Picochip and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) today announced that they have successfully completed the design and validation of the PC8609, which according to Picochip is the industry’s first commercial-grade LTE FDD femtocell physical layer software. The PC8609 software is now generally available (GA) to Picochip’s customers around the world.
Picochip and ASTRI started their collaboration on LTE femtocell reference design in the middle of 2008 for both LTE FDD and TD-LTE. The two companies demonstrated the world’s first TD-LTE femtocell prototype in the Mobile World Congress in February, 2009 at Barcelona and have been working on both LTE FDD and TD-LTE since.
To ensure that the PC8609 software is ready for FDD femtocell commercial deployment, the two companies have completed more than 10,000 tests to validate the software integrity, including functional, performance, conformance and stack integration tests. The level of maturity brought from this test effort has led to the successful integration of the PC8609 with several protocol stack software (both 3rd party and customer) which have passed interoperability tests with multiple commercial LTE terminals and core networks. The TD-LTE version, the PC9608, is undergoing similar testing.
The two companies are continuing their collaboration to bring the PC8608 TD-LTE femtocell physical layer software, now in Beta, to the same maturity as PC8609.