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Femtocells to challenge Wi-Fi cellphones

Posted: 28 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Low-cost femtocells will emerge as an attractive alternative to VoIP-over-Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) in future homes, according to Strategy Analytics' Femtocells Enabled by PicoChip to Square Off Against VoFi report.

"We believe that femtocells will attract wireless operators and consumers alike. However, the bill of materials for femtocells will have to fall close to that of cellphones that include Wi-Fi chipsets for femtocells to really take off," said Chris Taylor, director of Strategy Analytics' RF & Wireless Component Service.

Asif Anwar, director of Strategy Analytics' Compound Semiconductor Service added, "The handset market shows that GaAs can compete against silicon technologies on cost, but the low transmit power of femtocells suggests that this market will probably use SiGe and LDMOS transistor-based PAs initially, eventually shifting to transceivers with on-chip CMOS PAs."

Recently, picoChip has developed inexpensive baseband processors for very low-cost femtocell basestations that can be installed in the home. These femtocells, according to the research firm, can potentially reduce the demand for cellphones that include Wi-Fia trend believed to emerge in high volumes over the next years to support the convergence of fixed and mobile communications.

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