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RF Magic, Wavesat deliver WiMAX Mini-PCI module for less than $100

Posted: 09 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wavesat? RF Magic? WiMAX? Mini-PCI?

RF IC supplier RF Magic has partnered with software and development tool supplier Wavesat to deliver a cost-effective WiMAX Mini-PCI module. With a BOM under $100, the module will provide OEMs and ODMs with a quickly-deployable WiMAX CPE.

The Mini-PCI design includes Wavesat's DM256 baseband chipset, interfaces, all external filters and components, and software, in conjunction with RF Magic's Magic MaxT chipset. The Magic Max SuperHet multi-band transceiver chipset features multiple VCOs, LNAs and amplifiers on single transmit (RF2000) and receive (RF3000) ICs. This chipset covers all fixed service and unlicensed bands between 2- and 3.8GHz for WiMAX and proprietary fixed broadband wireless access modems.

"RF Magic's unique RF and digital communications systems experience combined with RF silicon design expertise gives them the unique capacity to develop highly advanced ICs for cost-effective integration into high-volume consumer platforms," said Frank Draper, VP Strategic Development for Wavesat. "We are delighted to cooperate with RF Magic to offer our customers an advanced, cost-effective WiMAX Mini-PCI module."

Gordon Schenk, VP of worldwide sales at RF Magic, commented, "We have very complimentary technologies that combine to deliver a completely integrated, high quality reference design for our customers. We have experienced a great deal of interest in our WiMAX products in the last 12 months and now coupled with Wavesat's digital and system expertise, both companies are well positioned to capitalize on the continued momentum that this market is experiencing."

Wavesat's WiMAX Mini-PCI Module provides a plug-and-play, complete solution for the lower layer air interface and time critical low-level MAC functionality. This solution meets all six SUI non-line of sight channel models, and supports TDD and HFDD. It also offers adaptive modulation, including BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM and 64-QAM, and offers 3.5- and 7MHz channel bandwidth while on a 3.5GHz RF interface. Data throughput is 37.5Mbps.

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