WiMAX femtocell designs

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picoChip’s WiMAX products have become a de facto standard and are used in systems available from industry leaders such as Airspan, Intel, Ericsson, Nortel and Marconi.

PC6530These solutions include the PC6532 fully integrated PHY+MAC programmable solution for WiMAX femtocells: the industry’s only single-chip femtocell design to support WiMAX Wave 2 and full IO-MIMO in both downlink and uplink.

Building on the success of picoChip’s PC6530 Wave 1 solution, the PC6532 integrates full PHY and MAC functions into a single PC205 device. It offers the industry’s lowest-cost solution for a complete WiMAX Wave 2 femtocell, supporting Matrix A and Matrix B downlink functionality, and both MRC and UL-CSM uplink.

Femtocell in a box
To support OEMs, operators, research laboratories and software vendors developing WiMAX systems, picoChip provides a turnkey femtocell demonstration platform. Implementing a complete 802.16e WiMAX network within one box, the PC9530 consists of femtocell basestation with 2.5GHz radio, a PC running ASN gateway and core network functionality and all supporting equipment. Available both as a fully-featured laboratory standard product in a ruggedized metal chassis, or as a configurable demo kit, the platform includes a picoArray-based subsystem with PC6530/PC6532 baseband object code and Linux board support package, demonstration radio, object code for a network emulator to run on a Windows PC, cables, connectors and RF peripherals, and PCMCIA MS terminals.

picoChip’s award-winning WiMAX platform has demonstrated the widest range of interoperability with third-party terminals through active participation at the WiMAX Forum’s Plugfest for Interoperability events. AT4 Wireless is the WiMAX Forum’s approved testing authority for the certification of WiMAX products and uses the picoChip WiMAX reference design as the core in its protocol conformance tester.

picoChip pioneered the femtocell concept from its inception. In addition to our WiMAX products, we offer software-defined solutions for all three major 3G wireless technologies: WCDMA, TD-SCDMA and cdma2000. Finally, we are a founder member and active participant in the Femto Forum, an independent membership body whose mission is to encourage innovation, collaboration and product interoperability across the industry.