Intel has launched the WiMax Connection 2250, the company’s next-generation system-on-chip and its first designed to support mobile networks in addition to fixed networks.
The Intel WiMax Connection 2250 is the industry’s first dual-mode baseband chip, and when paired with Intel’s discrete tri-band WiMax radio, the solution is capable of supporting all global WiMax frequencies.
Sean Maloney, executive vice-president and GM of Intel’s sales & marketing group, also announced that Motorola intends to integrate the Intel WiMAX Connection 2250 into its CPEi 200 Series of WiMAX customer premise equipment.
Motorola joins several other leading telecommunications equipment manufacturers expected to deliver Intel WiMAX Connection 2250-based products in 2007.
“Intel is bringing its first mobile WiMAX compliant product to market, marking an incredibly important step in the launch of mobile WiMax,” Maloney says. “The first with dual mode support, the new chip bridges the worlds of fixed and mobile WiMax, helping equipment manufacturers build customer premise equipment at increasingly attractive price points, and service providers to break ground on upgradeable networks.”
WiMax is a standards-based wireless technology for providing high-speed, last-mile broadband connectivity to homes and businesses and for mobile wireless networks. Intel’s WiMax silicon delivers the features needed to enable cost-effective, high-speed wireless modems for homes and businesses.
Service providers may benefit from the versatility and faster time to market afforded by the dual-mode support of the Intel WiMax Connection 2250.
Compliance with both the IEEE 802.16-2004 fixed standard and the more advanced IEEE 802.16e-2005 specification for fixed, nomadic and mobile WiMax functionality enables the development of customer premise equipment that can be deployed in “d” mode and upgraded to “e” mode with a quick over-the-air software upgrade.
Maloney adds that work that has begun on a mobile WiMax trial in collaboration with Clearwire and Motorola. The trial is expected to run through 2007.