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Qualcomm, ZTE partner on femtocell tech

Posted: 05 Apr 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CDMA2000  femtocell  modem  broadband 

ZTE Corp. has reached an agreement with Qualcomm Inc. to develop femtocell technology and use its Femtocell Station Modem chipset to develop CDMA2000 femtocell products.

The unprecedented growth in mobile data consumption, driven by smart phones and other data intensive devices, has created the need for improved coverage and increased data throughput for subscribers. Up to 70 per cent of wireless data originates indoors and femtocells allow operators to target areas where the solution is needed. Qualcomm's FSM platform features flexible and fully integrated SoC solutions consisting of base band, RF and power management ICs coupled with commercial-grade software, resulting in femtocells with low power consumption and high levels of integration. This technology will allow operators to improve coverage, add capacity, increase data throughput and enhance the end user's wireless experience while reducing operating costs in supporting mobile broadband applications.

"Femtocells improve the mobile data experience for users while driving down the cost per bit for operators," said Ed Knapp, senior vice president of marketing, Qualcomm. "We are pleased to be working with ZTE in their efforts to bring femtocell products to market."

"ZTE serves the world's top mobile operators based on our ability to consistently deliver high-quality and high-capacity network performance," said Li Jian, general manager, CDMA product line, ZTE. "Our ongoing relationship with Qualcomm will enable us to bring leading-edge femtocell technology and small base station products to market. We look forward to collaborating with them on this technology."

Qualcomm's FSM platform supports the full range of 3GPP and 3GPP2 modem features contained within the base band SoC while also integrating network listen, GPS, crypto acceleration, Ethernet and a host CPU to support all protocol stack and radio network controller functions within the access point. The integrated RF device features multiple receiver channels that enable traffic, beacon GPS and network listen functions to operate simultaneously. The RF devices support all major wireless bands for both 3GPP and 3GPP2, and the FSM platform features innovative interference management techniques between femtocells and the macro network. The target markets for the ZTE-developed product are mainly in North America and China, helping operators supply better services to home users and enterprise users.

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