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picoChip and Kineto Team in UMA-Enabled Femtocell Market.

Companies Collaborate on UMA-Enabled Femtocell Reference Design

MILPITAS, Calif. & BATH, England -- Kineto Wireless, Inc., the key innovator and leading supplier of UMA technology, and picoChip today announced the companies are developing a UMA-enabled femtocell reference design. The reference design, based on picoChip's industry-leading single-chip solutions, and Kineto's industry-leading UMA client software will enable 3G femtocells to overcome network integration barriers to accelerate mass market adoption.

Femtocells are low-cost cellular access points for mobile operators looking to provide enhanced, in-building 3G coverage within homes and small businesses. Recent analysis from ABI Research estimates that by 2011 there will be 102 million users of femtocell products on 32 million access points worldwide.

Operators globally are showing new interest in femtocells, which are made possible through recent advances in low-cost 3G silicon as well as advanced radio frequency planning techniques. The key to sustainable, mass-market femtocell adoption is a standards-based core-network connectivity solution that supports cost-effective large-scale deployments.

"UMA technology overcomes the technical challenges for network operators trying to deploy and manage millions of femtocells in the network," said Rupert Baines, vice president of marketing for picoChip. "By collaborating with Kineto Wireless, the leader in UMA technology, we are able to develop an advanced reference design for femtocells to enable mass-market adoption."

The 3GPP UMA standard is uniquely suited to address the access network challenges of femtocells. UMA was developed to enable millions of dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi handsets to integrate seamlessly and with minimal impact to mobile operators' existing core network infrastructure. With UMA-enabled femtocells, operators will have a standardized, cost effective and scalable core network interface to fully realize the coverage, capacity and cost benefits of 2G and 3G in-building cellular access points.

"We are pleased to be collaborating with picoChip, a leader in enabling the femtocell market," said Gary Sarson, vice president of business development for Kineto Wireless. "Combining UMA with picoChip's low cost silicon and HSDPA software sets the stage for a robust femtocell market."

About UMA Technology

Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology is the 3GPP global standard for fixed/mobile convergence. UMA enables secure, scalable access to mobile voice, data and IMS services over broadband IP access networks. By deploying UMA technology, mobile operators can deliver a number of compelling fixed-mobile convergence services. The most well known application of UMA technology is dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi handsets, which enable subscribers to automatically roam and handover between cellular networks and public and private WLANs. Leading operators around the world have embraced UMA technology as part of a fixed-mobile convergence strategy, including Telecom Italia, France Telecom/Orange and TeliaSonera. For more information, please visit www.UMAToday.com.

About picoChip

picoChip, www.picochip.com, 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.

About Kineto Wireless

Kineto Wireless is the key innovator and leading supplier of Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) Technology, the 3GPP standard for mobile/Wi-Fi convergence. Mobile operators around the globe are selecting UMA to offer subscribers seamless, high-performance mobile voice, data, and IMS experiences on both cellular and Wi-Fi networks. As the leading provider of UMA Technology, Kineto supplies core network solutions through OEM partnerships with major network infrastructure providers, and also provides UMA-compliant software, development tools and support services to mobile silicon/stack suppliers, mobile handset developers, and broadband terminal adaptor/wireless access point vendors. Kineto was recently named as the recipient the 2006 Financial Times (FT) World Communications Award for innovation in technology for its role in UMA. For more information, please visit www.kineto.com.
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