Intel, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks collaborate on global WiMAX interoperability

In an effort to ensure mobile WiMAX wireless product interoperability, Intel, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks are testing interoperability across Intel's forthcoming WiMAX silicon for laptops and mobile Internet devices, Nokia WiMAX devices and Nokia Siemens Networks WiMAX infrastructure equipment.

Nokia will use Intel's WiMAX silicon product, which is codenamed Baxter Peak and designed specifically for mobile Internet and consumer electronic devices, in its forthcoming Nokia N-series Internet Tablets. The tablets will be among the first WiMAX-enabled open Internet devices expected to ship in 2008.

Intel, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks have already started testing their equipment and devices with dozens of other equipment vendors' products for interoperability and conformance with industry standards in Sprint's Herndon, VA, testing labs. Early interoperability testing between multiple industry partners will help to reduce the amount of time required for their respective products to successfully pass through the technical requirements from the WiMAX Forum, accelerating time to market.

Nokia N-series Internet Tablets are based upon the open source Linux operating system to enable both Nokia and Intel's vision of the open Internet — delivering a broadband Internet experience to users on the go. In 2008, this platform, with Intel's Baxter Peak WiMAX silicon, will work on the Sprint Xohm WiMAX network.

Based on the same WiMAX baseband silicon found in Intel's Echo Peak MiniCard module for laptops and ultra-mobile devices, Baxter Peak is optimized for small form factors and low power consumption. It also includes multiple input/output antenna techniques, supporting better reception and faster throughput in challenging environments.

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