When it comes to 4G technologies, there are two competing
has potential to
be more prevalent long-term once Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile all
deploy the technology, Sprint and Clearwire's WiMAX offering has a head start
since it's already available. Thanks to a new chip that's being developed from
Beceem and Motorola
however, you may never have to choose one type of technology over the other.
Beceem makes the WiMAX chips inside "every device in
Clearwire's network." The company is working with Motorola to pair Motorola's
4G WiMAX infrastructure with Beceem's upcoming BCS500 4G chip. The 4G modem
that will result will be able to handle both LTE and WiMAX. As an added
benefit, the new modem will be able to move seamlessly between both standards
to provide the best connectivity possible. The new dual-mode chips are
scheduled to start sampling later this year and reach mass production by early
Beceem and Motorola Accelerate Availability of 4G Chip Solution
Collaborative Effort Will Enhance Product Performance
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile World
Congress -- Beceem Communications, the leading provider of 4G chips, and
Motorola announced today that both companies are working together to pair
Motorola's advanced 4G WiMAX infrastructure with Beceem's upcoming BCS500 4G
The BCS500 4G chip supports WiMAX 16e and 16m as well as UE
Class 4 LTE capabilities in both the TDD and FDD configurations, including
plans for handoff between WiMAX and LTE. The optimization of TDD and FDD
coexistence for LTE is important for many operators with disparate spectrum
holdings. This WiMAX chip is expected to be the first to support TDD and FDD
flavors for LTE with future plans for LTE-to-WiMAX roaming.
"The know-how gained during the development and
deployment of our leading 4G WiMAX solution has contributed to our work with
Beceem to offer this advanced chipset solution," said Bruce Brda, senior
vice president, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions and Networks business.
"We look forward to the opportunities provided by this capability to
address market demand."
"Our 4G-WiMAX chips are powering every device in
Clearwire's network, and we would not have been able to achieve this level of
performance and market success without our collaboration with Motorola,"
said Babu Mandava, CEO of Beceem Communications. "We are pleased to enter
the 4G-LTE market later this year with our new BCS500 4G-LTE/WiMAX chip that
will become the performance benchmark of the 4G industry."