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Ikanos Communications

Ikanos Communications

February 08, 2010 08:00 ET

Ikanos Partners With picoChip to Advance Femtocell Market

Fusiv® Communications Processors and picoChip Semiconductors Power Sagemcom's Worldwide Femtocell Deployments

FREMONT, CA and BATH, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - February 8, 2010) - Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home, and picoChip today announced a strategic relationship to advance the integration of smart mobile devices into the home network. Together, picoChip -- a leading provider of femtocell technology products that enable new types of cellular communications service -- and Ikanos are making possible single box multiservice gateways that support the integration of smart mobile devices into the home network. These products will enable improved cellular coverage and will enhance the mobile broadband experience with the delivery of rich media content, such as video to the wireless handset.

Sagemcom, one of Europe's leading developers of advanced broadband communications equipment, has selected the Ikanos and picoChip-based femtocell/xDSL gateway for worldwide deployments. The next-generation single box gateway -- Sagemcom's BroadW@ve 4704 -- combines Ikanos' advanced A/VDSL Fusiv communications processor and picoChip's robust PC302 picoXcell™ baseband system-on-chip (SOC), and is currently in field trials with several leading service providers. Sagemcom will unveil the BroadW@ve 4704 during Mobile World Congress February 15-18, 2010, in Barcelona.

"Integrated femtocell-xDSL gateways are the future of cellular and home interconnectivity," said Eric Rieul, Sagemcom's director of energy and telecom business unit. "Ikanos and picoChip are enabling us to quickly bring to market the next-generation of advanced femtocell gateways, which are capable of meeting our service providers' stringent requirements, while increasing access to broadband mobile services and reducing the proliferation of multiple boxes in the home."

The femtocell-integrated xDSL gateway is designed to provide end-to-end quality of service (QoS) capabilities for the prioritization of time critical traffic -- such as voice calls -- over less critical data services. Additionally, the single management framework software allows ease-of-management of in-home IP devices and enables the provisioning of location- and context-based femtozone services, such as security alerts and smart home control.

"Mobile connectivity indoors and integration with the home network are key drivers for the significant growth expected in the femtocell market over the next several years," said Mitch Kahn, Ikanos' vice president of corporate development. "Ikanos is pleased to be collaborating with picoChip to provide an industry leading platform that expands services, improves connectivity and reduces cellular network overload."

Ikanos and picoChip have developed a femtocell-integrated xDSL reference design which combines Ikanos' Fusiv Vx180 A/VDSL communications processor with picoChip's PC302 picoXcell baseband SOC.

The Fusiv Vx180 integrates Ikanos' industry leading VDSL2 customer premises equipment (CPE) PHY and its widely deployed Fusiv network processor architecture into a power- and space-optimized chipset that supports all key types of DSL technology, including ADSL, ADSL2+ and VDSL2. The Fusiv Vx180 also combines accelerator processor (AP) engines for data path functions with a MIPS-based™ CPU core, resulting in the preservation of host CPU processing power for enabling powerful value-added applications.

The PC302 picoXcell SOC implements a complete HSPA+ access point that is compliant with Release 8 specifications for femtocells. It is built using an advanced 65nm manufacturing process to deliver the lowest cost and power for a femtocell available today. The device is compliant to TR25.820 and the newly standardized Iu-h interface and implements 64QAM, offering data rates of up to 21 Mbps and 5.7 Mbps in downlink and uplink respectively. The PC302 integrates a Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) NodeB modem, radio network controller (RNC) stack, radio resource management, cryptographic engine, high-speed accelerators, synchronization, network listen functionality and peripherals.

"The combination of Ikanos' Vx180 chipset and our PC302 SOC into one system is providing network equipment manufacturers a competitive edge when developing integrated femtocell gateways," said Doug Morse, director of product marketing at picoChip. "This cost-effective offering is designed to provide the flexibility, high-speed data rates, advanced processing power and functionality -- all of which are vital for meeting the requirements of mobile network operators around the world."

picoChip (Hall 1 Stand 56) and Sagemcom (Hall 8 Stand 73) will have the products on display at their booths during Mobile World Congress.

About picoChip

picoChip is enabling the next generation of wireless infrastructure. Its picoXcell family of optimized silicon devices is the leader in the fast growing market for femtocell access points. Its picoArray family of flexible wireless processors is the leading solution for OFDMA-based network equipment, and is backed by comprehensive software support for global standards such as EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, WiMAX, LTE, cdma2000 and GSM. Located in Bath, UK and Beijing, China, picoChip is re-shaping mobile networks. For more information, visit

About Ikanos Communications, Inc.

Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) is a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home. The company's broadband DSL, communications processors and other offerings power access infrastructure and customer premises equipment for many of the world's leading network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit

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All statements included or incorporated by reference in this press release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, assumptions and projections about future events related to our products, industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Important factors that may cause such a difference with respect to the deployment of picoChip's PC302 baseband SOC and the Fusiv communications processors from Ikanos in products sold by Sagemcom and others include, without limitation, market acceptance of the products, the ability of Ikanos, picoChip, Sagemcom and any future OEM that may sell the combined product offering to deliver timely all of the features required by carriers in each region in which the product will be sold, to generate and sustain consumer demand, and the ability to meet competitors' pricing. For a further discussion of the risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Ikanos' Annual Reports on Form 10-K and its most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Ikanos Communications cannot assure that the events and circumstances reflected in any forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur, nor does Ikanos Communications undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this press release.

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