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What is a femtocell?
A femtocell, originally called Access Point Base Station, is a small cellular base station, designed for use in residential and small business environments. It connects to the service provider’s network via broadband, such as DSL or cable.
A femtocell allows service providers to extend service coverage indoors, especially where access would otherwise be limited or unavailable. Femtocells are alternatives to Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC). While most FMC architectures require a new (dual-mode) handset that works with existing home/enterprise Wi-Fi access points, a femtocell-based deployment works with existing handsets but requires installation of a new access point.
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2012-12-11 Mobile Wi-Fi, optical net markets continue to grow
Market watcher Dell'Oro has cut a forecast that base stations, service provider Wi-Fi, 100 Gbit/s Ethernet and wavelength division multiplexing will continue to experience an explosive growth.
2011-06-27 LTE small cell demo operates in end-to-end system
Cavium, Continuous Computing and Picochip roll out a demonstration of a LTE small cell operating in an end-to-end system with commercially available user equipment (UE) and core network equipment.
2008-05-26 LTE femtocell, picocell reference designs debut
picoChip has announced what is said to be the industry's first LTE femtocell and picocell reference designs, the PC8608 Home eNodeB and PC8618 eNodeB, respectively.
2007-07-04 Femtocell pioneers form forum
In an effort to bring open standards, interoperability and low costs to an emerging technology, pioneers of femtocell technology have formed the Femtocell Forum.
2013-09-26 Design Linux-based femtocell base-station (Part 2)
Here's the second of a two-part series on building a wireless femtocell with a base station SoC powered by a Linux-based fast-path software architecture.
2013-09-25 Design Linux-based femtocell base-station (Part 1)
Here's the first of a two-part series on how to build a wireless femtocell using a single chip base-station SoC and a Linux-based fast-path architecture.
2008-02-06 Complete LTE base station ref design debuts
A partnership has been forged between picoChip and mimoOn GmBH for the delivery of the industry's first complete Long Term Evolution (LTE) base station reference design. The new PC86xx family of LTE reference designs cover the full range of eNode Bs from femtocells to multi-sector macrocells, and is supported on the same common hardware platforms as picoChip's WiMAX products.
2013-02-27 Broadcom debuts small cell SoC
Broadcom became the latest player competing for the emerging market of small cell base stations when it rolled out its first femtocell chip to integrate RF and baseband modem.
2008-06-25 Baseband processors lower BOM in femtocell apps
picoChip has released the PC3xx family SoC baseband processors, which incorporates picoChip's modem software in a highly integrated form, enabling femtocell manufacturers to reduce BOM while increasing performance.
2011-03-30 API specs enable new femtocell apps
The new specs allow operators to drive the development of femtocell-powered open access, enterprise and consumer apps, and take advantage of the lower cost and faster data connections enabled by femtocells.
2009-04-13 Wireless groups issue femtocell standards
The prospects for commercial rollouts of femtocells took a major step forward with the publication by the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP), the Femto Forum and the Broadband Forum of the first global standards for the emerging technology.
2008-09-24 WiMAX femtocell SoC slashes design cost barriers
Fabless wireless chip designer DesignArt Networks has released its second chip in its SoC platform architecture, targeting WiMAX femtocells.
2013-02-28 Wholesale femtocell deployments seen for the year
ABI Research predicted that femtocell as a service is a new and upcoming wholesale model for deploying femtocells, targeted at mid-lower tier operators by providing a hosted femtocell core network.
2009-09-14 Software, hardware solution tailored for LTE femto
picoChip is extending its range of development systems for the emerging femtocells market, with a hardware and software platform targeting small cell Long Term Evolution (LTE) base stations.
2007-09-26 Sequans, PMC-Sierra team on Mobile WiMAX femtocell solution
Sequans Communications and PMC-Sierra Inc. have partnered to provide Mobile WiMAX equipment manufacturers with an all-in-one solution for the development of Mobile WiMAX femtocells.
2010-09-07 RF Quick Start Kit speeds up femtocell time to market
Lime Microsystems has just introduced their RF Quick Start Kit as well as an optimized reference design for its multi-band multi-standard RF transceiver IC for femtocells, the LMS6002D.
2008-02-12 NEC, Kineto push 3GPP GAN for femtocell standardization
NEC and Kineto Wireless have presented a joint proposal to enable the mobile industry to quickly define a standard for supporting the deployment of femtocells.
2008-09-30 LTE rollout to boost picocell, femtocell markets
A new report from ABI Research forecasts that femtocells and picocells will form an integrated part of the initial rollouts of Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.
2006-07-25 Korea Telecom picks picoChip for Femtocell devt
picoChip announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Korea Telecom to develop WiBro/WiMAX access points, sometimes called Femtocells or Home-Basestations.
2008-11-03 Hurdling the stumbling blocks of femtocell design
Much has been made of the technical challenges to developing and deploying networks of femtocells. This article looks at the key practical challenges that have been overcome to make this possible.
2008-12-09 How can picocells secure a larger share of the market?
Picocells provide larger coverage and capacity than femtocells, which should make them well suited to small and medium businesses. Yet global shipments of picocells will total only about 18,000 this year. Why haven't picocells gained greater market share, and what can vendors do about it? ABI Research tells us more.
2009-01-08 Get ready for the 'super femtocell'
Residential femtocells lack capacity and enterprise-grade features. Meanwhile, traditional picocells have high costs of ownership. Hence, there is a still a need for enterprise-grade devices that look and feel like femtocells. Enter the "super femtocell."
2008-07-21 Forum adopts protocol for large-scale femtocell deployments
The Femto Forum has announced that it will implement the Broadband Forum's TR-069 CPE WAN Management Protocol, a worldwide standard for real-time management of customer premises equipment, as the basis for the management protocol for femtocells.
2009-06-25 Femtocell DSPs target HSPA apps
Texas Instruments Inc. has launched a family of DSPs designed for the rapid development of femtocell solutions at the Femtocells World Summit.
2009-11-17 Femtocell adoption lags in 2009
Reasons for the slow pace of adoption include a fear that femtocells would cause interference in the macro network.
2008-02-04 Femto Forum gets NXP onboard
NXP Semiconductors has joined the Femto Forum, which has launched an initiative designed to harmonize the integration of femtocells into mobile core networks.
2010-08-24 12-/10-bit MxFEs cut base station power by 40%
The mixed-signal front end combined dual DAC and ADC devices also cut board space in femtocells and picocells for wireless base stations.
2008-06-10 Xilinx tips coding solution for LTE wireless systems
Xilinx Inc. has made available a performance-optimized programmable turbo coding solutions for LTE wireless systems.
2008-07-11 Wireless sector battles the doldrums
The wireless sector is down but far from out, according to an analyst from the wireless division of investment banker Rutberg & Company LLC who described the sector as "schizophrenic."
2009-06-09 Wireless groups team to develop WiMAX femtocell spec
The Femto Forum and the WiMAX Forum have agreed to collaborate on the development of WiMAX Femtocell Access Point (WFAP) specifications that will address topics such as end-to-end QoS, provisioning, network entry and authentication, power optimization, and mobility management.
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