Saturday, August 25, 2012

Qualcomm Acquires DesignArt for Wireless Backhaul Chipsets

Qualcomm has acquired DesignArt Networks, a developer of small cell modem chipsets for cellular base stations and high-speed wireless backhaul infrastructure, for an undisclosed sum.

DesignArt, which is based in Ra’anana, Israel, supplies system-on-chip (SoC) and software for indoor and outdoor small cell base stations and remote radio heads.

The product set includes its DAN3000 SoC platform, which can supports various types of cell-site RF access equipment required for the emerging HetNet architecture - specifically all-in-one BTS and single-RAN radio head equipment. The DAN3000 baseband pipeline is designed to provide sufficient signal processing capacity to support the implementation of 4G LTE R10 baseband pooling and multi-GE unified mobile backhaul solutions. The company was founded in 2006.

Qualcomm said the acquisition allows its networking customers to 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.

"DesignArt and its products will both enhance and accelerate our initiatives to drive increased capacity and coverage in mobile networks,” said Craig Barratt, president of Qualcomm Atheros. “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."