Lime, picoChip To Announce 3G/4G Femtocell Design In Q1 '09
Lime Microsystems and picoChip developing a reference platform for 3G and 4G femtocells which they expect to make available in the first quarter of next year.
The platform will operate in all frequency bands of interest, including existing and emerging bands, says Lime.
It will be based on Lime's multi-band multi-standard RF transceiver IC, the LMS6002, alongside picoChip's picoXcell baseband solutions for femtocells.
The reference platform will enable femtocell designs based on 3G or 4G standards (WCDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000, LTE, and WiMAX).
The platform’s configurability will accelerate adoption of emerging standards and enable femtocell deployment using less common cellular frequencies – for instance at 700MHz or 1.5GHz.
"The reference platform will enable our mutual customers to accelerate development cycles for femtocell products and will support easier migration from 3G to 4G technology," says Philippe Roux, v-p business development at Lime Microsystems.
“Lime offers an RF transceiver solution that can operate in any frequency band, allowing it to address femtocell applications which cannot be served by other solutions,” says Rupert Baines, v-p marketing at picoChip.
Lime Microsystems’ LMS6002 is a multi-band multi-standard RF transceiver IC designed for femtocells and small cell basestations.
The transceiver operates at user-selectable frequencies between 375MHz and 4GHz and is suitable for WCDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000, WiMAX, and LTE standards.
The transceiver can be digitally configured to operate in the full range of frequency bands, with 16 user-selectable bandwidths up to 28MHz. This removes the need for individual transceiver chips for each of the different bands, and allows a small cell base station to be reconfigured rapidly and simply.
The resulting reduction in bill of materials minimises costs and inventory for OEMs.
Источник: Electronics Weekly
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