New WiMAX chip supplier delivers an advanced SoC with an Integrated Supply Chain approach that provides best Price/Performance products
FREMONT, Calif. and BEIJING -- Sept. 10, 2007 -- ApaceWave Technologies, a developer of high-performance baseband processors for the global WiMAX industry, announced its APW-2000 Mobile Station System-on-a-Chip (SoC) at the WiMAX Summit in Beijing.
The APW-2000 is a high-performance, low-power, mobile WiMAX baseband SoC containing PHY, MAC, embedded CPU, and multiple data interfaces. Supported by powerful mobile station software, the SoC requires a minimum of external components to create WiMAX modems for CPE's, PC Cards, USB adapters, and portable handheld devices.
Based on ApaceWave's IP portfolio of over 20 patents, the APW-2000 architecture and algorithms were engineered for low-power, high data rate, and exceptional performance under full-mobility channel conditions.
The APW-2000 supports all 802.16 mobile WiMAX Wave 2 features, including MIMO Matrix A & B, and Beam Forming.
"ODMs (Original Design Manufacturers) face the challenge of reducing overall costs as markets mature," said Gwong-Yih Lee, CEO of ApaceWave Technologies. "ApaceWave proactively aligned product features and support with these pressing ODM needs. This unique focus, combined with top-performance technology, makes ApaceWave's SoC a true lowest-total-cost solution."
With R&D facilities in both the US and China, ApaceWave combines its industry-leading WiMAX technology with a strategy of serving the ODM sector through product features and local expert support to ease manufacturing challenges.
"ApaceWave understands the ODM model and their long-term mass production needs," said Kevin Xu, VP of Business Development and Product Marketing for ApaceWave. "We have demonstrated our technology to large ODMs, and they have expressed interest in working with us to evaluate our SoC and reference designs when our chip becomes available."
ApaceWave validated the APW-2000 design using a sophisticated FPGA board which they tested at Plugfest #3 in France, and on which they have successfully demonstrated streaming video, voice, data, and MIMO operation.
"Despite the buzz surrounding WiMAX, the real opportunity is likely to develop over the next several years," said Peter Jarich, Research Director with Current Analysis. "If the ecosystem develops as planned and scale ramps, the field of vendors will naturally narrow and ODMs will become a critical leverage point. Any company hoping to succeed in the market will need to plan for this eventuality."
APW-2000 samples and reference design kits will be available Q1 2008.
About ApaceWave Technologies
ApaceWave Technologies is a WiMAX SoC developer, strategically positioned to enable global market adoption of WiMAX devices through technology leadership and close alignment with industry and manufacturing partner needs. Backed by tier one venture capitalists from Silicon Valley and Greater China, ApaceWave is under the leadership of seasoned executives who are committed to deliver best price-performance WiMAX devices and reference designs. ApaceWave is headquartered in Fremont, CA with R&D offices in Beijing China. Please visit http://www.apacewave.com.