NextWave Broadband Announces Roadmap for Advanced Wireless Broadband Chipsets
NextWave Broadband Inc., a subsidiary of NextWave Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ: WAVE), today announced the roadmap for its family of WiMAX baseband and multi-band RFIC chipset platforms. The chipsets, designed by the company’s Advanced Technology Group, are intended to provide wireless device and network equipment manufacturers with an advanced platform to develop next-generation WiMAX mobile terminal and infrastructure products. Samples of the company’s first generation WiMAX baseband system-on-a-chip (SOC) and matched multi-band RFIC will be available this quarter. Initial availability of the company’s second generation chips, designed for high-volume commercial production, is planned for the first half of 2008.
The chipsets included in the roadmap incorporate numerous NextWave innovations to improve performance, reduce power consumption, enable new types of advanced multimedia applications, and allow seamless operation and roaming across worldwide WiMAX frequencies and profiles. In addition, the chipsets incorporate key features to accelerate the convergence of mobile wireless devices with consumer electronics products across Wide Area Network (WAN) and Local Area Network (LAN) environments.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to deliver the high-performance mobile broadband semiconductors and advanced reference designs needed to enable a new ecosystem of mobile broadband devices, networks, and services. Together with our sister company PacketVideo, a leading worldwide supplier of rich media software solutions for wireless carriers and device vendors, we’ve established a strong foundation for the media-centric future we envision for WiMAX,” said Mark Kelley, chief division officer of the company’s Advanced Technology Group. “We believe our chipsets will establish a new standard for price-performance and raise the performance bar for next-generation, wireless broadband enabled mobile devices and consumer electronics products.”
A Family of WiMAX Baseband SOCs and Multi-band RFICs
NextWave’s roadmap announcement provides customers with important information about the first two generations of the company’s advanced WiMAX platforms, each comprised of several families of baseband SOC solutions and matched multi-band RFICs.
NextWave’s first generation platform is comprised of the NW1100 WiMAX baseband mobile subscriber SOC and its matched multi-band RFIC, the NW1200. Sample chips with reference designs will be available this quarter. Key features of the NW1000 platform include:
IEEE 802.16e standard-based;
Supports PCI and SPI host interfaces;
Optimized RF-baseband interface for reduced BOM cost, ease of design, and optimized performance;
Highly integrated direct conversion RFIC architecture;
Supports highly scalable channel bandwidths from 1.75 MHz to 20 MHz;
Supports major worldwide WiMAX spectrum allocations of 2.3 GHz (including the WCS band in the U.S.), 2.5 GHz (including the EBS/BRS band in the U.S.), and 3.4 — 3.8 GHz (including 3.65 — 3.7 GHz for licensed commons operation);
Integrated MIMO support; and
Optimized for mobile broadband services.
NextWave’s second generation WiMAX platform, the NW2000, encompasses the NW2100 family of mobile subscriber baseband SOCs, the NW2700 and NW2800 family of WiMAX access station baseband SOCs, and the NW2200 family of highly integrated multi-band RFICs. Scheduled for release with reference designs in the first half of 2008, the NW2000 mobile subscriber platform is designed to provide customers with an ultra-low-power, integrated WiMAX/Wi-Fi solution to support power-limited mobile devices in a wide range of frequency bands.
