Network-infrastructure semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies has put the finishing touches on its acquisition of Picochip Limited, a U.K.-based, privately held supplier of integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices for small-cell basestations. Consensus has it that Picochip is the leading supplier of SoC solutions for small-cell basestations. A pioneer in the femtocell market, the company has developed an extremely broad portfolio of next-generation small-cell SoCs for enterprise, metro, and residential basestations. According to Mindspeed’s chief executive officer Raouf Y. Halim, the combination bolsters and accelerates the companies’ position in both 3G/high-speed packet access (HSPA) and 4G/Long-Term Evolution (LTE). Mindspeed plans to introduce an expanded product line as well as a product roadmap that leverages the combined capabilities of Mindspeed and Picochip at Mobile World Congress 2012 in booth 1E.57 at the Fira Montjuïc in Barcelona, Spain, from February 27 to March 1, 2012.