Qualcomm Atheros has released a new line of SoCs targeted at residential deployments, along with small and medium business.
Dubbed the FSM90xx, the line is similar to the FSM99xx line of SoCs but is supposed to be able to cope with higher density deployments.
It means that current 3G-only gear such as the Sprint Airave and AT&T Microcell can be replaced with 3G/LTE combos. Qualcomm said the new chips will support 802.11n/ac, in MU-MIMO configurations, presumably allowing WiFi router capabilities or operation without wired backhaul.
This FSM90xx also supports up to 3GPP release 10 multi-cell HSDPA.
At a minimum, the FSM90xx will be able to provide category 4 LTE for devices like the Galaxy S5 and One (M8) that support carrier aggregation.
It is starting to look like there will be a mass deployment of femtocells using the FSM90xx. Qualcomm has stated that their UltraSON software management solution would allow for dynamic power control on individual femtocells according to other femtocells within range, and also based upon the speed of the backhaul to maximize quality of service.
Qualcomm hasn’t given a date for when to expect devices based upon this new SoC, but it can’t be too long now.