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October 12, 2006

Intel Rolls Out AdvancedMC WiMAX Baseband Card

By Laura Stotler, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Intel Corporation has announced the NetStructure WiMAX Baseband Card to aid in the creation of WiMAX base stations. The new card is an integrated hardware and software platform for transport, control and baseband processing in a standards-based Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC (News - Alert)) form factor.

The card enables equipment manufacturers to accelerate time to market as well as reduce development and lifecycle management costs when building WiMAX base stations. It is ideal for wireless broadband solutions for both business and residential access. The module is built to the AdvancedMC specification, including the Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) interfaces as well as a full Media Access Controller and Physical Layer solution.

The solution also features the Intel (News - Alert) IXP2350 network processor and scheduling and control software, and is upgradeable from fixed to mobile WiMAX applications. The card is designed to meet demanding requirements of large service providers, and also enables manufacturers to create base stations with a small footprint so they may expand the solution as requirements grow. It offers a compact form factor and is suited to space-constrained environments. A low-power profile also enables equipment cooling cost savings. The card includes production hardware and software and is interoperable with WiMAX client devices like the Intel PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface.

“With the new Intel NetStructure WiMAX Baseband Card, Intel continues to advance WiMAX technology and help equipment manufacturers improve the flexibility, development time and cost of wireless broadband solutions,” said Keate Despain, director of marketing of Intel’s Modular Communications Platform Division. “This standards-based, off-the-shelf building block is the solution of choice for manufacturers looking to create WiMAX solutions that can be deployed, operated and upgraded cost effectively.”


Laura Stotler writes about IP Communications and related topics for TMCnet. She has covered VoIP and related technologies for seven years, contributing to Internet Telephony magazine and TMCnet, and as a freelance writer. To see more articles, please visit: Laura Stotler’s columnist page.


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