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Intel develops WiMAX chip to support mobile networks

Posted: 20 Oct 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel  WiMAX  Connection 2250  IEEE 802.16-2004  IEEE 802.16e-2005 

Intel Corp. has announced the availability of Intel WiMAX Connection 2250, the company's next-generation SoC and its first designed to support mobile networks in addition to fixed networks.

The product is said to be the industry's first dual-mode baseband chip, and when paired with Intel's discrete tri-band WiMAX radio, the company said the solution is capable of supporting all global WiMAX frequencies.

"Intel is bringing its first mobile WiMAX-compliant product to market, marking an incredibly important step in the launch of mobile WiMAX," said Sean Maloney, executive VP and general manager of Intel's sales and marketing group. "The first with dual mode support, the new chip bridges the worlds of fixed and mobile WiMAX, helping equipment manufacturers build customer premise equipment at increasingly attractive price points, and service providers to break ground on upgradeable networks."

WiMAX is a standards-based wireless technology for providing high-speed, last-mile broadband connectivity to homes and businesses and for mobile wireless networks. Intel's WiMAX silicon promises the features needed to enable cost-effective, high-speed wireless modems for homes and businesses.

According to Intel, service providers may benefit from the versatility and faster time-to-market afforded by the dual-mode support of the Intel WiMAX Connection 2250. Compliance with both the IEEE 802.16-2004 fixed standard and the more advanced IEEE 802.16e-2005 specification for fixed, nomadic and mobile WiMAX functionality enables the development of customer premise equipment that can be deployed in "d" mode and upgraded to "e" mode with a quick over-the-air software upgrade. The new device is designed for cost-effective WiMAX modems and offers flexibility in equipment design, deployment and application, the company explained.

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