Intel is working with wireless networking vendor Proxim Corporation to develop and manufacture wireless campus area networking systems for fixed and portable long-range broadband access based on the emerging WiMax standard (also known as 802.16).
The agreement covers the development of base station and subscriber unit access points that deliver wireless access for data, voice and video services.
Initially, the companies will collaborate on fixed base stations, supporting the 802.16a, revision d specification, as well as customer premise equipment (CPE) for fixed wireless networks.
In addition to WiMax CPE, Proxim will develop a WiMax base station marketed as the Proxim Tsunami MP.16.
Also as part of the collaboration, the companies will co-develop a reference design for WiMax CPE equipment.
Intel will provide the CPE architecture, including the hardware and software components, as a reference design for other WiMax equipment makers.
The reference design will help subscriber station designers bring products to market faster, assisting in the proliferation of WiMax for both licensed and unlicensed networks, claimed the chip giant.
Scott Richardson, general manager of Intel's broadband wireless division, said in a statement: "We as an industry are headed toward the 'broadband wireless era', and WiMax will play a key role in delivering on our vision."
"The next wave is about portability, with people wanting access anywhere. Together, Intel and Proxim will enable people around the globe to use emerging services and content in their homes, businesses, and on the road."
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