Picochip Powers LTE Femtocell from Airspan
Spain, 14th February – At the Mobile World Congress, Picochip has announced that its picoArray™ technology has been selected to implement LTE and other wireless processing in Airspan’s new multi-standard ‘small cell’ basestation, the AirSynergy. Designed to deliver high-performance data capacity to densely populated urban hotspots, AirSynergy is easy to deploy in metropolitan areas on buildings, strand-mounted from utility poles or on lamp posts. Picochip provided Airspan with proven, robust processing power that allowed it to develop the innovative AirSynergy wireless broadband solution, which supports multiple standards including LTE, and includes integrated wireless backhaul. AirSynergy uses the same picoArray technology that has helped win Picochip a Finalist’s place in the 2011 GSMA Technology Awards, for its PC960x LTE femtocell solution.
“LTE carriers need to fill service gaps in their networks with small cell base stations, such as AirSynergy, to deliver the promised download speeds and capacity to their customers. Picochip is helping us to make this possible,” said Paul Senior, CTO of Airspan. “We needed a cost-effective solution with low power consumption and high RF performance; Picochip, as a leading technology supplier for small cells, was the obvious choice.” “This year will see the femtocell market expand from its foundations in residential applications, to include metropolitan and rural deployment, in 3G and LTE,” said Nigel Toon, CEO of Picochip. “Airspan’s selection of Picochip for LTE is a strong validation of our leadership and a continuation of our long standing relationship. For LTE to deliver its potential, the network must be optimized around high performance small cells, with a dense deployment of cost-effective solutions like AirSynergy.”