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Three firms showcase 3GPP LTE femtocell functionality

Posted: 24 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE? 3GPP? femtocell? multicore? DSP?

Agilent Technologies Inc. recently announced that engineers from Agilent, picoChip Designs Ltd and mimoOn GmbH have successfully tested a 3GPP LTE femtocell reference design using Agilent's MXA signal analyzer VSA test solutions.

The three companies teamed up to ensure that the tests of their reference design meet the requirements of the LTE standard being developed. The engineering cooperation has advanced the technology needed to meet the demands of the emerging LTE femtocell market.

The test solutions used to validate the femtocell reference design included an Agilent MXA Signal Analyzer with the Agilent 89600 Series Vector Signal Analysis (VSA) software and its new 3GPP LTE modulation analysis option. This option provides RF and baseband engineers working on early LTE devices with the industry's most comprehensive signal analysis solution for physical layer testing and troubleshooting. The Agilent 3GPP LTE VSA option enables LTE signal analysis from the analog or digital baseband through to the RF antenna for Node B infrastructure as well as end-user equipment prototype designs.

"Agilent is fully committed in addressing the complete functionality and performance test requirements that engineers need to create high-quality products for the LTE market," said Guy Sene, VP and general manager, signal analysis division, Agilent. "These advances in testing for femtocells will significantly contribute to the market delivery of this innovative technology," he added.

Meanwhile, mimoOn developed the reference design code to run on picoChip's multicore DSP platform. The reference designs allow OEMs to achieve faster time-to-market and lower development costs because they can focus their resources on adding value and differentiating their products. As a software-defined solution, it is future-proof and can be upgraded as the LTE standard is refined and updated.

"LTE is the next market for picoChip," said Guillaume d'Eyssautier, president and CEO, picoChip. "We are the only femtocell silicon vendor with operator commitment, and it is crucial that we continue to leverage that at every stage. Simply put, the two-year experience lead that we have over the competition in femtocells, adding our industry-leading expertise in WiMAX(tm), will sustain our LTE customers' competitive edgeaccelerating their programs, improving development efficiency and reducing cost."

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