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Ref design highlights extended mobility between Edge, WiMAX

Posted: 13 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Edge? WiMAX? reference design?

NXP Semiconductors is demonstrating a dual-mode EDGE-WiMAX reference design at the Mobile World Congress 2008. The dual-mode reference design highlights the extended mobility between the two wireless standards by combining NXP's Nexperia Cellular System Solution 5210 for Edge networks with the forthcoming Intel WiMAX Connection 2400 solution for ultramobile and CE devices. A fully validated reference design for the dual-mode Edge-WiMAX solution will be available from NXP in 2H 08.

Taking advantage of the most widely deployed Edge cellular network and a keen interest in WiMAX from operators, the dual-mode reference design will allow OEMs and ODMs to offer enhanced mobility on a wide range of consumer devices, such as laptops, smart phones, PDAs, cameras, via PCMCIA cards, PCIe, USB dongles or even embedded on a circuit board for ultra-small form factor devices. For mobile operators with existing GSM/Edge networks, the dual-mode Edge-WiMAX solution could provide a practical way to gradually build-out a WiMAX data overlay network. Subscribers would be able to enjoy the high speeds of the WiMAX data overlay network where available, and revert to the GSM/Edge network for coverage and circuit-switched voice.

"NXP is delighted to collaborate with Intel in developing an industry-leading dual-mode Edge-WiMAX reference design. This joint effort to align product strengths from both companies will give manufacturers an easy choice to create 'connected everywhere' devices regardless of technology choice," said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior VP and GM of the cellular business at NXP. "This collaboration validates the proven reliability of the Nexperia Cellular System Solution for Edge, which has already been deployed in 100 million mobile devices around the world."

"The dual-mode Edge-WiMAX solution demonstrates an exciting opportunity to bring Mobile Internet to more people and enable service providers to expand their mobile broadband services," said Raviv Melamed, GM of the mobile wireless group of Intel Corp. "NXP's solution based on Intel WiMAX Connection 2400 takes advantage of mature technology know-how to deliver a highly-integrated and compact reference design that can be deployed speedily in a variety of consumer devices."

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