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WiMAX card uses Wavesat, TI chips

Posted: 01 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wavesat Inc.? WiMAX mini-PCI cards? Texas Instruments Inc.? Evolutive DM256 baseband chip? Wavesat/TI 5.6GHz card?

Wavesat Inc., a single-board RF specialist that has worked with partners such as Atmel and Sequans in WiMAX mini-PCI cards, will collaborate with Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) on a card operating at the unlicensed frequency of 5.8GHz.

The card, due out in the fourth quarter, will use Wavesat's own Evolutive DM256 baseband chip with TI's RF chips. The resulting product will be WiMAX Forum-certifiable for customer premises equipment designs. Wavesat won a forum-certified seal for an earlier mini-PCI design.

The Wavesat/TI 5.8GHz card meets all six non-line-of-sight channel modes. The board supports 16QAM and 256QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation), and binary and quadrature phase-shift keying. It supports time-division duplexing in a frequency range of 5.725-5.875GHz.

Data throughput is as high as 37.5Mbps, and each channel has a bandwidth of 10MHz. Pricing will be announced when the board moves into production at year's end.

- Loring Wirbel
EE Times

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