Smart Antenna Alliance formed to address WiMAX

Navini, Beceem, Fujitsu and Runcom announced the formation of the "Smart Antenna RF Test" Alliance (SMART) which is designed to promote beamforming and beamformed MIMO, technology included in the mobile WiMAX Wave 2 standard.

"The capacity and coverage benefits of combining beamforming with MIMO are very compelling offering up to double the capacity with twice the coverage of non-beamformed systems," said Sai Subramanian, Navini's vice president of product management. "This Alliance ensures broad availability of CPE devices that have full capability of beamforming and beamformed MIMO."

The SMART Alliance plans to publish a system performance baseline for the smart antenna features adopted by the WiMAX Forum for the 802.16e mobile WiMAX standard.

For more about the SMART Alliance:
- read this article from Mobile Broadband News