Only four months after opening its Chinese office and development center, picoChip has announced a key partnership with the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to collaborate on the acceleration of WiMAX in China. ICT will use picoChip's industry-leading WiMAX reference designs and PC102 processor, and the two organisations will work together to assist Chinese carriers with the development and deployment of WiMAX systems.

The partnership was announced yesterday at the Wireless Broadband session of the UK-China High Technology Industry Forum in Beijing.

Li Zhongcheng, Director of the Network Department of the Institute of Computing Technology, China Academy of Sciences, said, "picoChip has shown strong commitment to China and is a world-leader in WiMAX. We have great confidence that this agreement will be of substantial benefit to both of us and to our Chinese customers."

Speaking at the Forum, Peter Claydon, co-founder and CEO of picoChip, added, "Building on our plans for growth in the Chinese market, we are delighted that ICT recognises our global technology strength in WiMAX and has committed to a long-term relationship with us. The combination of ICT's world-renowned research expertise and strong industry knowledge together with picoChip's technology and WiMAX experience will significant assist the needs of operators in China."

China is one of the world's most important wireless markets and picoChip continues to increase its commitment and focus on the region by working closely with strong local partners and government entities. The company announced its Shenzhen center at the UK-China ICT Week last September. It includes a fully equipped development laboratory supporting local engineering activities, including systems development and research projects.

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