Picochip is increasing its engineering activities in the UK and China as it develops femtocell chipsets for the 4G mobile basestation market. “In 2010 we have seen dramatic growth in our business, and we expect to sell one million femtocell chips this year,” said Nigel Toon, president and CEO of Picochip.

The company has moved to a new headquarters and engineering centre in Bath and has opened a test laboratory in Cambridge. There are also plans to double the size of its development centre in Beijing, China. Also Picochip employs 170 people worldwide.

“This expansion supports our business and allows us to grow as we start shipping products for LTE,” said Toon.

“Femtocells have moved from trials to volume deployment in the UK, US and Asia and we are growing organically in Bath and Beijing,” said Toon.

The Cambridge facility will provide end-to-end system test capabilities, including RF-screened chambers, femtocell gateways for interoperability testing and protocol test systems.

“This new facility allows us to perform more comprehensive test and verification, complementing our existing relationships with third parties such as Nash Technologies and Agilent,” said Toon.

The company is shipping its picoXcell system-on-chip (SoC) devices and picoArray multi-core DSPs, which support wireless standards including GSM, HSPA, TD-SCDMA, WiMAX, cdma2000, LTE and LTE-Advanced.