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Ikanos Partners with picoChip to Advance Femtocell Market

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 5:57am
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (USA) and BATH, ENGLAND -- Ikanos Communications, Inc., a provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home, and picoChip recently announced a strategic relationship to advance the integration of smart mobile devices into the home network.

Together, picoChip — a leading provider of femtocell technology products that enable new types of cellular communications service — and Ikanos are making possible single box multiservice gateways that support the integration of smart mobile devices into the home network.

These products will enable improved cellular coverage and will enhance the mobile broadband experience with the delivery of rich media content, such as video to the wireless handset.

Sagemcom, one of Europe's leading developers of advanced broadband communications equipment, has selected the Ikanos and picoChip-based femtocell/xDSL gateway for worldwide deployments. The next-generation single box gateway — Sagemcom's BroadW@ve 4704 — combines Ikanos' advanced A/VDSL Fusiv communications processor and picoChip's robust PC302 picoXcell™ baseband system-on-chip (SOC), and is currently in field trials with several leading service providers.

"Integrated femtocell-xDSL gateways are the future of cellular and home interconnectivity," said Eric Rieul, Sagemcom's director of energy and telecom business unit. "Ikanos and picoChip are enabling us to quickly bring to market the next-generation of advanced femtocell gateways, which are capable of meeting our service providers' stringent requirements, while increasing access to broadband mobile services and reducing the proliferation of multiple boxes in the home."

The femtocell-integrated xDSL gateway is designed to provide end-to-end quality of service (QoS) capabilities for the prioritization of time critical traffic — such as voice calls — over less critical data services. Additionally, the single management framework software allows ease-of-management of in-home IP devices and enables the provisioning of location- and context-based femtozone services, such as security alerts and smart home control.

Ikanos and picoChip have developed a femtocell-integrated xDSL reference design which combines Ikanos' Fusiv Vx180 A/VDSL communications processor with picoChip's PC302 picoXcell baseband SOC.

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