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Appeared on: Thursday, October 05, 2006
NXP Semiconductors launches WiMAX transceiver

The new family of NXP WiMAX transceivers minimizes the need for additional components, reducing design time and speeding up time to market

NXP announced the world's first fully integrated, high-performance WiMAX family of transceivers specifically for mobile and handheld applications. The 2.3 ? 2.4 GHz UXF23480 designed for use within North America and Australia and the 2.5 ? 2.7 GHz UXF23460 for use throughout Taiwan, Japan, North America and Europe are both fully 802.16e compliant and deliver significant benefits, enabling robust terminal designs.

Combining low power consumption, a noise figure of less than three decibels, as well as high adjacent channel rejection, NXP?s high-performance ICs deliver significant benefits to mobile, nomadic and fixed wireless access (FWA) equipment.

"The past year has been extremely significant in the development of WiMAX, and recent trials have demonstrated the system's ability to provide wireless broadband over a vast area," said Ruud van den Brink, marketing manager, RF WiMAX product line, NXP. "As devices become smaller, so do the requirements for smaller components. Fully integrated circuits such as the UXF23480/60 are now essential to enable WiMAX to be incorporated into our customer's new products, as space on the PCB becomes a premium, and the need for additional components needs to be minimized."

Some of the biggest challenges for WiMAX-enabled mobile devices are associated with handover from base station to base station. NXP has developed a high-quality solution which is proven to offer seamless handover. In addition the UXF23480/60 is an interoperable solution which will work with a variety of basebands by utilizing standard analog I/Q and serial interfacing and co-exists with cellular, WLAN and Bluetooth standards.

"NXP's family of WiMAX transceivers will make it easier for design engineers to bring new and inventive products to market. These robust transceivers will enable a wide variety of handheld devices to boost broadband communications. As demand for high-speed broadband access on mobile devices grows, NXP's family of WiMAX transceivers will help manufactures quickly integrate this capability into the next generation of consumer gadgets," said Ruud van den Brink.

The UXF23480/60 is in volume production and is available immediately. Further information on the UXF23480/60 from NXP is available at: http://www.nxp.com/products/rf/wimax/handset/index.html


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