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Mini-PCI design kit for WiMAX equipment debuts

Posted: 05 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mini-PCI reference design? PCI? WiMAX?

Wavesat's 5.8GHz Mini-PCI reference design

Wavesat rolls its 5.8GHz Mini-PCI reference design optimized to allow equipment manufacturers to rapidly bring WiMAX equipment to market.

The reference design in the form of an extended length Mini-PCI card facilitates system designs by providing a plug-and-play complete solution for the lower layer air interface and time critical low-level MAC functionality. It allows equipment manufacturers to design the motherboard providing the higher layer application processor and peripherals according to their specific needs, hence enabling greater flexibility and reducing development efforts.

The development platform supports ODMs efforts to design WiMAX-compliant wireless devices for the 5.8GHz unlicensed band using Wavesat's Evolutive WiMAX DM256 chip. Based on the WiMAX Forum profile, the 5.8GHz Mini-PCI design simplifies the overall WiMAX CPE design, enabling customers to bring WiMAX solutions to market faster and more cost-efficiently, while allowing for flexibility to address further changes driven by the WiMAX emerging market dynamics, application diversity and customer profiles.

"Wavesat's WiMAX Mini-PCI reference designs offer OEMs and ODMs the unique opportunity to quickly develop a low BOM subscriber unit with minimum NRE investment and risk by using existing broadband CPE platforms," said Vijay Dube, VP of marketing and business development for Wavesat. "Because 5.8GHz is an unlicensed frequency band, it can be rapidly deployed by Wireless Internet Service Providers (WiSPs) around the world and especially in North America, where it is the only WiMAX Forum profile currently deployable."

Wavesat's WiMAX products support both base stations and subscriber units for licensed and license-exempt radio frequencies. Wavesat provides a full-range of standards-based ICs, software and development platforms supporting IEEE 802.16-2004 and 802.16e-2005 standards.




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