoChip. "It is no coincidence that China was the site of our first external development operation; this expansion takes us a step further in our commitment to Chinese technology and to the Chinese market - the world's most significant for wireless. This is especially timely with the approaching launch of TD-SCDMA services."

picoChip has been working in China since early 2003, when it established a partnershipin the form of a joint development centerwith Millennium Meshwork Data Systems Co. Ltd.

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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