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October 21, 2010

Franklin Wireless Launches New WiMAX USB Modem

By Trupti Kamath
TMCnet Contributor

Franklin Wireless, a provider of dual-mode WiMAX (News - Alert) and CDMA modems for 3G and 4G wireless broadband data communications, launched its new U310 single-mode WiMAX USB modem, which will be made available immediately to Franklin's customers on a worldwide basis. The U310 modem supports Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Linux and Mac OS X.

“While Franklin Wireless (News - Alert) has enjoyed tremendous success with its dual-mode WiMAX/CDMA USB modems, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new U310 WiMAX only device,” stated OC Kim, president of Franklin Wireless in a statement. “As WiMAX networks continue to be rolled out, offering a WiMAX only USB modem adds an important new device to Franklin Wireless' growing portfolio of high speed wireless products.”

This high-speed device is sleek, compact and features a 270-degree rotating hinge, antenna TX diversity and can be used with an external antenna. The product will operate over both 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz frequency bands. The U310 is easy to use and features both a web-based and standard user interface, which the company believes is a first for a USB modem in the US.

Franklin Wireless, which is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of high speed wireless data products including 3G and 4G modems, routers and modules, is currently focused on widely deployed cellular technologies like CDMA EVDO Rev A, HSPA, WiMAX and LTE (News - Alert).

The company claims to be the world's first supplier of both CDMA EVDO Rev A and dual-mode Universal Serial Bus (USB) modems. Franklin's other products include Wi-Fi "hotspot" routers (which operate over WiMAX or CDMA networks) and wireless modules that are generally sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Earlier this month, the company announced that it will be introducing its new M600W embedded module, which features a Mini PCI (News - Alert) express card form factor designed to be integrated into laptops, netbooks, portable media players, E-books, tablets and machine-to-machine products that operate over WiMAX networks.

Trupti Kamath is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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