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UWB Heads to Handsets with Staccato, SK Telecom Partnership

Staccato’s ultrawideband chip will find its way into SK Telecom handsets: The UWB product will support the host of WiMedia protocols and standards, some still under development, and allow a handset to communicate via TCP/IP (WiNet), Bluetooth (version 3.0!), and Certified Wireless USB.

This should open tremendous possibilities for a cell phone’s interaction with home electronics—hey, it’s a remote control!—and PCs, allowing simple transfer, simple network access, and other features.

Full story on Wi-Fi Networking News

FCC approves DS-OFDM UWB Modulation Technique

Focus Enhancements today announced it has received FCC approval for its Ultra Wideband (UWB) DS-OFDM modulation scheme. The approval was granted without the waiver restrictions that are currently being applied to the WiMedia Standard UWB technology.

DS-OFDM UWB radios will be able to use all or any part of the 3.1 to 10.6 GHz spectrum allocated by the FCC. Focus said "UWB rates and distances will be significantly increased using DS-OFDM architecture".

HP and Cingular Wireless Introduce Global Mobile Broadband Notebook

HP and Cingular Wireless today announced availability of what is claimed to be the first notebook PC in the United States to feature built-in global mobile broadband capabilities.

HP said its Compaq nc6400 Notebook PC with integrated Cingular Wireless UMTS/HSDPA-based technology is the first notebook with a tri-band UMTS modem supporting data rates of up to 3.6 Mbps. It can access mobile broadband service in the United States via Cingular Wireless BroadbandConnect or high-speed EDGE services and in more than 115 countries where UMTS or GPRS/EDGE networks are available.

Intel demos its first mobile WiMAX chip

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.

Full story on TG Daily

Xirrus adds draft 11n upgrade guarantee, for a price

Wi-Fi Array maker Xirrus today announced the launch of the Xirrus 802.11n Upgrade Guarantee Program. The program provides customers with a pay-for 802.11n technology upgrade path on Arrays purchased in advance of the standard's ratification, which is expected sometime in 2008.

Xirrus said it can offer the upgrade due to the Array’s modular design. All RF components are located on modular printed circuit boards which can be replaced when 802.11n radio modules are available. An upgrade to an Array's firmware-based 802.11 MAC will also be required.

Streamlined Hotspot Logins for Portable Devices

Devicescape launches new service, software, to reduce friction: The company opened its public beta to enable portable Wi-Fi-equipped devices to attach themselves to hotspots without the tedium--when it's even possible--of logging in.

Devicescape, until now, has been known as an embedded Wi-Fi driver developer, making network software that runs on devices that have very little space and very little battery power to carry out that task. They're leveraging their knowledge and experience in launching this new service.

Full Story on Wi-Fi Networking News

Atheros launches 802.11g PCI Express chip

Atheros Communications today announced the Atheros AR5007EG - a 802.11g PCI Express (PCIe) device that includes both low noise amplifier (LNA) and power amplifier (PA), in a low-cost, single-chip digital CMOS design.

The device is targeted at lowering the cost of adding 802.11b/g wireless connectivity to both notebook and desktop PCs. Its advantages include a 50 percent reduction in the printed circuit board cost and 25 percent reduction in rest of bill-of-materials (RBOM) component count over previous generation board designs.

Belkin says mid-December for UWB USB hub shipment

Belkin issued a brief press release this morning that said its Cable-Free USB Hub will be "available for purchase in mid-December".

The F5U301 Cable-Free USB Hub lists for $199.99 and is based on Wisair silicon. It supports a single wireless UWB connection between the supplied USB adapter plugged into a computer and wired USB devices connected into the four port Cable-Free USB Hub.

Qualcomm to Acquire Airgo and Bluetooth Assets of RFMD

Qualcomm today announced that it will acquire for cash WLAN MIMO innovator Airgo Networks and the majority of RF Micro Devices' (RFMD's) Bluetooth assets. The announcement said the acquisitions are being made to "enhance Qualcomm's ability to deliver industry-leading, complete semiconductor solutions that will enable its device manufacturing partners to more quickly and easily offer a wide range of compelling wireless devices".

Gateway offering draft 11n wireless options

Updated 12/11/06
Gateway Computer has joined other PC manufacturers in offering draft 802.11n wireless options for its consumer lines of desktop and notebook PCs. Marvell announced that Gateway is using its TopDog draft 802.11n WLAN technology in Gateway's" consumer lines of desktop and notebook PCs".

Earlier this month, Broadcom announced that Lenovo is using Broadcom's Intensi-fi 11n chipset in Lenovo's new N100 widescreen notebook. And back in July, Dell began offering draft 11n wireless options using Broadcom's chipset in "select Inspiron" notebook models and its XPS notebook line.

Wireless Draft N is now available as an option on the DX420 line of desktop PCs for $49 and will be available in notebooks in January 2007.

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