LONDON Wireless networking specialists picoChip and ArrayComm have teamed in a deal that will see ArrayComm’s Network MIMO software incorporated into the PHY of picoChip’s wireless designs.
PicoChip (Bath, England) will offer the smart antennas and MIMO option to customers using its WiMAX basestation and subscriber station designs.
ArrayComm’s Network MIMO software implements all the antenna processing aspects of the WiMAX profiles recently approved by the WiMAX Forum Mobile Task Group (MTG) for IEEE 802.16e.
The solution includes support for MIMO, adaptive antenna systems (AAS) and combined MIMO/AAS modes on both subscriber terminals and basestations, providing operators with optimized user data rates, cell range, and network capacity for mobile broadband services.
“picoChip has demonstrated that it is ahead of the game in providing innovative and flexible solutions for wireless broadband access systems. Future applications will need smart antenna technology to deliver the cost and performance advantages that WiMAX promises," said Martin Cooper, ArrayComm’s founder and executive chairman, in a statement.