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News Release from: ARM
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 22 September 2005

Core chosen for picoArray products

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PicoChip's next generation picoArray flexible products for WiMAX and WCDMA infrastructure will incorporate ARM's ARM926EJ-S processor

picoChip's next generation picoArray flexible products for WiMAX and WCDMA infrastructure will incorporate ARM's ARM926EJ-S processor, to create the first single-chip, software-defined solution for advanced wireless systems. Combining ARM processor technology and picoChip's fully programmable signal processing array in an advanced 90nm device significantly reduces the cost of WiMAX deployment without compromising the flexibility essential for standards compliance and system performance enhancement.

The cost-effective solution will enable carriers to build-out their infrastructure based on the current 802.16d WiMAX standard, and quickly upgrade their equipment to support mobility once the new 802.16e standard is complete.

WiMAX implementations are power intensive and currently require increasing numbers of DSP or FPGA devices, with a consequent escalation of costs.

With the ARM Powered picoChip offering, carriers will be able to bring mobile WiMAX services online in the shortest time frame possible.

This will enable customers to maximise the benefit from the WiMAX standard with ubiquitous broadband internet access and enhanced mobile multimedia services.

'The picoChip architecture delivers the most cost-effective way of implementing a flexible solution for any wireless system, with significantly better cost and power than legacy multiple combined DSP and FPGA offerings', said Guillaume d'Eyssautier, CEO and President, picoChip.

'As we broaden the portfolio of picoArray products, we required a single-chip, cost-optimised 90nm offering for our high-volume customers'.

'To integrate the control and media access controller (MAC) functions, we chose the 90nm synthesisable ARM processor because its area and power efficiency will enable us to continue our price and power leadership'.

'The ARM architecture is widely used and respected throughout the WiMAX value chain', said Mike Inglis, EVP, Marketing, ARM.

'By incorporating the ARM926EJ-S processor in their next-generation solutions, picoChip is not only providing its customers with a lower cost, bill of materials (BOM) solution, but also a standardised software development platform for a fast path to WiMAX certification and productisation'.

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