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Baseband ref design suits eight-user femtocells

Posted: 19 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:baseband? femtocell? W-CDMA? 3G reference design?

picoChip has developed the PC8219, a complete baseband solution for eight-user W-CDMA femtocells designed to run on the PC202 processor chip.

The PC8219 is a complete eight-user femtocell baseband implementation that is compliant with 3GPP Release 6 HSUPA and can support the new femto-specific features from Release 8. Building on picoChip's software tested over a number of years of femtocell development, the new solution will allow customers to use their existing hardware platforms to rapidly produce robust, carrier-class products suitable for the enterprise femtocell market.

"Eight-user femtocell deployment is emerging as a top priority for many network operators, who see the potential to offer enhanced services to business customers," said Nigel Toon, president and CEO at picoChip. "By combining larger capacity with the low cost and ease of installation of the femtocell, we believe we can assist OEMs in addressing this substantial and growing market."

The new design extends picoChip's range of software reference designs based on its programmable picoArray. This flexible approach allows OEMs to get a head start in designing their products, creating solutions that can be optimized and field proven. Subsequent "hardening" into a system-on-chip platform can be undertaken as required by cost and volume demands. The company offers solutions for all of the major 3G standards, WiMAX, and recently demonstrated the industry's first Long Term Evolution reference designs.

The PC8219 enables high-speed data, voice and multimedia services, effectively complementing the functions of an eight-line PBX for small enterprise use. It runs on a single PC202-10 picoArray device that includes an integrated ARM9 core, providing a cost-effective, fully programmable product that allows rapid customization, optimization and upgrades. The solution is suitable for all backhaul architectures, most importantly the new Iuh from 3GPP Release 8.





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