Picochip extends small cells portfolio with next generation public access and enterprise silicon

December 06, 2011 // By Paul Buckley
Picochip has launched the company's next generation of public access and enterprise silicon. The new devices are the PC3024 for enterprise use and the PC3032 for metro and rural small cells. The devices are the latest members of Picochip's market leading family of small cell System-on-Chip (SoC) products, and build  on the success of the PC323 and PC33 - the latter being the first SoC on the market for the new breed of 'small cell' and 'metro cell' basestations.

The new devices are the first 'small cell' optimized system-on-chip (SoC) silicon products in 40nm process node; a move made possible thanks to Picochip's close working relationship with TSMC. Both the PC3024 and PC3032 offer improved performance from a 1 GHz ARM11 processor and by continuing to use Picochip's field-proven PHY and software, customers can easily migrate to the new devices with minimal cost or risk. The PC3024 and PC3032 also offer the industry's best security, significantly exceeding 3GPP TR 33.820 with ARM TrustZone (TPM capable), 4096 bits of security keys, secure boot and are the first femtocells to support SNOW3G, the new, enhanced cryptography standard in 3GPP.     

“Picochip was the first company to release small cell silicon designed expressly for metropolitan and enterprise usage and the next generation builds on the success of the last” said Caroline Gabriel, Research Director Rethink Technology Research. “More and more network operators are realising that small cells will have to be an essential part of their networks in the future, and these new products from Picochip will make that shift possible.”     

“Picochip pioneered the small cell market, and there are more 3G basestations using our baseband than any other supplier. We were the first company to develop silicon for femtocells, the first to develop SoCs for enterprise and metropolitan use and we're continuing to extend this leadership with the PC3024 and PC3032,” said Nigel Toon, CEO, Picochip. “We're now in a position where nearly all of the world's mobile operators have realised that small cells are essential to the success of their network, offloading traffic and delivering coverage exactly where it's needed. No other semiconductor company can offer the performance, cost-optimization or the technology leadership of Picochip and we've taken another yet step ahead with these new products.”     

The PC333 claims to be the highest-performing femtocell SoC on the market, and is re-defining the fundamental architecture of mobile networks, being