LONDON picoChip has set up a development centre in China to augment a sales and engineering support operation in Shenzhen that it established two years ago.
The new centre, in Beijing, complements the company’s existing development site in Bath, England, and builds on the base provided by picoChip’s established relationships and local operations.
These include a partnership with WSPN-BUPT (Wireless Signal Processing & Network Lab, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications), focused on developing wireless systems based on TD-SCDMA and commercial WiMAX systems optimised for the Chinese market.
A similar collaboration with the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), a world leader in network software and protocol stacks, has already produced software technology that is used by picoChip’s customers worldwide.
The development centre will be responsible both for work on global standards such as WiMAX, but also developments for local technologies such as TD-SCDMA.
"This is a significant step for us: as our business grows worldwide, we are growing our development strength," said Guillaume d’Eyssautier, president and CEO at picoChip. "It is no coincidence that China was the site of our first external development operation; this expansion takes us a step further in our commitment to Chinese technology and to the Chinese market - the world’s most significant for wireless. This is especially timely with the approaching launch of TD-SCDMA services."
picoChip has been working in China since early 2003, when it established a partnership in the form of a joint development centre with Millennium Meshwork Data Systems Co., Ltd. (MMDS).
"Taking an active role in the development of technology here has already paid dividends, as our people continue to demonstrate expertise and innovation to rival any region of the world in the fields of advanced wireless applications," said Steve Lu, picoChip’s VP sales, Asia.