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picoChip Develops First Public Access Femtocell Solution

Tue, 10/26/2010 - 11:42am
picoChip recently unveiled the PC333, the first chip specifically designed to extend the femtocell into the realm of public access infrastructure such as metro femto, rural femto and strand-mounted systems. The PC333 System-on-Chip (SoC) device is the first femtocell chip to support 32 channels (scalable to 64) for simultaneous voice and HSPA+ data, the first to support MIMO, the first to support soft-handover and the first to conform to the Local Area Basestation (LABS) standard, enabling higher performance than any other femtocell solution.

Building on the success of the industry-standard PC302 and PC312 products for cost-effective residential systems, this further extends picoChip’s leadership in the femtocell market. The PC333 enables small basestations for urban hot-spots, city-centers or public access to be made and deployed at a cost far lower than traditional approaches, radically changing the economics of network infrastructure.

The PC333 is the highest-specification femtocell available, and represents a significant step in bringing a complete 3GPP Release 8 Local Area 42Mbps HSPA+ basestation onto a single-chip. LABS is the 3GPP definition for systems with higher performance than home-basestations, allowing higher capacity, 120km/h mobility and +24dBm output power for greater than 2km range.

The PC333 supports 32 channels, each with both voice and HSPA+ data and with picoChip’s smartSignaling™ technology ? in excess of 400 simultaneous smartphone users. Two of the devices can also be cascaded to support 64 active channels. Sampling in 4Q2010 to lead customers, the PC333 builds upon the feature set of picoChip’s picoXcell PC3xx family of products and offers customers a seamless migration path with full pin and code-compatibility.

With the launch of the PC333, picoChip offers the industry’s most complete femtocell product line-up, ranging from the most cost-effective residential and enterprise to now support metro, rural and public access systems.

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