By employing advanced 65 nanometer CMOS process technology to minimize size and reduce power consumption, the NW2100 chipset family will be optimized for bandwidth intensive mobile-multimedia applications such as mobile television, streaming video, and video conferencing, and for Quality-of-Service (QoS) sensitive applications such as Voice-over-IP (VoIP). When coupled with the frequency-agile NW2200 RFIC family, key features are expected to include:
IEEE 802.16e standard-based;
WiMAX Forum Wave 2 compliant;
Ultra-low-power, integrated WiMAX/Wi-Fi baseband SOC designed for outstanding battery life using 65nm CMOS process technology;
Integrated 802.11 a/b/g;
Supports Wi-Fi in 2.4 GHz ISM band;
Mobility-optimized ASIC architecture with advanced power-save features to extend battery life for multimedia-centric mobile devices;
Supports global TDD and FDD spectrum allocations from 1.7 GHz to 3.8 GHz;
Supports major worldwide WiMAX spectrum allocations of 2.3 GHz (including the WCS band in the U.S.), 2.5 GHz (including the EBS/BRS band in the U.S.), and 3.3 — 3.8 GHz (including 3.65 — 3.7 GHz for licensed commons operation);
Dynamically programmable WiMAX/Wi-Fi channel bandwidths of 3.5 MHz, 5 MHz, 7 MHz, 8.75 MHz, 10 MHz, and 20 MHz to support various profiles;
Highly-integrated, direct-conversion RFIC architecture with optimized RF-baseband interface for reduced BOM cost, ease of design, and improved spectral efficiency;
Supports highly scalable RF channel bandwidths from 1.75 MHz to 20 MHz;
Supports wide range of host OS environments and system interfaces, including SDIO, SPI, USB2, and PCIe, to enable widest possible range of device types;
Flexi-MAC architecture supports hosted or fully-integrated MAC for optimal flexibility, accelerated time-to-market, and reduced solution cost;
Enhanced MIMO support;
Supports optional beamforming solutions;
Up to 36 Mbps throughput capability;
Support of 802.16h contention-based protocol to enable WiMAX operation in license-exempt bands;
Provides improved performance and interoperability between Wi-Fi and WiMAX frequency bands;
Mobility-optimized SOC architecture with advanced power-save features that delivers maximum throughput for demanding mobile users;
Highly efficient single radio solution that supports multiple service types including unicast, multicast, and NextWave’s optimized broadcast solution;
Convergence sublayer support for next-generation IPv6 networks;
Multiple reference designs to minimize development risk and time-to-market for multiple device types including handsets, smartphones, PDAs, PC modem cards, fixed CPE modems, USB dongles and Personal Media Players (PMPs); and
Support for multiple host OS environments to allow the widest possible range of device types.
Also included in the NW2000 platform are NextWave’s NW2700 and NW2800 baseband SOCs, which are designed for light and medium duty infrastructure applications such as in-home access points and femto cells as well as outdoor access points and micro-BTS devices. Scheduled for release in the second half of 2008, these chipsets demonstrate NextWave’s commitment to provide products that lower WiMAX network capital costs by providing semiconductor solutions on both sides of the air-link to maximize spectral efficiency, by supporting multiple service types, including broadcast, and by enabling license-exempt band operations.
Meeting Real World Demands
NextWave’s platform solutions, semiconductor products, and device reference designs will enable network infrastructure and subscriber terminal manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively develop highly differentiated products to meet the rapidly increasing demands of the market. NextWave Broadband’s reference designs will highlight advanced multimedia applications powered by software from PacketVideo, another subsidiary of NextWave Wireless Inc.
To further support the needs of its customers, NextWave has deployed a state-of-the-art WiMAX field test facility, in Henderson, NV, with advanced data collection tools to measure “real world” performance in typical deployment environments. This facility will be made available to customers who wish to conduct field testing of their products based on NextWave’s reference designs and chipset products.
“Our mission is to make mobile broadband faster, more reliable, more accessible, and more affordable,” added Kelley. “Our 250 world-class engineers are among the most accomplished in the industry. We have the talent, the financial resources and the commitment to provide our customers with the technologies and support they need to deliver the widest range of new and innovative products to the mobile broadband marketplace.”
About NextWave Broadband Inc.
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, NextWave Broadband Inc., a subsidiary of NextWave Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ: WAVE), develops next-generation wireless broadband products and technologies for mobile device and network equipment manufacturers and for wireless service operators. The company’s products and technologies include WiMAX baseband SOCs, multi-band RFICs, device reference designs, and advanced network components. With over 370 employees, NextWave Broadband has additional offices in Henderson, NV; Calgary, Canada; SÃƒ£o Paulo, Brazil; and Seoul, Korea.
Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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