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Linux WiMAX Board Packages to start shipping
Posted: 21-Jan-2007 [Source: Fujitsu]

[Fujitsu and Hopling Technologies announce their Linux-based WiMAX baseband SoC reference kits are to begin shipping Q1-07.]

Sunnyvale, CA & Langen, Germany & Almere, the Netherlands -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA), Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME), and Hopling Technologies announced that they will ship their jointly-produced Linux-based WiMAX baseband system-on-chip (SoC) reference kits to ODM customers.

Hopling Technologies and Fujitsu announced in September 2006 that they would collaborate on a Linux-based Hopling Board Support Package designed to make it easier for equipment manufacturers to add innovative applications to the standards-based Fujitsu solution. The reference kit, which includes a reference board utilizing the highly integrated MB87M3550 WiMAX SoC, software package and operating manual, will be available from Fujitsu in 1Q-2007.

"This reference kit very effectively leverages Hopling Technologies' software and Fujitsu's SoC," stated Manfred Mettendorff, U.S. based senior marketing manager for Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe. "Fujitsu is the first company to address the growing need for embedding WiMAX baseband SoC into our customers' Linux-based wireless equipment. We believe this will spur development worldwide and decrease time-to-market for our customers' products."

"The shipping of the Linux WiMAX Board Packages is a successful outcome of the expanded relationship of Hopling Technologies and Fujitsu," stated Rudger van Brenk, who was recently appointed Director Research and added to the Management Board of Hopling Technologies. "Together, we have managed to develop a product that is state-of-the-art and future-proof for companies wishing to launch their own WiMAX product-line."

Additional information about the topology and applications served by Hopling Technologies Wireless Broadband Access solutions, and its direction on fixed and mobile WiMAX architectures, can be found in the newly-published Hopling Technologies Case Study, available at: About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.

As a founding and board member of the WiMAX Forum, Fujitsu supports the standards development and compliance programs that are essential to successful Broadband Wireless deployment.


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