Continuous Computing, picoChip and Cavium Networks Deliver Industry’s First Complete end-to-end LTE Femtocell Reference Design
Live Demonstrations at MWC 2010 Booths: Continuous (1F4), picoChip (1D56), Cavium (2C5)
MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA – February 15, 2010 – Continuous Computing, picoChip and Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM) today announced that they have collaborated to produce the world’s first complete Long Term Evolution (LTE) femtocell reference design. Available immediately, this solution helps accelerate time to market for product developers, femtocell access point manufacturers, network equipment vendors and operators. The reference design is the industry’s first to include the LTE modem (PHY), radio frequency (RF) and packet processors, protocol software, intelligent router functionality and a complete Evolved Packet Core (EPC) simulator.
Femtocells – small, low-cost cellular basestations designed for deployment by end-users – are increasingly being seen as key to delivering improved mobile communications services in a wide range of contexts, and are expected to play a crucial role in upcoming LTE networks. LTE femtocells will allow users to benefit from the best possible experience from day one, while also enabling operators to deploy their new networks more efficiently and cost effectively than previously feasible. By employing small cells, operators can build their LTE networks in line with demand, thereby matching investment with revenue while also reducing capital expenditure.
“It is only with femtocells that LTE can truly meet its potential. They are the key to providing the experience that users will expect at a price that operators can afford. We believe that LTE femtocells ultimately will carry the vast majority of indoor mobile data traffic while also providing vital improvements to outdoor coverage and capacity, in both major cities and in remote areas,” said Nigel Toon, CEO and President, picoChip. “While there are numerous vendor demonstrations of a subset of the functions of an LTE femtocell, this reference design represents the world’s first integrated and fully-tested solution.”
“The demand for LTE femtocells is unquestionable. We are already seeing operators asking for small cell access points to start testing in the second half of this year. Femtocells represent the key to avoiding the difficulties surrounding the first 3G deployments where rollouts cost too much, took too long and did not meet user expectations,” said Mike Dagenais, President and CEO, Continuous Computing. “This LTE femtocell reference design is the culmination of a major three-way effort and represents highly sophisticated, state-of-the-art engineering and integration.”
“Conventional mobile network design is reaching its capacity limits at exactly the same time that user demand for data services is really starting to rocket. Femtocells are the only viable means of rendering mobile networks capable of meeting future demands,” said Syed Ali, President and CEO, Cavium Networks. “This complete LTE reference design allows equipment manufacturers to initiate trials quickly in order to iron out the challenges of LTE small cells. Customers can then take the system from trial to deployable product rapidly either by using a customer form factor or by leveraging the reference design’s infrastructure.”
The LTE femtocell reference design consists of a microTCA system including a chassis with a picoChip modem, mezzanine RF card and Layer 1 physical layer (PHY) software, together with Cavium Networks’ OCTEON® Plus multi-core MIPS64® processor. Continuous Computing provides Trillium® LTE Layer 2/3 protocols, the eNodeB reference application and a complete EPC Core Network Emulator (CNE). Continuous Computing’s Trillium LTE eNodeB protocols have been optimized on Cavium’s Simple Executive software environment to provide market-leading performance and reduced latency.
All three companies have extensive femtocell and LTE experience. picoChip provides the PHY solutions underlying the first wave of commercial 3G femtocell deployments and was also one of the first companies to show LTE in action back in 2008. Continuous Computing already has 13 LTE design wins, extending from the Radio Access Network to the EPC, as well as 20 femtocell customer wins. Finally, with wide range of design wins in the 3G and 4G markets, the Cavium Networks OCTEON processor is becoming the mainstream solution ranging from Layer 2 to Layer 7 processing for base stations and the processor choice for packet core equipment.
The LTE femtocell reference design will be demonstrated at all three companies’ booths at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and is available immediately. For more information, please visit one of the web sites or MWC booths: Continuous Computing (Hall 1, Stand F4), picoChip (Hall 1, Stand D56), Cavium Networks (Hall 2, Stand C5).
About Continuous Computing
Continuous Computing® is the global source of Trillium®-powered wireless and packet processing hardware and software solutions that enable network equipment providers to overcome the mobile broadband capacity challenge quickly and cost effectively. Leveraging more than 20 years of telecom innovation, the company enables customers to increase ROI by focusing internal resources on differentiation for 3G, Long Term Evolution (LTE), Femtocell and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) applications. Expertise, innovation and responsiveness are the difference: only Continuous Computing combines best-in-class ATCA platforms with world-famous Trillium software to create highly-optimized, field-proven products. www.ccpu.com
Continuous Computing is an active member of 3GPP, CP-TA, ETSI, Femto Forum, Intel Embedded Alliance, PICMG and the SCOPE Alliance.
picoChip is enabling the next generation of wireless infrastructure. Its picoXcell™ family of optimized silicon devices is the leader in the fast growing market for femtocell access points. Its picoArray™ family of flexible wireless processors is the leading solution for OFDMA-based network equipment, and is backed by comprehensive software support for global standards such as EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, WiMAX, LTE, cdma2000 and GSM. Located in Bath, UK and Beijing, China, picoChip is re-shaping mobile networks. For more information, visit www.picochip.com
About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking,communications, storage, wireless and security applications. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 40 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment. CaviumNetworks processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. CaviumNetworks principal offices are in Mountain View, California with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit: http://www.caviumnetworks.com.