The new device is optimized for high-volume cost-sensitive consumer applications and maintains Mindspeed’s leadership in this market as carrier deployments are accelerating.
The PC3008 is the first in the PC30xx family of devices Mindspeed’s third generation of femtocell (Home NodeB) devices, following the market-creating PC202 and the industry-standard PC3xx series. It supports eight users with Release 7 HSPA+ (21Mbps downlink, 5Mbps uplink), and embodies Mindspeed’s field-proven robust PHY, already approved by many operators, reducing the risks and time-to-market for system developers. It is manufactured using 40nm process technology and features a fast (1GHz) ARM11 processor with TrustZone®. Compared to previous SoCs it enhances security functions and increases integration, reducing external component count and hence bill-of-materials (BOM). It also includes optimized support for next generation low-cost and low-power femtocell radios.
The PC3008 integrates the key components of a 3G femtocell into an a QFN package just 12mm (0.5inch) square, enabling OEMs to produce smaller and more cost-effective femtocells. As a demonstration of the low power, small size and integration that PC30xx series devices will enable, Mindspeed shared an example of an HSPA+ femtocell in a USB dongle – the world’s smallest 3G base station.
Mindspeed is delivering the widest portfolio of femtocell technologies, from residential to the 64-user systems for enterprise and public access. The PC302 is the industry standard for cost-sensitive residential systems (3GPP Home NodeB), the same application as the forthcoming PC3008. The more powerful PC323 supports 24 users, receive diversity and MIMO and is being used in enterprise femtocell systems being deployed by carriers this year, while the PC333 is the highest-specification femtocell chip on the market, with up to 64 users and meeting the 3GPP Local Area Base station standard (LABS).
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