October 17, 2008

Digifriends and NextWave Wireless Develop New Mobile Internet Device

South Korean mobile WiMAX and portable multimedia device maker Digifriends and US-based NextWave Wireless have announced the development of a WiMAX-enabled mobile internet device, the M3, powered by NextWave's NW2000 WiMAX chipset.

Expected to debut in second half of 2009, this mobile internet device (MID) is claimed to provide new mobile multimedia features to global users, by tapping the power of WiMAX to deliver higher-speed access to next-generation content and services.

It is claimed that, this MID is optimized to deliver enhanced performance of bandwidth-intensive mobile multimedia applications, including advanced gaming, streaming video of user-generated content, video conferencing/chat, VoIP and, where supported by operators, NextWave's MXtv mobile broadcast over WiMAX feature.

The M3 also allows for high-speed internet browsing, integrated WiMAX-WiFi-Bluetooth connectivity and offers add-on accessories and peripheral components, including a keyboard, stand and speakers, to further extend WiMAX-powered service opportunities.

Byung Park, CEO of Digifriends, said: "We expect to see an explosion of consumer and operator excitement for WiMAX in 2009, fueled by the introduction of innovative devices like the M3 that offer end-users a completely new mobile multimedia experience. We are confident that the M3's entry into the global market will accelerate the path to WiMAX, as it offers unique features that leverage the innovative technology found in NextWave Wireless' WiMAX chipset."