KYOCERA Wireless and Runcom Complete Industry-First MIMO-Powered WiMAX Connection Using Jointly-Developed PC Card
WiMAX antenna technology will provide 4G wireless broadband speeds, enabling a variety of next-generation applications
San Diego, USA and Rishon Lezion, Israel -- (February 9, 2007) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global supplier of CDMA wireless devices and accessories, and Runcom Technologies, the pioneer in OFDMA® enabling technologies for Mobile WiMAX, today announced that they have achieved what is believed to be the first MIMO-powered data connection using innovative WiMAX antenna technology. MIMO-powered WiMAX uses multiple antennas to deliver mobile services three to five times faster than today's wireless broadband cellular networks, and at a much lower cost to carriers.
The MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) data connection was completed in a lab environment using a PCMCIA card from Kyocera Wireless powered by Runcom's WiMAX Matrix-B chipset. This successful test demonstrates the commercial viability of MIMO-powered WiMAX for networks and end-user devices, and the prototype PC card is now in trials with leading infrastructure providers.
"MIMO-powered WiMAX gives us the rare ability to further the paradigm shift in the way carriers and service providers deliver unbridled access to content, creating a whole new mindset about what the mobile user experience should be," said Dave Carey, vice president of strategic planning, Kyocera Wireless Corp. "By extending the bounds of technology, Kyocera Wireless' leadership is enabling a bridge between Runcom and globally-recognized infrastructure providers to make that long-awaited freedom a reality."
MIMO-powered WiMAX addresses the requirements of bandwidth-intensive mobile applications with lower power consumption and without increasing network load and related costs for carriers. It is a significant step beyond current 3G wireless data technologies, making the mobile user experience the same as running secure access enterprise applications in the office, playing graphic-rich interactive games on the home PC, or even watching a favorite show on the living room couch.
"Leading edge WiMAX technology will allow mobile customers to enjoy enhanced communication services without sacrificing the flexibility and dependability that they have come to expect from their devices and networks," said Dr Zion Hadad, CEO, Runcom.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2006, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately 10 billion US dollars (1,181,489 million yen) with net income of approximately 596 million US dollars (69,696 million yen).
About Runcom Technologies
Runcom is a technology company pioneering OFDMA based silicon solutions for User Terminals and Base Stations that comply with the IEEE802.16e-2005 standard for WiBro and Mobile WiMAX applications, Runcom Products include the PHY and MAC communication layers. Runcom RNA200 ASIC was the first Mobile WiMAX compliant ASIC in the Market. For more information, visit Runcom on the Internet: www.runcom.com
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