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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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2011-01-21 Picochip, Continuous Computing, Ixia team up on LTE
Picochip, Continuous Computing and Ixia have collaborated to validate the Trillium LTE and femtocell wireless protocol software using picoArray harwade via IxCatapult.
2007-11-26 picoChip unrolls single-chip WiMAX Wave 2 femtocell
The first single-chip WiMAX Wave 2 femtocell has been unveiled by picoChip.
2009-04-08 New flexible DSAs expand Peregrine's lineup
Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. has released three new UltraCMOS Digital Step Attenuators (DSAs), expanding its 50 DSA line. These new HaRP-enhanced devices also offer flexible attenuation options by covering a 31.5dB attenuation range in 0.5dB or 1.0dB steps.
2008-06-19 NEC taps Genband as femtocell partner
NEC Corp. announced that it would integrate Genband's G9 Converged Media Gateway into its femtocell solution architecture for mobile operators.
2008-09-25 NEC sets aside funds for Kineto Wireless
NEC Corp. will contribute in funding to Kineto Wireless, a supplier of FMC solutions for mobile operators.
2008-09-24 NEC bags femtocell system order from Softbank
NEC has received an order from Softbank Mobile Corp. for IMS-based (IP Multimedia Subsystem) femtocell system.
2010-05-11 Multicore processor tailored for wireless infrastructure
Plurality Ltd is rolling out that the HyperCore family of low-power, small footprint, many-core processor IP, claimed to be the first scalable 256 multicore processor for wireless infrastructure.
2007-11-09 Motorola runs 3G femtocell trials in Europe
Motorola announced that it has completed the testing of its 3G femtocell technology and has moved on to a trial with an undisclosed major European carrier.
2011-05-03 Mobile broadband boom creates 3,071 new HSPA devices
A GSA survey reveals that 3,071 new HSPA devices were introduced in the market and confirms 30 percent annual growth of the industry.
2011-02-11 Mindspeed wins pico-, micro-cell design-in
Mindspeed Technologies' Transcede processor family has been designed into pico-cells and micro-cells to be showcased at the 2011 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.
2012-08-30 Metro cells for capacity-driven mobile world, says AlcaLu CTO
More customized small-cell basestation chips needed for tomorrow's wireless networks.
2009-11-12 MCUs ensure high-level security at low power
Atmel's secure MCUs come with a complete security toolbox that can be easily connected to the designers' systems.
2008-12-03 Market gears up for LTE chips
The specification for 4G wireless, or long-term-evolution (LTE), is expected to be finished this month, and product rollouts are anticipated for 2010 or 2011.
2011-11-30 Making heterogeneous network possible
Here's a discussion on heterogeneous network (HetNet), a technology that will rely heavily on SoC integration to handle the computational complexity of many different types of small cell Evolved NodeB LTE base stations.
2011-02-10 LTE PHY ref architectures target 4G solutions
CEVA and mimoOn have launched LTE reference architectures based on CEVA-XC processor, designed for 4G solutions in mass market terminal and infrastructure devices.
2008-05-23 ip.access bags Qualcomm funding
Femtocell and picocell solutions developer ip.access has gained another investor.
2013-12-19 Intel bolsters base band processing with Mindspeed
Intel has acquired Mindspeed's wireless division, which designs chips for cellular base stations including an emerging class of small cell base stations.
2008-04-04 Indian firms eye tie-ups to drive business
A number of Indian electronics companies are embracing the philosophy that they must find partners to help conceive and design new products as quickly as possible.
2010-02-12 Ikanos, picoChip drive femtocell adoption
Ikanos Communications Inc. and picoChip are partnering to advance the integration of smart mobile devices into the home network.
2009-04-03 IDC: Southeast Asia beams with bright telecom market
Despite the global economic slowdown, the telecom market in Southeast Asia, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, will remain resilient in 2009, according to a prediction by International Data Corp.
2009-05-25 HSPA+ femtocell chip supports 8 users
picoChip has released the picoXcell PC312 HSPA+ femtocell SoC, claimed to be the first such device to support eight users, with simultaneous voice and data services.
2009-01-09 How much do you know about OFDM, WiMAX?
A virtual "sit down" with some industry leaders offers a peek at where OFDM and WiMAX technology is and where they think it is going.
2010-07-05 GaAs MMICs enable signal pre-amplification
Freescale Semiconductor's ultralow-noise GaAs chips promise enable pre-amplification of radio signals without also magnifying noise.
2011-07-12 Femtocell, picocell tech to push LTE deployment
The integration of femtocell and picocell solutions with LTE will offer network providers faster returns on infrastructure investments, says Frost & Sullivan.
2007-05-24 Femtocell tech enhances indoor mobile coverage
A possible rival to combined fixed mobile offering, which can boost indoor coverage of mobile phone networks is set to hit mass market in less than a year, according to a Reuters report.
2010-05-14 Femtocell SoC supports 32 UMTS voice calls at 3,000m
Israeli fabless IC firm Percello Ltd has developed the PRC6600 digital baseband SoC for enterprise and outdoor femtocell use.
2008-01-22 Femtocell ref design 'first' to support TD-SCDMA
picoChip has introduced the PC8808 TD-SCDMA femtocell reference design, claimed to be the first to support the China 3G standard.
2008-12-04 Femtocell DSP preps for base station tasks
Texas Instruments Inc. has unveiled the TCI6484, its first DSP designed specifically for femtocell base stations.
2009-03-24 Femtocell deployment to slow down temporarily
The global recession is one of the factors that has put a brake on expected large-scale femtocell deployments by major mobile operators. However, according to a new study from ABI Research, the slowdown will only be temporary.
2008-09-05 Femtocell baseband to integrate DSP core
Percello has licensed the Ceva-TeakLite-III DSP core for the development of its next- generation femtocell baseband chipsets.
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