PicoChip used the LTE World Summit in London as the venue to announce further details of what it says are the industry’s first complete Long Term Evolution (LTE) basestation reference designs. The PC8618 picocell and the PC8608 femtocell platforms were designed in conjunction with picoChip’s development and research partners, mimoOn and Astri, respectively. The designs will enable high-capacity wireless networks for enterprise, metropolitan, "hot-zone," home, and rural applications.

Both designs run on picoChip’s PC203 processor and will support frequency-division duplex and time-division duplex modes with LTE. They reinforce the company’s belief that LTE is best delivered using small cells with self-configuration and self-optimization features that reduce operators’ capital and operating expenditures while maximizing capacity and efficiency.

The PC8618 and PC8608 software reference designs accommodate both downlink and uplink transport and physical channel types required by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). They target OEMs requiring a single-sector solution and fully comply with Release 8 TS36 series standards. The designs are the first products in picoChip’s planned family of LTE solutions implementing the 3GPP Home eNodeB specification.

The company is already engaged with customers for its LTE software reference designs and is delivering preliminary code. Because the designs run on production silicon, customers can use picoChip’s existing range of development boards and software support to accelerate their end-product development and facilitate early trials.

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