Ubiquisys Picks Chips for Next-Gen Femto

Femtocell maker Ubiquisys Ltd. announced today that it will use chips from Israeli startup Percello Ltd. in its next-generation femtocells that will be available in the second half of this year.

Ubiquisys will also continue to use processors from current supplier Picochip , giving the femto vendor two semiconductor suppliers. More specifically, EE Times reports that Ubiquisys will use picoChip's new PC302 integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) baseband processor in its new femtocells.

According to Ubiquisys CTO Will Franks, the vendor has been working with Percello for more than a year and chose to start integrating the startup's SoCs in addition to picoChip's for "diversity of supply and new capabilities."

"[Percello's product] pulls together a number of components that were separate, optimizes the performance, and brings down the price," says Franks.

The companies also have in common that T-Mobile Venture Fund is a strategic investor. (See T-Mobile Backs Femto Chip Startup, Percello Raises $12M, and T-Mobile Invests in Femto Firm.)

Percello's PRC6000 SoC supports between eight and 16 users, data rates up to 21 Mbit/s, and a cell radius of up to 500 meters. These features would make the Ubiquisys ZoneGate femtocell suitable for both residential and enterprise applications.

Most femtocells today support up to four simultaneous users, as shown in Light Reading's new report: Who Makes What: Femtocells. Percello, picoChip, and Ubiquisys are each featured in the report, which provides a comprehensive list of the companies targeting the femto market and their products.

Neither Percello nor Ubiquisys would give away details about how much the PRC6000 costs or what the total bill of materials might be. "We know what the cost price expectations are and we think we can meet those," says Franks [ed. note: rather unhelpfully].

Ubiquisys femtocells will be used in Softbank's commercial service this year and are in trial at SFR , T-Mobile International AG , and Telefónica Europe plc (O2) . Orange has also selected the Ubiquisys femtos for an enterprise service later this year, as Unstrung exclusively reported. (See Huawei, NEC Score Orange Femtocell Deal, NEC, Ubiquisys Win Softbank Femto Deal, NEC, Ubiquisys Team, Vodafone, O2 Test Femtocells, and France Is Favorite for Femto First .)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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