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Partnership aims to develop 3G, 4G femtocell reference platform

Posted: 08 Dec 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3G 4G  platform reference  femtocell 

Lime Microsystems and picoChip Designs Ltd are collaborating to develop a reference platform for 3G and 4G femtocells. The highly frequency-agile platform will operate in all frequency bands of interest, including existing and emerging bands. It will be based on Lime's multi-band, multi-standard RF transceiver IC, the LMS6002, alongside picoChip's picoXcell base band solutions for femtocells.

This jointly-developed platform will enable femtocell designs based on 3G or 4G standards (W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000, LTE and WiMAX). Its configurable nature 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," said Philippe Roux, VP of business development at Lime Microsystems.

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 W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000, WiMAX and LTE standards. It can be digitally configured to operate in the full range of frequency bands, with 16 user-selectable bandwidths up to 28MHz.

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