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Redline adopts picoChip for its RedMAX 4CTM Mobile WiMAX base stations


Industry’s only proven true IO-MIMO and reliable 802.16e PHY enables Redline to support its multi-technology and multi-application platforms, enabling additional services and differentiated offerings

Chicago, USA, 30 September 2008: picoChip today announced that Redline Communications, a leading provider of standards-based WiMAX access and broadband wireless infrastructure products, has selected picoChip’s PC8532 modem to power its next generation RedMAX 4C™ Mobile WiMAX basestations. picoChip’s industry leading, complete and robust reference designs are the market’s only solutions to deliver true IO-MIMO with uplink CSM – a critical feature of mobile WiMAX.

The agreement gives Redline access to a software defined radio (SDR) platform with best-in-class performance/cost ratio. As an example of the flexibility, Redline has added its low-complexity maximum-likelihood receiver to the picoChip design in order to increase uplink system performance for coverage and capacity. The software-defined system supports upgrades to future standards, such as LTE, 802.16e Release 1.5 and 802.16m.

Redline sells to carrier and enterprise level organizations in both developed and key high-growth markets around the world, and has more than 166 deployments of its WiMAX Forum Certified™ systems to date. The company has previously delivered mobile broadband to UK and Silicon Valley train networks and created North America’s largest education sector wireless network.

According to Kevin Suitor, Redline’s Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, the robust, proven nature of the picoChip solution was key to its decision: “picoChip has delivered a solution that we can trust to work effectively and reliably. The ability to deliver a differentiated product which integrates our own IPR, coupled with the efficiency and scale of a commercial silicon solution, gives us the best of both worlds.”

Speaking about the agreement, picoChip’s CEO and president, Guillaume d’Eyssautier, stated: “As a previous visionary and leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrants*, with strong engineering expertise, Redline was naturally a skeptical and demanding customer. Our ability to offer advanced IO-MIMO capability and future support for 16m and LTE helped, but the fact that they were persuaded by the quality our PHY is testament to the strength of the picoChip offering. We are very excited to have Redline as a key customer.”

The Redline RedMAX 4C Mobile WiMAX platform, which is based on the WiMAX industry’s 802.16e-2005 standards for mobile WiMAX, supports a wide range of fixed, portable and mobile wireless services including support voice and video over IP, broadband Internet access used to support high value education, medical, transportation and municipal applications, VPNs (virtual private networks) and other advanced communications services.

The RedMAX 4C is designed to enable operators to maximize the reach and customer density required for a profitable carrier business model. It includes a modular, standardized µTCA (micro Telecommunications Computing Architecture) chassis base station that is small, lightweight and easy to deploy. RedMAX 4C will also include a suite of indoor and outdoor fixed and portable end-user devices including laptops, mobile handsets and PDAs. Redline’s new WiMAX offering is also designed to facilitate the integration of its existing RedMAX products with its RedMAX 4C technologies, providing operators a path to true mobility.

picoChip is the leading supplier of multi-core DSP delivering extremely high performance at competitive cost points. It offers a powerful platform to develop products for emerging global wireless communications markets such as WiMAX, WCDMA, LTE, TD-SCDMA and 4G. picoChip’s products scale from femtocell access points and picocells to sophisticated multi-sector carrier macrocells.

* Listed as a visionary (2004) and leader (2005) in Gartner’s web enabled application delivery Magic Quadrant
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Editor's Note: “picoArray” is a registered trademark of picoChip. All other trademarks and servicemarks are the property of their respective owners.


Company contact:

Rupert Baines, picoChip Designs Limited, Riverside Buildings, 108 Walcot Street, Bath,
BA1 5BG, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1225 469 744 E-mail: rupertb@picoChip.com
Fax: +44 (0)1225 469 767 Web: www.picoChip.com


Media contact:

Oliver Davies, Publitek Limited, 18 Brock Street, Bath, BA1 2LW, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1225 470 000 E-mail: oliver.davies@publitek.com
Fax: +44 (0)1225 470 047 Web: www.publitek.com

Redline Communications contact:

Carolyn Anderson/Chantelle Bani, Redline Communications Inc, 302 Town Centre Blvd, Markham, ON, Canada, L3R 0E8

Tel: +1 905 479 8344 x2333/x2356
E-mail: canderson@redlinecommunications.com / cbani@redlinecommunications.com


About picoChip
picoChip, located in Bath, England, is dedicated to providing innovative, flexible wireless solutions to help equipment makers minimise time-to-market, costs, and system power consumption.

The heart of the company’s offering is a scaleable, multi-processor baseband IC that combines the computational density of a dedicated ASIC with the programmability of a traditional high end Digital Signal Processor. This radically reduces both development time and materials cost and enables the strategic goal of the “Software Defined Radio”. The company has the most comprehensive reference designs in the industry, with complete, standard-compliant solutions for both UMTS (including HSxPA) and WiMAX (802.16d upgradeable to 802.16e).

http://www.picochip.com


About Redline Communications
Redline Communications (http://www.redlinecommunications.com) is the leading provider of fixed and mobile standards-based wireless broadband solutions. Redline’s RedMAX™ WiMAX Forum Certified™ system, RedMAX 4C Mobile WiMAX™ products, and its award-winning RedCONNEX™ and RedACCESS™ families of broadband wireless infrastructure products enable service providers and other network operators to cost-effectively deliver high-bandwidth services, including voice, video and data communications. Redline is committed to maintaining its wireless industry leadership with the continued development of WiMAX and other advanced wireless broadband products. With more than 100,000 installations in 85 countries, and a global network of over 170 partners, Redline's experience and expertise helps service providers, enterprises and government organisations roll out wireless broadband networks to support advanced communications.


Publisher Contact Information:

picoChip Designs Limited
+44 (0)1225 469 744
rupertb@picoChip.com

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