Qualcomm unveils highest capacity Femtocell solution for enterprise and metro markets


Chip major Qualcomm announced expanded availability of
the company’s Femtocell Station Modem(FSM) FSM9216, FSM9816 and
FSM9832 enterprise chipsets, Qualcomm’s fully integrated system-on-chip (SoC)
solutions for femtocell development with an extended user capacity of up to 32
active users.  


These chipsets complement the currently available FSM 3G
femtocell chipsets that feature eight user versions targeting the residential
market with hardware and software compatibility.  


The company also announced a Femto-Wi-Fi hardware
reference design that integrates these FSM enterprise solutions with Qualcomm
Atheros 802.11n Wi-Fi AR9350 and AR9344 access point solutions.  


The 16-user enterprise FSM chipsets for UMTS and CDMA are
now available.  Both the Femto-Wi-Fi integration hardware platform and the
CDMA version of the FSM chipset with the expanded 32-user support are scheduled
for availability in the second half of 2011.  


These higher capacity femtocell products for enterprise
and metro applications take advantage of the same industry leading UltraSON
interference and mobility management software and algorithms that are available
from Qualcomm on the existing residential FSM products.  


UltraSON creates robust wireless coverage while ensuring
that the femtocells do not interfere with macrocells while providing hand-off
capabilities between macrocells and other femtocells.


By providing increased support for up to 32 active users,
Qualcomm’s FSM chipset will provide the capability to address larger cell
sites, such as metro-femtocells and picocells, allowing more simultaneous users
to connect to the femtocell and access cellular networks in challenging
environments where reception is poor.  


The integrated Femto-Wi-Fi reference designs allow
operators to create access points that let their enterprise customers connect
to both Wi-Fi and cellular networks through a single gateway and coordinate the
services delivery via either access technology. The reference designs will
initially be targeted at the enterprise but they can be scaled down for
residential applications and scaled up for outdoor metro-femtocell-Wi-Fi


“Our higher capacity femtocell solutions and new
integrated Femto-Wi-Fi reference design will enable operators to deploy a
single high-capacity access point to provide both Wi-Fi and cellular
connections, leveraging common backhaul and site locations, with our FSM
chipsets enabling more users to take advantage of these access points
simultaneously,” said Steven Brightfield, director of product management
at Qualcomm.


“The Femto-Wi-Fi integration platform features a
small design footprint and support for power-over-Ethernet, making the addition
of these access points to an existing enterprise network simple and
economical,” Brightfield added.


“The addition of femtocell chipsets into Qualcomm
Atheros’ Wi-Fi and Ethernet integration strategy enables wide area cellular
wireless network integration, allowing enterprises to deploy scalable and
reliable network solutions,” said Irvind Ghai, director of enterprise
marketing, Qualcomm Atheros.


Recently, Integrated Device Technology and Qualcomm
announced their agreement
to transfer the design team of IDT’s Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) and Frame
Rate Conversion (FRC) Video Processing product lines and certain related assets
to Qualcomm. 


Both companies will also explore opportunities to include
IDT’s broad portfolio of mixed-signal products into Qualcomm reference
designs.  The all-cash transaction has received appropriate corporate
approvals and is anticipated to close in the coming weeks, subject to the
completion of certain closing conditions.


By Telecomlead.com Team
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