Qualcomm acquires small cell modem maker DesignArt Networks

Summary:Qualcomm has nabbed DesignArt Networks with hopes of strengthening support for expanded data capacity on mobile networks.

Qualcomm has just announced it is intending to purchase DesignArt Networks, an Israeli-based provider of small cell modem and system designs for cellular base stations and high-speed wireless infrastructures.

The acquisition of DesignArt brings along new system-on-chip and software products intended for indoor and outdoor small cell base stations and remote radio heads. DesignArt's solutions are touted to enable expanded data capacity on networks in a simpler, more cost-effective manner.

Essentially, DesignArt's LTE and backhaul solutions will be integrated with Qualcomm's existing portfolio of small cell base station technologies and complementary Wi-Fi, Ethernet and passive optical networking connectivity solutions.

The key for Qualcomm here is that DesignArt's products should strengthen Qualcomm's data capacity and support for mobile networks.

DesignArt's technology is touted to come with integrated line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight wireless backhaul, which is supposed to reduce the cost of outdoor small cell deployments.

Thus, as Craig Barratt, president of Qualcomm Atheros, explained in a statement, network operators will be able to "improve the user experience across residential, enterprise and outdoor networks" thanks to implementing small cell networks.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Topics: Tech Industry


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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