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Briefs...Emerging Technologies Flash E-newsletter, September 15, 2006

Wed, 02/28/2007 - 1:57am

• The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced that CDMA2000 operators upgrading to 1X EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) with conversational QoS capability will be able to offer carrier-grade voice over IP (VoIP) communication services over wireless 3G networks. The CDG asserts QoS-enabled Rev. A networks will increase downlink and uplink speeds, provide symmetry and reduce latency and jitter for delay sensitive services.

Cambridge, U.K.-based CSR unveiled the UniVox voice over IP phone, which is built on the company’s UniFi single-chip Wi-Fi technology. Unlike most voice over Wi-Fi handsets, the CSR phone is designed to keep costs down, with bill of material costs totaling less than $15, according to the company. CSR expects to introduce a production-ready model by year-end.

Wireless mesh equipment is expected to generate worldwide sales of close to $1 billion by the close of 2008, according to Heavy Reading’s new Wireless Mesh Equipment Market Tracker. The tracker calculates that sales will grow 100 percent in 2006 alone. The new service tracks nine vendors that currently offer wireless mesh products: BelAir, Cisco Systems, Firetide, LocustWorld, Motorola, Nortel, SkyPilot, Strix Systems and Tropos Networks.

Wireless and broadband solutions supplier Anadigics began shipping production volumes of its ultra-compact AWT6314 dual-band CDMA power amplifier (PA) are designed to reduce external components. Its small footprint achieves a 25 percent space savings compared with solutions requiring two single-band PAs.

Thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology provider LG.Philips LCD has developed a TFT-LCD panel for next-generation mobile phones, an industry first according to the company. The 2-inch LCD panel is designed to deliver a faster response time than existing mobile phone displays to enable “play back sharp high-quality video from next-generation digital broadcasts and mobile communication technology, including DVB-H and WiBro,” the company says.

Verizon Wireless is turning to Motorola for EV-DO Revision A support. Under the terms of the agreement, Motorola will supply technology to upgrade existing 1X EV-DO Revision 0 sites and incremental upgrades to CDMA 1X RTT sites to 1X EV-DO Revision A.

Sprint Nextel added two mobile broadband cards -- one from Pantech and one from Sierra Wireless -- to support its upgrade to EV-DO Revision A technology. The cards support average download speeds from 450 to 850 kbps and upload speeds in the range of 300 to 400 kbps. The Pantech and Sierra Wireless cards are the second and third Rev. A cards Sprint has introduced, the first coming from a deal with Novatel Wireless. The Sprint Rev. A network is expected to reach 40 million people by the end of 2006, according to Sprint.

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