Wavesat and Picochip have successfully completed interoperability testing (IOT) between Picochip’s PC960x LTE small cell base station solution and Wavesat’s Odyssey 9000 family of UE chipsets. Completing this series of LTE service and IOT milestones represents success in the two companies’ jointly stated aim of delivering full performance with end-to-end interoperability.

The first Wavesat Odyssey 9000 chipsets feature CAT-3 performance (100 Mb/s downlink, 50 Mb/s uplink) for user equipment such as USB dongles, data cards, mobile handsets and tablets/MIDs. These were tested with Picochip’s PC9608/9 ‘small cell’ base station development platform developed jointly with Continuous Computing (CCPU), connecting to both network test and commercial EPC gateway products.

This latest announcement follows on from the memorandum of understanding that the two companies agreed in March 2010, concerning end-to-end LTE interoperability testing for their products. This assists LTE network operators, systems integrators and OEM/ODM system manufacturers, who stand to benefit from the availability of the combined, tested technologies such as fully conformant/ready-to-ship eNodeB reference designs.

“Working with Wavesat has enabled Picochip’s team at our IOT lab here in Bath, UK, to rapidly deliver a level of functionality and performance in excess even of our own expectations. The speed of integration was especially pleasing,” said David Maidment, VP of product management at Picochip. “The Picochip Home eNodeB reference platform is in integration testing with leading infrastructure vendors and network operators, and showing end-to-end IOT with both core and commercial UE bodes well for next year.”

“Our two companies are committed to broadening the LTE ecosystem with full featured femtocell, picocell and end user devices,” said Anil Barot, VP of marketing and business development at Wavesat. “These results demonstrate the proven reality of open market small cells and commercial UEs delivering high performance. Our joint efforts will give more confidence to network equipment manufacturers and carriers about deploying fully inter-operable and pre-tested systems.”