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WiMAX Devices – Coming and Going

16 января 2009

Last week’s much anticipated CES 2009 event should serve to reassure us that the power and promise of WiMAX are still relevant, alive and well. If nothing else and somewhat smugly, WiMAX can take comfort in an absence of LTE devices making a debut at CES.

On the CPE front, Motorola announced a new product, the CPEi 775 to their wi4 line-up. Touted as “an all-in-one access device that combines a high performing WiMAX 802.16e modem with an integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g router, VoIP ATA ports for voice calling, and an Ethernet port” Motorola stops short of referring to the device as a femtocell. The device is described as “Wave2-ready” and supports connectivity in the 3.5 GHz spectrum.

Microelectronics Technology (MTI) also announced in late December that it too would be delivering new products to the mobile WiMAX space in early 2009. MTI’s CEO, Allen Yen stated in a recent communication that “The new WiMAX products built using MTI's core high frequency and microwave technologies are most suitable for mobile telecom infrastructure in some emerging markets.” Given the imminent spectrum auction in
India and other indications from the Asia and the Pacific regions MTI’s timing is good.

Also unveiling new product at CES 2009 was Toshiba. The Portégé R600-STS520W laptop PC sports integrated wireless connectivity using Intel’s WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350AGN adapter. Micro-star International announced the MSI U120 Netbook, an Intel Atom powered notebook PC with integral WiMAX support.

Quietly announcing a WiMAX product to be exited last week was Nokia. The WiMAX enabled N810 Internet Tablet, the first commercially available mobile WiMAX product in the
USA, debuted at CTIA 2008 in April and hit the airwaves with Xohm’s Baltimore launch in October. Not much detail is currently available regarding why this early entrant product was brought to what appears to be a premature end of life state. Even in terms of handset product lifecycle the N810 had a relatively short tenure.

In summary, WiMAX continues to demonstrate its “here and now” potential. We’ll continue to watch the unfolding race between WiMAX and LTE and the innovations in infrastructure and devices that are sure to be critical components of it.

By Andrew Mitchell,Contributing Editor

Источник: WiMAX Trends

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