As the emerging femtocell industry seeks to find ways to bring the price point for residential, business and hot-spot products down to $100, competition for low-cost components and products will heat up. DesignArt Networks, a fabless semiconductor company backed by Motorola Ventures, today unveiled a new WiMAX femtocell system-on-a-chip as well as reference designs for the technology, which it says will meet that pricing challenge. The single-chip product is called the DAN2200. The company said chips based on the technology will be available in the first quarter of 2009. The company is also working on a silicon solution for LTE femtocell products.
Product vendors recently announcing femtocell strategies to achieve a $100 price point include Radioframe Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks.
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