picoChip Promotes Femtocell by Joining Femto Forum

picoChip announced that it has joined the Femto Forum, which will support and promote femtocell deployment worldwide. The Forum brings together the foremost femtocell equipment vendors with the major global mobile operators assessing the technology.

The Forum will promote the uptake of femtocell technologies through open standards, market education and ecosystem development. The initial focus will be on pre-competitive standards-focused issues including radio planning & control, device provisioning & management and device to network standardization. In addition, a marketing task force will promote the benefits of femtocell technology for both operators and subscribers.

“The cost-effective provision of ubiquitous mobile broadband services as well as managing the threat posed by non-traditional telecoms operators represent two of the greatest challenges facing mobile operators today,” said Simon Saunders, Chair of the Femto Forum. “The Femto Forum will illuminate precisely how femtocells meet these challenges as well as marshalling the respective equipment vendors and operators into creating the best possible solutions for the market.”

“As the early protagonist of femtocells picoChip is pleased to see other companies rallying for the cause,” said Guillaume d’Eyssautier, CEO and President at picoChip. “The femtocell concept has finally gained its own momentum and with the backing of the Femto Forum we can all steer it on a clear path to success.”

The Forum’s first Plenary will be held at the Home Access Point & In-building Conference in London 3-5 July 2007.

The Femto Forum is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation with founding members including Airvana, ipAccess, NETGEAR, picoChip, RadioFrame, Tatara and Ubiquisys.

picoChip is the only semiconductor company focussed on wireless infrastructure, and provides software-defined radio solutions to address the key challenges of cost, development time and flexibility for the next generation of wireless systems. The company’s multi-core processors deliver a world-beating price/performance combination. picoChip is the industry standard architecture for WiMAX basestations, and is the leading supplier for the new wave of femtocells (3G/4G access points). Uniquely, the company also delivers complete, standards-compliant reference designs for UMTS (HSDPA, upgradeable to HSUPA) and WiMAX/WiBro (both 802.16d and 802.16e, with support for AAS and MIMO). 802.16-based systems using picoChip are available from Airspan, Intel, Ericsson, M/A-Com, Marconi, Nortel and a number of other manufacturers. The company also has strategic relationships with ETRI and Korea Telecom in Korea and both ICT and WSPN-BUPT (Wireless Signal Processing & Network Lab, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications) in China. picoChip technology is also being used to develop other 4G wireless protocols such as UMTS-LTE, 802.20 and TD-SCDMA.