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Wavesat is the first to issue a WiMax chip, though it hasn’t met official certification yet: It’s a baseband-only unit and Wavesat has hired Atmel to make the radio component. Still, Wavesat beats the big guys like Intel and Fujitsu, which probably isn’t terribly surprising as the smaller companies usually get to market first. As this research study notes, however, when the Intels of the world do reach the market, their production capacities are so much greater that they’ll likely quickly eclipse Wavesat.
Daily Wireless has some great detail about both the Wavesat chip and other chips that are in the works. The story references a paid research report from Unstrung that suggests that the performance of initial certified WiMax networks is likely to be less than that of existing proprietary systems. That’s in line with much of what I’ve heard from analysts and vendors. But standards are usually a lowest common denominator, allowing vendors to build on them to create a better mousetrap.
Posted by nancyg at December 15, 2004 1:00 PM
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