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picoChip Demonstrates 3G and LTE Femto Leadership at Femtocells World Summit

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 8:11am
picoChip will display its leadership in the femtocell and 4G markets at Femtocells World Summit this week, with live demonstrations of its award-winning PC960x LTE small cell solution, a focus on innovative HSPA+ femtocell technology and a product showcase featuring a dozen commercial femtocells.

“The femtocell concept is achieving significant commercial traction,” said Nigel Toon, CEO of picoChip. “As the world’s number one supplier of femtocell silicon, we’ve recently announced that we have sold a million devices, and that we have secured more than 20 customers for our HSPA+ femtocell offering. And it’s now becoming clear that we, along with the rest of the femto ecosystem, have built up a fund of core technology, expertise and intellectual property that can be used throughout the networks of tomorrow – to disruptive effect.”

picoChip’s stand at the exhibition will showcase the picoXcell PC3xx series of femtocell systems-on-chip (SoCs), featuring a technology called smartSignaling(™) that can significantly ease the burden placed on networks by smartphones. smartSignaling features enable up to 400 ‘always on’ users on a femtocell with additional benefits such as longer handset battery life, by simultaneously increasing the effective signaling capacity within the cell and reducing the signaling required by each smartphone.

A technology demonstration at the picoChip stand will show how an “operator-neutral” femtocell can be securely and simply reconfigured to join one of several networks. This concept could facilitate innovative business approaches by manufacturers and all types of service providers.

Agilent’s exhibit will include a jointly developed high-volume manufacturing test solution for 3G femtocell products. Based on picoChip’s picoXcell semiconductors and software, and Agilent’s N7310A chipset software, the new integrated manufacturing test solution delivers rapid calibration and verification testing capabilities for original design manufacturers (ODMs) and contract manufacturers (CMs).

picoChip’s technology is currently used by more than a hundred network operators, and in all of the main 3G femtocell roll-outs to date. Reinforcing its leadership and dominance of the industry, picoChip has also been shortlisted in four categories at this year's annual Femtocell Industry Awards; Best Commercial Deployment, Individual Contribution as well as two entries for Best Technology for its PC3x3 and PC960x products.

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