Cisco today said it has a definitive agreement to purchase Navini Networks, described as "a leader in the Mobile WiMAX 802.16e-2005 broadband wireless industry".
Cisco's announcement noted Navini's "Smart Beamforming" MIMO antenna technology as one of the reasons for the acquisition. Navini also brings to the table a portfolio of broadband wireless WiMAX solutions including base stations, adaptive antenna arrays, management systems, and subscriber modems, as well as a base of 75 customers.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $330 million in cash and assumed options. The Navini acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco's 2008 fiscal year. Upon the close of the acquisition, Cisco plans to integrate Navini into its Wireless Networking Business Unit, under the Ethernet and Wireless Technology Group.
DigiTimes today said that D-Link has revealed its WiMax product strategy and plans for European rollout of draft 802.11n products.
The WiMax information is short on details, but includes plans for "network cards with different interfaces such as integrated wireless LAN, Bluetooth and WiMAX support".
The draft 802.11n report said that the company plans to "start marketing its low-priced 802.11n products, utilizing WLAN chips coming from Taiwan-based Ralink Technology, in the European market in the fourth quarter". D-Link's draft 11n U.S. products are based on Atheros' XSPAN chipset.
Clearwire announced today the availability of its first Clearwire PC card in its markets across the U.S.
The card expands the companys product portfolio to provide greater portability, requiring only the power provided by the customers notebook computer. Clearwire uses Motorolas pre-WiMAX OFDM technology to provide up to 2.0 Mbps download / 256k upload speeds.
The card is currently available in all Clearwire markets via authorized local retailers and national partners, Best Buy and Circuit City. Customers can also purchase the card online at www.clearwire.com or by calling 1-888-CLEARWIRE. Service plans for the Clearwire pc card start at $59.99 a month with a pc card lease fee of $6.99 a month.
Intel has announced that it built its first WiMAX baseband chip for laptops. The WiMAX Connect 2300 chip, combined with a radio antenna, could be a long-range replacement for 802.11 Wi-Fi and cellular networks by providing multi-megabit speeds over several kilometers. Intel has also incorporated multiple antennas to increase speed and signal strength.The chip was demonstrated in a prototype Intel Centrino Duo laptop with mobile WiMAX, Wi-Fi and HSDPA. Intel says the chip uses the same software for current WiMAX and Wi-Fi devices which certainly will ease headaches for laptop makers. The company also claims the chip has low power requirements.
" According to market sources, the planned joint venture will have a registered capital of $4 million initially, with Accton holding a 70% stake in the new company.
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