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Femtocell ref design 'first' to support TD-SCDMA

Posted: 22 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:femtocell reference design? TD-SCDMA? 3G standard?

picoChip has introduced the PC8808 TD-SCDMA femtocell reference design, claimed to be the first to support the China 3G standard.

Femtocells are low-cost base stations optimized for deployment inside buildings to improve coverage and data rates. The new design was developed in China at picoChip's Beijing design center. TD-SCDMA is the third major 3G standard, and is expected to launch in the Olympic cities this summer.

The PC8808 TD-SCDMA femtocell reference design is a low-cost complete solution that supports HSDPA. The picoChip single-chip platform can integrate both Node B and protocol stack, and can easily integrate back into the core network using a number of different architectures including SIP, UMA or Iu.

With the new reference design, picoChip now supports all three 3G standardsW-CDMA through the PC8208/8209, CDMA2000 via the GWT partnership and TD-SCDMA with the PC8808. picoChip also supports WiMAX Waves 1 and 2 with its PC6530 and PC6532 single-chip reference designs, respectively.

Yang Hua, secretary general of TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance, said, "Femtocells are an important part of the TD-SCDMA ecosystem, and an essential part of operator strategy, particularly as we evolve to TD-SCDMA LTE. picoChip's achievement significantly pushes the TD-SCDMA industry forward."

"This announcement is a further example of picoChip's continuing commitment to the Chinese market and this is the first product to be wholly developed locally at our Beijing Design Center. It follows hot-on-the-heels of the recent partnership announcement with Xinwei for the implementation of its McWILL network, to be deployed for the Olympics," said Guillaume d'Eyssautier, president and CEO picoChip.

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