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Briefs...Emerging Technologies Flash E-newsletter, October13, 2006

Fri, 03/02/2007 - 5:30pm

• Airspan Networks says shipments will start in the fourth quarter for its HiperMAX Base Station portfolio. The products include the HiperMAX and HiperMAX-Micro base stations for 3.4-3.6 GHz FDD, 3.6-3.7 GHz TDD and 4.9 GHz TDD frequencies. Airspan says it plans HiperMAX products in the future for the 3.3-3.4 GHz, 3.4-3.5 GHz and 3.5-3.6 GHz TDD bands, and will have a 2.5-2.7 GHz product in the second half of 2007.The HiperMAX products were recently part of the Mobile WiMAX Forum PlugFest.

• Starent Networks unveiled its Access Service Network (ASN) Gateway and Home Agent (HA) solutions for mobile WiMAX networks. The ASN Gateway and HA functions will be deployed on Starent’s access independent ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway, which will facilitate service continuity and uniformity across different radio access networks, according to the company.

• Tilgin launched the Tilgin IMS@Home platform designed to deliver IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) support in the home. The IMS-client platform has the ability to integrate mobile phones, computers and home consumer devices such as televisions and media servers and allow them to share applications.

• Intel Corporation unveiled the Intel WiMAX Connection 2250, a next-generation system-on-chip (SoC). The dual-mode solution marks Intel’s first design to support mobile networks in addition to fixed networks. When paired with Intel’s discrete tri-band WiMAX radio, the solution is capable of supporting all global WiMAX frequencies, according to Intel.

• Novatel Wireless began commercial shipments of its Merlin XU870 ExpressCard to high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) and UMTS carriers worldwide. Designed to operate on both North American and European HSDPA networks, the Merlin XU870 ExpressCard is the first commercially available HSDPA ExpressCard, according to Novatel. Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal and New Zealand already have access to the card, with additional market launches planned before the end of this year.

• Texas Instruments (TI) has expanded its wireless signal chain solutions for WiMAX applications with the introduction of new release-to-production radio frequency (RF) transceiver reference designs, which support IEEE's 802.16d/e standard RF front-end requirements for a variety of wireless infrastructure technologies, according to the company. TI introduced the TSW5002 RF reference design, which operates at 2.5 GHz, incorporates TI's TRF11xx chipset and the TSW5003, as well as the TSW5005 reference design, which operates at 5.6 GHz and incorporates the TRF2432 and TRF2436 heterodyne transceiver 2-chip chipset.

The networking company Adaptix announced the pricing and availability of its compact mobile base stations and mobile terminals for mobile WiMAX. The company’s BX-3000 series of base stations are priced starting at $19,995 for a single-sector configuration, with 3-sector configurations starting at $39,995. Adaptix also announced that its BX-3000 base station and San Francisco-300 mobile terminal participated in the recent WiMAX Forum interoperability PlugFest.

• Redline Communications has introduced a WiMAX-Wi-Fi mesh network solution that combines a Cisco Systems’ Cisco Aironet 1500 outdoor wireless mesh network. The solution is designed to enable the delivery of fixed and portable wireless broadband services throughout municipal and metropolitan areas, according to the company. The solution combines Redline's WiMAX Forum Certified RedMAX AN-100U sector controllers and RedMAX Outdoor Subscriber Units (SU-O) with Cisco Aironet 1500 Series access points.

• Netopia has a new 3-D Reach Extreme wireless gateway designed to deliver Wi-Fi range, performance and coverage. 3-D Reach Extreme custom tunes an integrated high-power radio and incorporates orthogonal antenna placement in an effort to eliminate dead zones and dropped connections, Netopia says.

• Yaskawa Electric Group’s Y-E Data Ltd. and Wisair, a provider of ultrawideband (UWB) chipset solutions, announced plans for Y-E Data to deliver a new wireless hub featuring Wisair’s UWB technology. Y-E Data’s 4-port wireless hub is designed to replace any wireline USB connection with a wireless connection. Sampling is set to begin this month, with volume shipments ramping up in November. The wireless hub is scheduled for sampling in October, with volume shipment to customers slated for November.

• TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) was awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office relating methods for a location server to share location information with multiple applications without initiating additional network queries. According to the company, sharing the location information among applications reduces network messaging traffic, which in turn improves system performance. 

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