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Archive for April, 2009

WiMAX and/or Satellite

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2009

WiMAX Forum Congress Asia concluded this week in Singapore with over 1,600 in attendance. Equipment provider Samsung reiterated its support for WiMAX unveiling new indoor mobile WiMAX solutions and announced partnerships with 24 major mobile operators in 20 countries. Amid speculation that they were backing off WiMAX, Alcatel-Lucent clarified its position that it is currently […]

Bluetooth: The New Remote Control?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2009

The recently ratified Bluetooth 3.0 specification not only ups the wireless interface’s speed to 25 Mbits per second, but also defines a new function called Unicast Connectionless Data (UCD), putting it in direct competition with the RF4CE (FAQ), the wireless remote control specification that merged last month with the Zigbee Alliance (IEEE 802.15.4) efforts to […]

Craig Settles on Cable Legislation

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2009

Craig Settles, who authored the book, Fighting the Good Fight for Municipal Wireless, and a proponent for municipal broadband network deployments, writes. Sam, I don’t know if you’ve been following this, but in N. Carolina Time Warner and Embarq are trying to get legislation passed that prevents local governments from building broadband networks. If they […]

Acer & Asus: 5M Netbooks last year, 10M in ’09

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2009

Acer, the world’s third largest computer vendor, shipped just over 5 million netbooks last year, and expects to ship 10 million to 12 million netbooks this year, reported the company this week. Asustek, which pioneered netbooks with its popular Eee PCs, shipped 4.9 million units last year, just behind Acer. Acer managed to win the […]

Wireless HDTV Gets Amimon Chips

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 29th, 2009

Amimon announced today the availability of its second generation baseband chipset (AMN 2120/2220), designed for the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) wireless High Definition video standard. It enables uncompressed HD video delivery throughout the home, using the WiFi bands. Hitachi, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and LG Electronics are supporters of this standard. The Wireless Home […]

Motorola Android Near?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 29th, 2009

The Boy Genius Report says Motorola’s first Android-powered handset will be called the Calgary. It appears to have a QWERTY-sliding keyboard and will likely focus on social networking. Open platform Android phones include T-Mobile’s G1, HTC’s Magic, and Samsung’s I7500. Acer is also working on several different Android devices and plans to launch a smartphone […]