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3G basestations to fit on USB dongle, says Picochip

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:femtocell? 3G basestation? USB?

Picochip disclosed its roadmap for its picoXcell technology which will enable an entire 3G cellular basestation to fit into a dongle form factor.

Aside from this concept, the company at CES 2011 exhibited enabling technology for small form factor public access HSPA+ femtocells (sometimes known as picocells or microcells); picoArray technology that is already delivering 4G services around the world and enabling LTE trials today; and the company�s new platform for dual mode (LTE and HSPA+) small cells.

The availability of ultra-small femtocells will allow operators to easily add HSPA+ home-basestation capabilities to appliances such as residential gateways, cable modems and set-top boxes, simply by plugging in a USB key. A �private cellsite? solution like this will solve consumer problems of �not-spots? or coverage holes, deliver far faster data services than on a conventional cell, improve battery life and enable a variety of innovative �home zone? services.

Advances in semiconductor processing and packaging, signal processing algorithms and systems integration, along with the advent of USB 3.0, have all come together to make the concept of a USB femtocell into a realistic possibility. The development builds on Picochip�s optimized range of silicon and software products for high-volume manufacturers of residential HSPA+ femtocells, that deliver best-in-class system power budget, and have reduced the total component cost of a 3G femtocell to less than $50.

�It may sound incredible, but within a matter of months we'll be able to fit a complete 3G basestation on a USB dongle,? said Rupert Baines, VP of Marketing at Picochip.





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