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Qualcomm buys small cell firm

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:small cell modem? wireless backhaul? WiFi? LTE?

Qualcomm Inc. has acquired DesignArt Networks, which claims to be a pioneer in small cell modem and system design for cellular base stations and�high-speed wireless backhaul infrastructure. Based in Ra'anana, Israel, DesignArt offers SoC and software products that enable the design of indoor and outdoor small cell base stations and remote radio heads, which allow operators to expand the data capacity of their networks in a simple and cost-effective manner. It also offers integrated line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight wireless backhaul to reduce the cost of outdoor small cell deployments, added DesignArt.

"DesignArt and its products will both enhance and accelerate our initiatives to drive increased capacity and coverage in mobile networks," noted 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."

With this acquisition, Qualcomm adds the DesignArt LTE and backhaul solutions to its existing portfolio of small cell base station technologies and complementary WiFi, 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 WiFi 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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