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Picochip has brought out the industry’s first fully featured LTE development system for small cells, helping OEMs bring to market the next generation of highly cost-effective LTE base-stations.

Picochip combined its OFDMA technology and experience in femtocells for the PC9608/9, which accelerates time to market of small form factor LTE products (‘Home eNode B’), which are optimised for metropolitan, enterprise and residential applications.

The system integrates baseband, software stack and RF, reducing barriers to entry for new suppliers developing basestations and enabling carriers to test the deployment of these new network architectures.

Many analysts and operators believe that LTE will require a dense network of small cells optimised for high-capacity data services to deliver on its full potential.

The PC9608/9 is optimised for this ‘metrozone’ architecture (also called ‘LTE femto’).

The PC9608 is the first full hardware and software development platform for LTE femtocells.

It delivers quick and simple development and prototyping to customers, bringing together full evaluation and prototyping capabilities.

The core of the product is a carrier-class software-defined LTE modem that is compliant with 3GPP standards and can be rapidly optimised and customised via an application programming interface (API).

Based on Picochip’s established PC203 Picoarray silicon, the system supports TDD and FDD versions of LTE and a variety of 3GPP-defined frequencies and bandwidth specifications in the standard.

The hardware is integrated into a single compact, robust chassis based on the industry-standard MicroTCA (uTCA) architecture.

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