Beceem, M-Skylink proffer reference design for USB WiMAX modems

WiMAX chip provider Beceem and software developer M-Skylink introduced a "retail ready" reference design platform the companies said will enable vendors to quickly develop USB-based WiMAX modems.

The platform offers a complete, turnkey design based on Beceem's BCSM350 4G-WiMAX chip with a connection manager, device authentication and management software package provided by M-Skylink. The reference platform will support the WiMAX Forum's profile 1.0 specification, while M-Skylink's connection manager is based on common API specifications to enable open development and interoperability.

"The first wave of 4G-WiMAX devices was purchased by service providers who sold them to their subscribers, but the open channel devices enabled by the Beceem and M-Skylink's 'retail-ready' platform should drive further expansion of the 4G-WiMAX device ecosystem by providing an easy-to-productize platform that allows device innovation at low cost," said Lars Johnsson, vice president of marketing and business development for Beceem in a article.

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