Tatara Systems and picoChip Collaborate on SIP/IMS Femtocell Solution

    Partnership to Speed the Deployment of All-IP Femtocell Solutions

    ACTON, MASS. AND BATH, UK, March 27 /CNW/ - Tatara Systems and picoChip
today announced a partnership to collaborate on and jointly market all-IP
solutions for the femtocell market. The partnership will focus on developing a
SIP/IMS-enabled femtocell reference design to ease the integration of
femtocells into a mobile operator's network thus enabling the significant
advantages of an all-IP approach. The collaboration will include picoChip's
portfolio of products, including the PC8208 HSDPA Femtocell modem reference
design; and the Tatara Mobile Services Convergence Portfolio(TM) of products,
addressing the critical areas of voice and messaging convergence, security,
and enhanced services.

    A femtocell, also known as a 3G access point, is a low-cost, low-power
cellular base station that provides improved indoor coverage while backhauling
the cellular traffic over a broadband connection. Recent advances in low cost
silicon technology make femtocells the most viable solution for convergence in
service provider networks. Femtocells are designed to work with existing
mobile handsets and can support multiple users in a home environment. Over the
long-term, femtocells also present an opportunity to develop new mobile
services for the home that take advantage of low-cost, high-speed internet
access. According to ABI Research, there will be 102 million users of
femtocell products on 32 million access points worldwide by 2011. The majority
of these deployments will be based on the all-IP architecture.

    While there are several legacy architectural approaches for deploying
femtocell-based solutions, the all-IP architecture utilizes standard
communication protocols (i.e., SIP) and interfaces directly with the IP-based
core network. This allows service providers to immediately achieve the
end-to-end cost and service advantages that only an all-IP approach can
deliver rather than being constrained by the historical limitations of
traditional radio access network based solutions. The all-IP approach provides
all of the existing mobile services plus enhanced IP services, wireline
service convergence, reduction in network cost, seamless evolution to IMS, and
load reduction on the mobile core network.

    "One of the key challenges in deploying femtocells is how the access
point connects to the mobile operator's core network. As operators move to an
all-IP network, the Tatara architecture delivers an elegant way to achieve
this connection in an efficient way. To help manufacturers develop femtocells
that can be developed and deployed easily, the use of standard architectures
and reference designs are essential," commented Guillaume d'Eyssautier, CEO at

    The interface between the femtocell and the core network is key to
widespread deployment of the all-IP solution. Tatara Systems and picoChip have
agreed to work together to eliminate any barriers to entry for the all-IP
solution, including standardization of the all-IP architecture,
interoperability, and collaboration on a SIP/IMS reference design provided
with picoChip's industry-leading single-chip solutions.

    "Mobile operators universally agree that an all-IP approach to network
integration delivers the true value of femtocells," stated Steve Nicolle,
President and CEO of Tatara Systems. "We are pleased to be working with a
market leader like picoChip to enable that to happen day one."

    Please visit Tatara Systems at CTIA Wireless 2007 in Booth # 3548.

    About Tatara Systems

    Tatara Systems invents, develops, and deploys convergence products for
service providers allowing them to offer converged mobile services to their
subscribers across the widest base of available end-user devices (i.e. PCs and
current mobile phones). Tatara's fixed-mobile convergence strategy is focused
on femtocell convergence as a powerful FMC approach for mobile operators that
takes advantage of current cellular handsets to provide improved coverage and
IP-based voice and data services via an economical in-home cellular access
point. Tatara's products also enable the industry's broadest set of PC
convergence solutions, from a mobile broadband service to advanced services,
like a PC mobile softphone or intelligent content delivery. Tatara is proud to
count some of the industry's largest operators as customers of its
award-winning Tatara Mobile Services Convergence Portfolio(TM) of products.
For more information, visit

    About picoChip

    picoChip,, provides software defined radio solutions to
the key challenges of cost, development time and flexibility for the next
generation of wireless systems. The company's multi-core processors deliver a
world-beating price/performance combination. Uniquely, the company also
delivers complete, standard-compliant reference designs for UMTS (HSDPA,
upgradeable to HSUPA) and WiMAX/WiBRO (both 802.16d and 802.16e, with support
for AAS and MIMO). WiMAX systems using picoChip are available from Airspan,
Intel, Ericsson, Nortel, Marconi and a number of other manufacturers. picoChip
technology is also being used to develop other advanced wireless protocols
such as UMTS-LTE, 802.20 and TD-SCDMA, and in 4G research.

For further information:

For further information: Tatara Systems Jonathan Morgan, +1 978-206-0838
(office) +1 978-771-3971 (mobile) or picoChip
Designs Limited Rupert Baines, +44 (0)1225 469 744 (tel) +44 (0)1225 469 767
(fax) or For Further Information, Text & Graphics by
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