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Motorola unveils 802.16e-compliant handset chipset modem

Posted: 01 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX? 802.16e chipset? handset modem?

A WiMAX 802.16e-compliant chipset modem for mobile devices was displayed by Motorola at WiMAX World in Chicago. Designed to support WiMAX wireless WAN under construction in metropolitan areas across the United States, the chipset is scheduled to be used in mobile phones next year.

WiMAX is seen as an alternative to Wi-Fi in delivering data and voice services to mobile devices, such as smart phones and handheld computers. Its advantages are a bigger, faster pipe for moving data, and the ability to carry over greater distances.

Motorola is partnering with several carriers, including Sprint Nextel. Sprint's Xohm business unit is building a WiMAX network with Clearwire, covering 30 U.S. metropolitan markets.

"With this chipset, Motorola has been able to redefine what is possible for WiMAX mobile devices, enabling a wider portfolio of devices, from voice-centric handsets to multimedia terminals," Gary Koerper, VP of platform planning and systems architecture at Motorola, said in a statement.

Motorola is providing WiMAX infrastructure technology to 12 commercial systems, and has been involved in more than 40 trials worldwide since late 2006, the company said.

A major challenge to WiMAX is likely to come from wireless carriers building out their cellular networks to deliver data faster. Those services, however, have been expensive. WiMAX supporters believe the technology can beat rivals in price, as well as speed.

- Antone Gonsalves
EE Times

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