Femtocell vendor Ubiquisys announced another deal that involves the development of a new range of intelligent dual-mode 3G/LTE small cells.
The vendor said it is working with Intel to develop small cells that feature Ubiquisys application software and Intel processor architecture. The result will be a new generation of intelligent small cells that will offer higher levels of processing power, creating a cloud of IP-enabled "compute engines" much closer to mobile users. Reference designs are expected to become available to equipment manufacturers in 2012.
Small cell architecture is the hot infrastructure piece for 2011 as operators look for ways to ease the network strain of heavy data traffic. The idea is to fit small cells within the larger network architecture to provide better coverage and higher data speeds. By creating a much denser mobile network closer to the point of use, users will experience better data performance.
Earlier this month Ubiquisys tapped Texas Instruments to develop small cells that will combine TI's infrastructure solutions with Ubiquisys' adaptive and self-organizing capabilities to deliver what Ubiquisys calls an adaptive small cell.
The two companies plan to bring to market a range of dual-mode WCDMA/LTE small cells for public space and and metro environments such as base stations designed for mounting on walls or street infrastructure. Ubiquisys and TI are touting performance up to 150 Mbps plus 64 calls/84 Mbps WCDMA. The first products are expected in the first half of 2012.
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