Qualcomm claims highest capacity femtocell for enterprise and metro markets

September 14, 2011 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Qualcomm have expanded availability of their Femtocell Station Modem™ (FSM™) FSM9216, FSM9816 and FSM9832 enterprise chipsets. These fully integrated system-on-chip (SoC) systems for femtocell development offer an extended user capacity of up to 32 active users, and complement the currently available FSM 3G femtocell chipsets that feature eight user versions targeting the residential market with hardware and software compatibility.

Also announced is a Femto-Wi-Fi hardware reference design that integrates these FSM enterprise solutions with Qualcomm Atheros 802.11n Wi-Fi® AR9350 and AR9344 access point solutions.

The 16-user enterprise FSM chipsets for UMTS and CDMA are now available. Both the Femto-Wi-Fi integration hardware platform and the CDMA version of the FSM chipset with the expanded 32-user support are scheduled for availability in the second half of 2011. These higher capacity femtocell products for enterprise and metro applications take advantage of the same industry leading UltraSON™ interference and mobility management software and algorithms that are available from Qualcomm on the existing residential FSM products. UltraSON creates robust wireless coverage while ensuring that the femtocells do not interfere with macrocells while providing hand-off capabilities between macrocells and other femtocells.

By providing increased support for up to 32 active users, the FSM chipset will provide the capability to address larger cell sites, such as metro-femtocells and picocells, allowing more simultaneous users to connect to the femtocell and access cellular networks in challenging environments where reception is poor. The integrated Femto-Wi-Fi reference designs allow operators to create access points that let their enterprise customers connect to both Wi-Fi and cellular networks through a single gateway and coordinate the services delivery via either access technology. The reference designs will initially be targeted at the enterprise but they can be scaled down for residential applications and scaled up for outdoor metro-femtocell-Wi-Fi combinations.

The FSM chipsets support both CDMA2000® and UMTS/HSPA+ network technologies and include a baseband modem, RF, network listen, GPS and an application processor, making them ideal for residential and commercial femtocell development. The Atheros AR9350 and AR9344 Wi-Fi SoCs support all modes of 802.11n in both bands and include Ethernet, routing and management functions.

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For further information: www.qualcomm.com.