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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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2010-03-31 Femtocell base stations set for explosive growth
The ecosystem around cell base stations that improve indoor wireless coverage will experience explosive growth this year and several years thereafter.
2007-09-20 Femto pioneer picoChip receives funding from Samsung
Femto cell supplier and multicore-DSP developer picoChip announced that Samsung Electronics has made a strategic investment in the company for an undisclosed amount.
2007-11-08 Femto Forum signs up major operators, vendors
The Femto Forum has extended its membership to include major operators and equipment vendors that are already actively participating in its working groups.
2008-12-16 Father of mobile phone admonishes industry
Cellphone inventor Martin Cooper's identifies the five problems of the wireless industry and discusses suggested solutions.
2011-09-22 Eliminating coexistence issues with integrated RF module
Find out how integrated RF modules can provide superior coexistence faster and more efficiently than discrete components.
2007-09-03 DSP silicon takes many forms
There are a number of other chips based on DSP technology that people don't call DSP chips.
2009-02-13 DSP architecture aims at 4G
Ceva Inc. has started sampling to select customers CEVA-XC, the programmable DSP architecture that supports full transceiver processing for multiple air interfaces in software, targeting 4G terminals and infrastructure.
2011-07-04 DPMU offers real-time power management
The Energy$ense family of multioutput, digital DC/DC power management unit (DPMU) ICs offer high efficiency real-time power sensing and control.
2007-08-06 Digital power management enables lower power consumption
An engineer explains how the implementation of digital power management will strongly contribute to further reduce energy consumption.
2008-01-25 Cisco joins ranks of ip.access investors
Cisco Systems is pouring funds into ip.access, a manufacturer of picocell and femtocell infrastructure solutions for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G.
2011-02-16 Cavium, Picochip partner for LTE
Cavium and Picochip are displaying an end-to-end LTE femtocell featuring Cavium's Octeon and Odyssey product lines at the Mobile World Congress.
2011-04-05 Carriers struggle to share mobile data costs with users
Wireless carriers could realize revenues of up to $500 billion in 2015, but can only do so if they charge some end users by the amount of data they access.
2008-08-21 BitWave Semiconductor gains additional funding
BitWave Semiconductor had closed $10 million of additional financing in an initial Series B funding round.
2010-05-19 Baseband processor runs 600MHz at <10W
Mindspeed Technologies Inc. has launched two new members of the Transcede family of wireless baseband processors designed for small-cell 3G and 4G base stations.
2010-02-23 Barclays: Apple, software drive mobile market
Apple and software are in the driver's seat in the mobile market but platform fragmentation may be ahead, according to analysts from Barclays Capital who shared their observations from the Mobile World Congress.
2010-03-10 Barclays lists mobile data opportunities
Carriers will keep a lid on capital equipment spending over the next two years despite increases in mobile data traffic but systems and IC companies have a handful of opportunities for growth in the sector.
2013-04-08 Analyst: Vendor proprietary ASICs lead metrocell baseband SoCs
Vendor proprietary ASIC solutions attract top market share because vendors such as Huawei, Ericsson, and Samsung all are using ASICs in their designs, particularly in their picocell and microcell products.
2008-02-13 Analyst: Future bleak for mobile equipment vendors
Reports from Analysys Research suggest that the lack of a compelling business case for 3G network enhancements, combined with an increase in network sharing, will have a profound impact on the cellular network infrastructure market.
2012-01-03 Analyst: Femtocell market may lose momentum
The rise in femtocell contracts does not manifest in terms of shipment volume, with only 2.5 million shipped in 2011 from the forecasted 3-4 million.
2009-07-02 ABI sees picocell boom in 2013
Picocells have not enjoyed rapid or massive adoption so far but ABI Research estimates that in 2013, there will have been cumulative deployments of about 366,000 devices worldwide.
2012-11-09 80% of base station processors to be SoC based by 2017
ABI Research expects that the sales of base station processors will grow at 17 per cent annually and reach $1.1 billion by 2017.
2015-02-12 7 communications tech that will shape 2015
Developing technologies such as LTE and LTE-Advanced, voice over LTE, small cells, heterogeneous networks, NFV/SDN are predicted to make a huge impact this year.
2008-12-03 3G femtocell transceivers support UMTS
Analog Devices Inc. has unveiled the ADF4602-1 transceiver for 3G femtocell base stations that support the UMTS wireless interface standard for home and office wireless infrastructure equipment.
2011-01-07 3G basestations to fit on USB dongle, says Picochip
Picochip disclosed its roadmap for its picoXcell technology which will enable an entire 3G cellular basestation to fit into a dongle form factor.
2010-06-23 24-core DSP delivers over 36 GMACs at <55mW
Boosting the processing power of its DSP chips, Octasic Inc. is increasing the number of Opus DSP cores from 15 to 24.
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