Femtocell

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On July 30, 2008, MIPS Technologies announced that fabless semiconductor startup Percello licensed its 24Kc high-performance processor core for next-generation femtocell basestation applications. Femtocells provide the voice and data services of a basestation but with the deployment simplicity of a WiFi access point. This emerging technology is quickly gaining traction in providing low-cost, fully integrated handset services for residential and small business environments.

"Femtocells are poised to change the nature of mobile networks, combining all the functionality of a 3G mobile cell site into one compact device," said Shlomo Gadot, CEO, Percello. Low-power 24Kc cores offer 700 MHz worst-case performance in a 65nm process, and offer the best combination of performance, power and density of any midrange synthesizable CPU in the industry. They are ideal for home entertainment applications as well as portable, battery-powered consumer devices.