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Companies to collaborate on Mobile WiMAX devices
Posted: 28-Jan-2007 [Source: Kyocera]

[Kyocera Wireless announces collaborative effort to develop Mobile WiMAX consumer electronic devices powered by Runcom's MIMO-powered WiMAX chipset.]

SAN DIEGO & RISHON LEZION, Israel -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global supplier of CDMA wireless devices and accessories, and Runcom Technologies, the pioneer in OFDMA enabling technologies for Mobile WiMax, disclosed today a development agreement aimed at leveraging Kyocera's expertise in wireless device development and Runcom's leading chipset technologies. The companies are working closely to develop exciting new consumer electronic devices employing the latest in broadband Mobile WiMAX technology.

WiMax delivers high-speed broadband fixed and mobile services wirelessly to large areas using considerably less infrastructure than previous wireless protocols. When paired with new MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology, it can deliver mobile services three to five times faster than today's third-generation (3G) standards at a lower cost. A growing number of wireless service providers around the world are planning to use WiMax's multimedia capabilities to complement existing cellular networks and service offerings.

"Mobile WiMax devices and their diverse capabilities will change the landscape of wireless services available to consumers, truly offering a 'quadruple play' of cable television, broadband Internet, home telephone and mobile telephone functionality," said Dave Carey, vice president of strategic planning for Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Users will enjoy an unprecedented combination of productivity, connectivity and entertainment that's as mobile as they are. Kyocera is determined to be at the leading edge of this evolution and we are pleased to be working with Runcom, a company that clearly shares this vision."

Kyocera and Runcom worked closely over the last several months in the early development of multiple classes of Mobile WiMAX terminals, such as PC cards, customer-premises equipment (CPEs), residential gateways and others. At the heart of these devices, the companies anticipate incorporating Runcom's RNA 200 Mobile WiMAX baseband ASIC with MIMO capability.

"Runcom is proud to offer the world's first MIMO-powered WiMax chipset and we are confident it will lead the wireless industry into true 4G services," said Israel Koffman, vice president of marketing at Runcom Technologies.

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