Wednesday, December 15, 2004

First WiMAX chips shipping now

A new wireless chip based on IEEE specification 802.16-2004, appears to have hit the market today. Also known as WiMAX, the new wireless spec has a much broader range than current 802.11x. The expected range is up to 30 miles, although bandwidth clearly diminishes as range is extended. Devices with the new chip are planned for the second quarter of 2005.

This type of broadband access is ideal for remote areas and pushes beyond the current wired boundaries of cable and xDSL broadband. Future plans for the spec include a mobile version in 2007, which would benefit mobile road warriors. Personally, I would love to use WiMAX to connect to my WiFi home network and sync up data on the road. Either that or a cross-town LAN party for Half-Life 2!

"WaveSat this week began shipping a chip that it says is the first to comply fully with the IEEE 802.16-2004 wireless broadband standard, commonly known as WiMax.

In its first incarnation, defined by the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard, WiMax is intended as a fixed wireless broadband technology for homes and businesses, capable of delivering speeds comparable to current wired broadband. A later version expected in 2007, based on the emerging IEEE 802.16e specification, will allow for mobile broadband services."

Full Story at InfoWorld


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