Mobile hardware manufacturer, Qualcomm, has officially completed the acquisition of DesignArt (News - Alert) Networks, a cellular base station and high-speed wireless backhaul infrastructure SoC and software vendor. While the specifics of the deal are undisclosed, there has been speculation that the acquisition may have cost Qualcomm (News - Alert) somewhere in the range of $100-150 million.
Based in Ra'anana, Israel, DesignArt offers SoC and software products which enable the design of both indoor and outdoor small cell base stations and remote radio heads. The company also offers integrated line-of-sight and non-line-of-site wireless backhaul, reducing the cost of outdoor small cell deployments.
"DesignArt and its products will both enhance and accelerate our initiatives to drive increased capacity and coverage in mobile networks," Craig Barratt, president of Qualcomm Atheros (News - Alert), said in a statement. "Operators can significantly improve user experience across residential, enterprise and outdoor networks given the greater network efficiencies derived by implementing small cells and heterogeneous networks."
Qualcomm can now add DesignArt's LTE (News - Alert) and backhaul solutions to its existing portfolio of small cell base station technologies, along with its complementary Wi-Fi, Ethernet and passive optical networking (PON) connectivity solutions. As Barratt stated, the chip manufacturer intends to leverage its newly expanded portfolio to integrate small cell and Wi-Fi technologies with wireless and wireline backhaul options in order to help proliferate indoor and outdoor small cell use, expanding network coverage and capacity where it is needed most.
Qualcomm recently announced that it will collaborate with LG Electronics, bringing the latest Snapdragon S4 Pro chip to LG's upcoming flagship smartphone, currently in production with commercial availability expected for September in LG's home country.
The quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU features on-chip LTE capability and Adreno 320 graphics capability, delivering a next-generation mobile experience.
The phone is rumored to be the LG Optimus G, which takes aim squarely at the high-end Android market currently owned largely by the Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy S III and the HTC One X.
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Edited by Braden Becker