Qualcomm buys small cell modem provider DesignArt Networks

Telecom Lead America: Qualcomm has acquired
DesignArt Networks, a provider of small cell modem and system design for
cellular base stations and wireless backhaul infrastructure.


The Israel-based DesignArt offers system-on-chip (SoC)
and software products that enable the design of indoor and outdoor small cell
base stations and remote radio heads. DesignArt’s technology also offers
integrated line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight wireless backhaul to reduce the
cost of outdoor small cell deployments.


Qualcomm acquired DesignArt as its technologies allow
operators to expand the data capacity of their networks in a simple and
cost-effective manner.


Moreover, DesignArt and its products will both enhance
and accelerate Qualcomm initiatives to drive increased capacity and coverage in
mobile networks.


Craig Barratt, president of Qualcomm Atheros, said
operators can significantly improve user experience across residential,
enterprise and outdoor networks given the greater network efficiencies derived
by implementing small cells and heterogeneous networks.


Qualcomm claims that DesignArt’s technologies set a new
standard in base station SoC design and enable simultaneous operation of
multiple cellular and backhaul modems with low power consumption and high


The acquisition enables Qualcomm to add the DesignArt LTE
and backhaul solutions to its existing portfolio of small cell base station
technologies and complementary Wi-Fi, Ethernet and passive optical networking
(PON) connectivity solutions.


With its expanded product portfolio, Qualcomm’s
networking customers and operators will benefit from the efficient integration
of small cell and Wi-Fi technologies with various wireless and wireline
backhaul options to support the proliferation of indoor and outdoor small cells
that provide coverage and capacity exactly where it is needed.


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