Wavesat Announces Availability Of World’s First 5.8 GHz WiMAX Mini-PCI Design

Wavesat Announces Availability Of World's First 5.8 GHz WiMAX Mini-PCI Design

May 30, 2007

Wavesat, a leading designer of WiMAX 802.16d-2004 & .16e-2005 solutions announced today the immediate availability of its 5.8 GHz Mini-PCI reference design. Wavesat’s 5.8 GHz Mini-PCI design is optimized to allow equipment manufacturers worldwide to rapidly bring WiMAX equipment to market.

5.8. GHz WiMAX mini-PCIThis is not a small announcement that we can easily overlook, this is a very important announcement from Wavesat. Having the very firs 5.8. GHz WiMAX mini-PCI design in the world is a great thing, especially knowing that there is nothing that can come close to this in the entire world. This will allow all the equipment manufacturers in the entire world to introduce the WiMAX equipment to the modern market and that will be extremely beneficial to WiMAX and for the users because they will gain a lot of popularity. A lot of people have been waiting for this announcement.

The reference design in the form of an extended length Mini-PCI card facilitates system designs by providing a plug-and-play complete solution for the lower layer air interface and time critical low-level MAC functionality. It allows equipment manufacturers to tailor the motherboard providing the higher layer application processor and peripherals according to their specific needs, hence providing greater flexibility and reducing development efforts.

The 5.8 GHz Mini-PCI design is a development platform supporting ODMs efforts to design WiMAX-compliant wireless devices for the 5.8 GHz unlicensed band using Wavesat’s Evolutive WiMAX™ DM256 chip. Based on the WiMAX Forum profile, the 5.8 GHz Mini-PCI design greatly simplifies the overall WiMAX CPE design, enabling customers to bring WiMAX solutions to market faster and more cost-efficiently, while allowing for flexibility to address further changes driven by the WiMAX emerging market dynamics, application diversity and customer profiles.

“Wavesat’s WiMAX Mini-PCI reference designs offer OEMs and ODMs the unique opportunity to quickly develop a low BOM subscriber unit with minimum NRE investment and risk by using existing broadband CPE platforms,” commented Vijay Dube, VP Marketing and Business Development for Wavesat. “Because 5.8 GHz is an unlicensed frequency band, it can be rapidly deployed by Wireless Internet Service Providers (WiSPs) around the world and especially in North America, where it is the only WiMAX Forum profile currently deployable.”

Flash Can Impact Everything


On May 25th 2006, Alan Weissberger attended an IEEE Magnetics-Consumer Electronics seminar where Dr. Eli Harari, CEO of SanDisk, spoke about current trends and applications of Flash memories. It’s widely recognized that consumer electronics has been the main engine of tech growth, but the influence of dramatically improved price-performance of Flash memories have been underestimated by most analysts. Flash technology has advanced to unlock much greater price elasticity, which is accelerating growth in the consumer electronics market -especially smart phones capable of receiving streaming and real time video.

Let’s focus on mobile video and multi-media gaming on the move. While issues like wireless spectrum, packet radio protocols, compression, DRM have grabbed the headlines, Flash memory is just as important an enabler of mobile video and multi-media on handsets. In fact, the storage of video, music, emails, and web content on handsets is growing at a 68% CAGR, according to Dr. Harari.

The combination of advances in Flash technology with 3G mobile broadband (including WiMAX) is enabling much richer content distribution to handsets. With a projection of 1 billion new global consumers of mobile broadband in the next decade, there will be tremendous growth in this area. The mobile content evolution will give rise to smart phones that include video and music downloads, web access, multi-media gaming, camera, GPS functionality, and other applications. DRM solutions are expected to accelerate consumption.

What about the future? A terabyte in your pocket, a petabyte in your home? Within the next decade we might see these levels of personal storage requirements. Already a terabyte hard disk drive can be seen on the near horizon. New applications will drive storage capacity, performance, and unit growth for all types of storage devices. Growing storage demand for consumer applications will join with industrial storage system demand to create an unprecedented demand for storage.

Within 5 years personal content (created by non-commercial sources) will equal and even exceed commercial content in many homes. Supplying storage to support the creation and delivery of commercial as well as personal and quasi-commercial digital content, including non-traditional delivery to support new markets such as IPTV and mobile phones will become an important factor ensuring storage growth.