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Anglo/German Partnership on LTE Base Stations
UK company picoChip is collaborating with German counterpart, mimoOn, to deliver the industry’s first complete Long Term Evolution (LTE) base station reference design. The new PC86xx family of LTE reference designs cover the full range of eNode Bs from femtocells to multi-sector macrocells and is supported on the same common hardware platforms as picoChip’s WiMAX products.
The LTE reference design empowers OEMs with faster time-to-market and lower development costs as they can focus their resources on adding value and differentiating their products. As a software-defined solution, it is future-proof and can be upgraded as the LTE standard is refined and updated. Finally, the common platform also supports WiMAX, with Wave 2 and MIMO available now, and upgrades for Release 1.x (FDD) and 16m.
“MimoOn’s expertise enabled the development of this LTE base station solution—we are proud to be partnering with them,” said Guillaume d’Eyssautier, president and CEO, picoChip. “It is crucial that we continue to provide our customers with the ability to develop systems on the latest wireless standards as they become available, to implement software upgrades as those standards are ratified, and to have the flexibility to improve them going forward. That is the picoChip chip advantage.”