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Freescale, Wavesat team on WiMAX reference platform

Posted: 28 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale? Wavesat? WiMAX? customer premises equipment? CPE?

Freescale Semiconductor and Wavesat are collaborating to deliver a comprehensive reference platform solution for WiMAX-enabled customer premises equipment (CPE).

The WiMAX CPE solution combines Wavesat's WiMAX chipsets, Mini-PCI design and CPE MAC software with Freescale's turnkey reference boards. These boards are based on the MPC8349E and MPC8323E PowerQUICC II Pro processors built on Power Architecture technology. Designed for business and residential gateways, the integrated CPE solution supports WiMAX Forum 802.16d-2004 certification. It also is designed for upgradeability to the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard for mobility in accordance with the WiMAX Forum ETG profile.

"The combined WiMAX CPE reference platform from Freescale and Wavesat is designed to enable a converged wired/wireless business and residential gateway solution," said David Perkins, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale's networking and computing systems group. "With WiMAX gaining momentum around the world, turnkey platform solutions like ours are what the market needs to drive rapid deployment of broadband wireless technology in cost-effective CPE products."

According to In-Stat, the number of fixed WiMAX subscribers is projected to reach 16 million by 2010, while mobile WiMAX subscribers will range from 15 million to 25 million. "All regions of the world are showing interest in fixed wireless broadband. We believe that Asia will be the largest market for WiMAX and WiBro, followed by Europe and then North America," said Norm Bogen, director of networking at In-Stat.

Forthcoming WiMAX platforms are planned to include next-generation Wavesat chipsets and software and Freescale's PowerQUICC communications processors, host processors and high-performance multicore digital signal processors based on StarCore technology.

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