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Qualcomm rolls 28nm small cell sol'ns

Posted: 10 Jun 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm  3G  4G  WiFi  FSM99xx 

Qualcomm Inc. has revealed that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., has unleashed a family of 28nm solutions that enable pico, metro and enterprise small cells designed to enhance operators’ 3G and LTE networks. The Qualcomm FSM99xx solutions integrate the company’s 3G and 4G technologies and support advanced802.11ac/n WiFi to enable full-featured small cells aimed to provide superior performance with greater power efficiency, indicated the firm.

The mobile industry is preparing for an increase in mobile data traffic, which Qualcomm calls the 1000x data challenge. To address this increase in data traffic, operators around the globe are using small cell technologies as a cost-effective way to improve cellular network capacity and coverage. By bringing the network closer to mobile users, small cells enable operators to target capital expenditures where they are needed most to improve the user experience.

Qualcomm Technologies is providing an integrated 3G/4G LTE small cell solution to facilitate the rollout of 4G services. With the introduction of these small cell devices, the company is helping operators mitigate the cost and complexity of supporting increased capacity on their networks. The FSM99xx uses Qualcomm Technologies’ mobile processor technology, as well as its commercial grade 3G and 4G modems. The Qualcomm FSM99xx solutions are designed to support concurrent 3G and 4G operation or dual carrier 4G with carrier aggregation, and also host advanced WiFi capabilities to make the best use of all available spectrum and seamless connectivity for mobile users, the firm said.

The Qualcomm FSM99xx solutions are engineered for maximum power efficiency to reduce operating expenses and enable compliance with power-over-Ethernet requirements for enterprise deployments. These solutions are produced in 28nm process technology and use QualcommTechnologies’ quad core Krait mobile processors, which are designed to consume half the power of other processors. The FSM99xx family of solutions also features RF linearization techniques designed to reduce power amplifier power consumption by up to half, a critical benefit given amplifiers can consume more than half of a small cell’s power budget. The Qualcomm FSM99xx is a platform for advanced HetNet and self-organizing networks (SON) techniques such as the Qualcomm UltraSON suite.

The Qualcomm FSM99xx solutions are expected to sample in 2H13.

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