Thursday, June 12, 2014

Qualcomm's Latest Small Cell Chipset Integrates LTE + Wi-Fi in 28nm

Qualcomm introduced its latest chipset for small cells aimed at neighborhood deployments or in small and medium businesses.

Qualcomm's new FSM90xx, which is implemented in 28nm technology, combines LTE functionality from the FSM99xx, which was announced last year and is commercially available now, with Wi-Fi.

To reduce interference and maintain high service quality for dense SMB and neighborhood small cell deployments, the FSM90xx integrates advanced self-organizing networks (SON) techniques through UltraSON software. The FSM90xx can be paired with Qualcomm Technologies’ RFICs (FTR8xxx) to support all LTE bands worldwide and maintains compatibility with the FSM99xx to further ease and speed OEM product development across both product lines.

“Qualcomm is bringing its mobile and networking heritage to bear for consumers, innovative OEMs, wired and wireless network operators,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. “We cannot solve the 1000x data challenge with spectrum alone. Small cells are critical to enhancing network capacity and improving mobile broadband connections. With this latest addition to our small cell family of products, Qualcomm is continuing to be a leader in the industry by delivering a segment-wide solution to enable the deployment of small cells anywhere and everywhere.”

The FSM90xx SoCs are expected to sample in the second half of 2014.

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