NextWave Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ: WAVE), a global provider of mobile multimedia and wireless broadband technologies and EB (OMX: EBG1V), a technology powerhouse with more than 20 years experience in solutions for wireless and automotive industries, have decided to collaborate to bring one of the first commercial mobile WiMAX handset reference designs to the global market for wide-scale deployment. The device will debut next week at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
EB and NextWave Wireless have developed a complete reference design based on NextWave Wireless’ first-generation WiMAX chipset. Together, EB and NextWave Wireless will provide wireless device manufacturers the opportunity to bring mobile WiMAX products to market faster, and with lower development costs.
Core to this cooperation are innovations such as cutting-edge 4G wireless silicon from NextWave, and compact handset form-factor and unique reference design integration expertise from EB. This synergy enables rich capabilities, including carrier-grade VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and high-speed multimedia services on a consumer-friendly device.
“Through our collaboration, NextWave Wireless has successfully demonstrated VoIP calling over mobile WiMAX in a handset form-factor,” said Arto Pietilä, executive vice president, EB Mobile Terminal Solutions. “This project demonstrates EB’s ability to turn next-generation wireless technologies into enriching end-user experiences.”
As the main platform integrator, EB’s role includes platform specification, hardware development, form-factor mechanical design, antennae specification, software configuration and integration of 3rd party components. EB’s end-to-end expertise in mobile WiMAX, from network elements to handsets and air-interface testing, makes EB the ideal development partner within the industry.
The handset reference design uses NextWave Wireless’ NW1100 WiMAX baseband mobile subscriber SoC (System on a Chip) band and its companion multi-band RFIC (Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit), the NW1200. The handset reference design has been developed to provide customers with an ultra-low-power, integrated mobile WiMAX solution for improved performance, reduced power consumption, advanced multimedia application usage, and seamless operation and roaming across major global WiMAX spectrum allocations, including 2.3 ~ 2.7 GHz and 3.4 ~ 3.8 GHz, and their local variations such as the WCS (Wireless Communications Service) and EBS/BRS (Educational Broadband Service/Broadband Radio Service) bands in America.
“Creating a powerful off-the-shelf solution for WiMAX network operators is just part of NextWave’s strategy for accelerating deployment of mobile WiMAX services,” said James Brailean, CEO, Mobile Products Division, NextWave Wireless. “With EB, we’ve addressed two critical issues for network operators: time-to-market and a differentiating handset solution.”
Technical demonstrations of the NextWave Wireless/EB mobile WiMAX reference design will be offered by appointment-only at NextWave’s stand at the upcoming 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (February 11-14, 2008). Come visit NextWave Wireless on the Avenue in Stand AV40 or EB in Hall 1 in the Finnish Pavilion, Stand Block 1F07.
About EB, Elektrobit Corporation
EB creates advanced technology and turns it into enriching end-user experiences. EB is specialized in demanding embedded software and hardware solutions for wireless and automotive industries. The net sales for the year 2007 totaled MEUR 144,3. Elektrobit Corporation is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki.
About NextWave Wireless
NextWave Wireless Inc. (Nasdaq: WAVE) is engineering the future of mobility by providing next-generation mobile multimedia and wireless broadband technologies to the world’s leading mobile handset manufacturers, network equipment suppliers, and wireless service providers. From mobile television and mobile broadband systems to semiconductors and device-embedded mobile multimedia software that can be found in more than 200 million handsets around the globe, NextWave is evolving the way consumers experience mobile multimedia content. In addition, the company’s global spectrum footprint allows service providers to deploy next-generation wireless broadband networks utilizing NextWave’s advanced wireless broadband products and technologies.