Qualcomm is expanding the availability of its femtocell station modem (FSM) enterprise chipsets for femtocell development with an extended user capacity of up to 32 active users. These chipsets complement the currently available FSM 3G femtocell chipsets that feature eight user versions targeting the residential market with hardware and software compatibility.
Qualcomm also announced a Femto-Wi-Fi hardware reference design that integrates these FSM enterprise solutions with its Atheros 802.11n Wi-Fi 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 UltraSON interference and mobility management software and algorithms that are available from Qualcomm on the existing residential FSM products.