Airspan Networks Inc., a leading worldwide provider of WiMAX and Wi-Fi based broadband wireless access networks, announced its next generation personal Mobile WiMAX client device family called MiMAX(TM). The first product in this family is the MiMAX USB, a USB2.0 based device that turns any laptop into a high performance Mobile WiMAX client.
The MiMAX USB is a ground-breaking product that will enable end-users to connect to virtually every Mobile WiMAX network that is deployed worldwide, and supports all of the target Wave 2 MIMO Mobile WiMAX certification profiles (2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.3 - 3.8 GHz, and 4.9 - 5.8 GHz). This capability enables service providers to offer roaming services across multiple WiMAX networks regardless of the frequency band used.
This incredibly slim device measuring just 98mm x 36mm x 8mm - around 28cc, is one of the world's first WiMAX USB devices. The device is light and easy to carry, making it an ideal companion for the laptop-carrying traveller. The device is powered, via the USB port by the host computer. Its low power consumption and support for Mobile WiMAX idle and sleep modes means that while battery life is conserved, the MiMAX USB still delivers +22dBm at 2.3, 2.5 and 3.5 GHz and +17dBm at 5 GHz.
At the heart of the MiMAX USB design is support for both licensed and unlicensed frequencies. This enables the use of indoor unlicensed 5.X GHz Mobile WiMAX Pico and Femto cells to supplement outdoor coverage from Macro and Micro cell sites, ensuring that WiMAX provides good indoor coverage. Limited spectrum allocations and the technical challenges of synchronization mean that using licensed spectrum can sometimes be difficult while unlicensed Mobile WiMAX provides a simple and convenient solution.
Eric Stonestrom, Airspan's chief executive officer, said, "We believe that our new MiMAX USB device will set a new industry standard for performance, functionality and style and confirms our leadership position in WiMAX end user devices. This new product builds upon the success we had with our Indoor WiMAX Modem, the EasyST, which is capable of supporting both Fixed and Mobile WiMAX applications."
Airspan has also announced the first MiMAX accessory, called the MiMAX Finder. The MiMAX finder enables users to detect WiMAX networks before switching on their PC. The MiMAX finder delivers detailed graphical information on available Mobile WiMAX networks so the end user can determine which network is the best choice. The accessory also doubles as a desktop cradle and improves signal reception by allowing the MiMAX USB to be placed away from the laptop using a standard USB cable.
The MiMAX USB will be showcased alongside HiperMAX, running Mobile WiMAX, at the upcoming WiMAX World USA show, held in Chicago from September 25 to 27th, 2007.