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Mobile WiMAX SoC supports all Wave 2 features

Posted: 14 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile WiMAX? baseband SoC? mobile station software? 802.16?

ApaceWave Technologies' APW-2000 is a low-power, mobile WiMAX baseband SoC that integrates PHY, MAC, embedded CPU and multiple data interfaces.

The APW-2000 supports all 802.16 mobile WiMAX Wave 2 features, including MIMO Matrix A & B, and beam forming. ApaceWave is looking beyond performance metrics, however, and focusing just as intently on serving an integrated supply chain.

Supported by powerful mobile station software, the SoC requires a minimum of external components to create WiMAX modems for CPE's, PC Cards, USB adapters and portable handheld devices.

ApaceWave has R&D facilities in both the U.S. and China. It is using its presence in China to implement an ODM-oriented sales and marketing strategy. It has targeted ODMs by including product features and local expert support to ease manufacturing challenges.

"ApaceWave understands the ODM model and their long-term mass production needs," said Kevin Xu, VP of business development and product marketing for ApaceWave. "We have demonstrated our technology to large ODM's, and they have expressed interest in working with us to evaluate our SoC and reference designs when our chip becomes available."

ApaceWave validated the APW-2000 design using a sophisticated FPGA board which they tested at Plugfest #3 in France, and on which they have successfully demonstrated streaming video, voice, data and MIMO operation.

APW-2000 samples and reference design kits will be available Q1 2008.

- Jack Shandle
Wireless Net DesignLine

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