Alvarion picks Freescale processor for WiMAX-ready platform

Tel Aviv-based Alvarion is a supplier of broadband wireless access solutions.

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL; NYSE:FSL.B) announced today that Alvarion (Nasdaq: ALVR; TASE: ALVR) has chosen Freescale's advanced PowerQUICC III processor for a WiMAX base station designed to support both fixed and mobile broadband connectivity.

Tel Aviv-based Alvarion is a supplier of broadband wireless access (BWA) solutions based on the 802.16-2004 and 802.16e standards for WiMAX systems.

Worldwide interoperability for microwave access (WiMAX) is a technology based on the IEEE 802.16 air interface standard and the ETSI HiperMAN wireless metropolitan area network (MAN) standard. WiMAX technology has the capacity to deliver sufficient bandwidth for seamless mobility and triple-play services, including high-speed data, toll-quality voice and multimedia content.

Currently, WiMAX provides last-mile broadband access and backhaul for carrier infrastructure, enterprises and Wi-Fi hotspots and will support personal broadband connectivity in the future. WiMAX is designed to provide high-capacity symmetric digital subscriber line (SDSL) access to businesses and the equivalent of cable/ADSL access for home users. WiMAX enables scalable, carrier-class solutions to support thousands of users with a single base station, while providing differentiated service levels.

Alvarion is currently developing mobile WiMAX solutions targeting the emerging IEEE 802.16e standard to provide personal broadband services.

Motorola subsidiary Freescale Semiconductor is based in Austin, Texas, and has operations in more than 30 countries, including Herzliya, Israel.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on Tuesday, September 20, 2005

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