Siemens unveils WiMAX Express Card

Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices (SHC) is expanding its portfolio of WiMAX subscriber devices with an Express Card.

The Gigaset SE68 WiMAX Express Card provides broadband access via computer even when the user is on the road.

The card is based on the IEEE 802.16-2005 standard, complies with the Wave 2 specifications, including MIMO (Multiple Input / Multiple Output) A and B, and supports beam-forming.

The Express Card Gigaset SE68 WiMAX permits mobile broadband access at up to 20Mbps and, as it complies with Wave 2 specifications, is claimed to offer optimal capacity, throughput and network coverage.

The card will be available in the summer of 2008, supporting 2.5 and 3.5 GHz frequency bands. It emulates the computer's idle mode to reduce battery consumption and can work through a USB 2.0 port or a PC Card port with the aid of an adaptor. The accompnaying CD is said to facilitate installation of the software and guides users through the set-up process.