Ubiquisys, the leading supplier of 3G Femtocells, and Percello, a UMTS/LTE femtocell SoC vendor, announced that the companies are working together to integrate SoC technology into the Ubiquisys ZoneGate femtocell. Percello will become a strategic supplier to Ubiquisys, opening up a new semiconductor supply channel for the company. Percello has been working with Ubiquisys since January 2008 to ensure that their low-cost high-performance baseband processor fully supports the advanced functionality of the ZoneGate femtocell. These advanced functions, such as the cognitive radio technology that provides smart interference management, are a pre-requisite for commercial mass deployment.
“Percello’s PRC6000 offers high levels of integration and performance, it supports our femtocell’s advanced features, and it does all this with low power consumption and at the right price,” said Ubiquisys CEO Chris Gilbert. “We are delighted to be working with a company of Percello’s calibre as femtocells enter the mass deployment phase.”
“Ubiquisys, acknowledged as the leading femtocell vendor, is an excellent partner for Percello to drive aggressively into the femtocell market,” said Shlomo Gadot, Percello CEO. “Ubiquisys has the most mature femtocell software stack, which has helped us accelerate the development of the PRC6000′s advanced features.”
“I am glad that the investment of the T-Mobile Venture Fund in both companies led to such an efficient type of collaboration. It supports our femtocell strategy and it drives the entire industry forward,” said Joachim Horn, T-Mobile CTO and member of the Investment Committee of the T-Mobile Venture Fund.
A femtocell is a small cellular access point, typically designed for use in residential or small business environments. It connects to the service provider’s network through the consumer’s DSL, cable or fiber optic broadband connection and allows service providers to extend service coverage and capacity indoors, especially where access would otherwise be limited or unavailable. The consumer will benefit from excellent mobile coverage, bandwidth and additional services at landline rates.
Ubiquisys is the specialist femtocell company recently recognized by the World Economic Forum as a 2009 Technology Pioneer. Its ZoneGate femtocells are manufactured with Sony UK Tech and are available as standalone units or as part of a residential gateway device such as Netgear’s DVG834GH. In 2007 Ubiquisys created the Femto Forum to promote standards and partnerships in this fast-emerging industry. ABI Research named Ubiquisys as the world’s leading femtocell vendor in their 2008 Femtocell Vendor Matrix. In September 2008 the company announced that Softbank would be the world’s first operator to offer 3G femtocell services using the ZoneGate. Ubiquisys is funded by Accel Partners, Advent Venture Partners, Atlas Venture, Google and T-Mobile Venture Fund.
Percello, a fabless semiconductor company, was founded to provide digital baseband solutions to the challenges of the 3G/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+/LTE femtocells market: cost, power, level of integration, development time and flexibility. Percello team has vast knowledge in silicon design, software and 3G/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+/LTE communication systems. The team has proven capability to deliver complicated SoC from standard to mass production. Percello’s architecture combines programmable multi processing DSPs and dedicated HW accelerators. This approach is optimized for power consumption, cost reduction and risk minimization. Percello’s first chip, PRC6000, is the first worldwide SoC (System on a Chip) solution dedicated for the emerging 3G UMTS femtocell market. The chip is a highly integrated device supporting all femtocell backhauling functions such as timing, security and others. PRC6000 is compliant to 3GPP Rel 7 baseline and is capable of delivering 21.6Mbps downlink and 5.76 uplink.