San Diego Business Journal

‘Small Cell’ Maker Attracts Qualcomm

By Mike Allen Monday, August 27, 2012

Qualcomm Inc. said it acquired DesignArt Networks, an Israel-based designer of small cell base stations, and radio heads for an undisclosed price.

Qualcomm, a maker of chips contained both in cell phones and wireless infrastructure, said the acquisition fits its strategy of improving wireless network capacity.

“DesignArt and its products will both enhance and accelerate our initiatives to drive increased capacity and coverage in mobile networks,” said Craig Barratt, president of Qualcomm Atheros.

As mobile consumption continues to surge, driven by the increased adoption of smart phones, wireless carriers are seeking cost effective ways to increase the capacity of their networks. One approach is by setting up a larger number of smaller base stations.

With its expanded product portfolio through the new acquisition, Qualcomm said its customers will benefit from the integration of small cell and Wi-Fi technologies with a variety of options to provide coverage and capacity where it’s needed.