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Wavesat rolls WiMAX Mini-PCI for mass market CPEs

Posted: 03 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX? Mini PCI? indoor modems? 802.16e?

Wavesat is announcing availability of its second generation WiMAX Mini PCI design targeting low cost mass market indoor and outdoor CPEs.

The NP7256 mini-PCI design provides advanced WiMAX features such as support for UL subchannelization, which significantly improves performance for indoor modems.

Based on Wavesat's latest Evolutive NP7256 ASIC, the new generation WiMAX Mini-PCI solution has been redesigned with fewer parts and advanced RF chipsets to substantially reduce overall size and BOM. Combined with Wavesat's MAC software, it enables ODMs and OEMs to build small and extremely low cost subscriber units. The flexible architecture of the Mini-PCI will offer easy design upgradeability to WiMAX 802.16e.

NP7256 Mini-PCI features a complete WiMAX air interface (baseband PHY, real-time critical MAC and RF), small footprint and low power consumption, and enhanced indoor reach through subchannelization on the uplink. It also offers embedded encryption support permitting lower-priced processors to be used in the CPE.

"Near- to medium-term applications for WiMAX are driven by fixed and portable application services, CPE cost, and platform flexibility," said Frank Draper, VP of strategic development at Wavesat. "Our WiMAX NP7256 Mini-PCI design offers OEMs and ODMs the opportunity to quickly develop a low BOM subscriber unit with minimum NRE investment and risk by using existing broadband CPE platform. As a market leader, Wavesat will continue to focus on enhancing current product portfolio to bring additional cost reduction, easy upgrades and design flexibility to its unique architecture."

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