A colleague from LinkedIn just posted today a very interesting news. picoChip, the industry’s leading supplier of femtocell technology, has presented the PC333. It is the first chip specifically designed to extend the femtocell into the realm of public access infrastructure such as metro femto, rural femto and strand-mounted systems.

From ElectronicSpecifier:

The PC333 System-on-Chip (SoC) device is the first femtocell chip to support 32 channels (scalable to 64) for simultaneous voice and HSPA+ data, the first to support MIMO, the first to support soft-handover and the first to conform to the Local Area Basestation (LABS) standard, enabling higher performance than any other femtocell solution.

The PC333 is the highest-specification femtocell available, and represents a significant step in bringing a complete 3GPP Release 8 Local Area 42Mbps HSPA+ basestation onto a single-chip. LABS is the 3GPP definition for systems with higher performance than home-basestations, allowing higher capacity, 120km/h mobility and +24dBm output power for greater than 2km range. The PC333 supports 32 channels, each with both voice and HSPA+ data and, with picoChip’s smartSignaling(tm) technology, in excess of 400 simultaneous smartphone users. Two of the devices can also be cascaded to support 64 active channels. Sampling in 4Q2010 to lead customers, the PC333 builds upon the feature set of picoChip’s industry-leading picoXcell PC3xx family of products and offers customers a seamless migration path with full pin and code-compatibility. With the launch of the PC333, picoChip offers the industry’s most complete femtocell product line-up, ranging from the most cost-effective residential and enterprise to now support metro, rural and public access systems.