SPOTLIGHT: The water in Israel

It must be something in the water in Israel. Alvarion has long been on the forefront of fixed WiMax developments, and now another Israeli company, Runcom Technologies, is moving to capture the pole position in mobile WiMax. The company was founded in 1997 and in 2000 introduced its proprietary OFDMA technology targeting Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB). OFDMA will be at the heart of 802.16e, so perhaps we should not be surprised that Runcom has signed a deal with Samsung to provide the Korean company with silicon for Samsung's WiBro gear. Runcom has deals with other South Korean companies and is negotiating similar deals in Japan. This week it will release its sample 802.16e SOC for client devices, more than a year ahead of competitors such as Intel. Website | Report

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