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January 19, 2009

NEC Collaborates with ArrayComm for Enhanced WiMAX Solutions

By Jai C.S.
TMCnet Contributor

NEC Corporation, a provider of Internet, broadband network, and enterprise business solutions, have just signed a collaboration agreement with ArrayComm, a provider of multi-antenna signal processing (MAS) software for wireless systems, to develop new WiMAX (News - Alert) products including ArrayComm’s A-MASTM multi-antenna signal processing software.
This collaboration between the two companies is aimed at offering innovative WiMAX base station products beginning mid-2009. Moreover, NEC’s (News - Alert) customers will also enjoy a great benefit of these products at a more reduced cost.
“The collaboration with ArrayComm (News - Alert), a global leading provider of MAS software solutions, is essential in enhancing NEC’s WiMAX base station products, which offer improved radio network economics to mobile operators around the world,” said K. Jay Miyahara, chief engineer, Mobile Network Operations Unit of NEC.
“NEC is committed to continuously enhancing our base station performance by adopting ArrayComm's leading-edge MAS solutions in order to deliver differentiated wireless broadband experience through gains in coverage and data rates," said Miyahara.
NEC Corporation belongs to the NEC Group and it overseas the integrated IT / Network Solutions (News - Alert) business of the group. NEC’s flexible PasoWings base station delivers complete mobility and high quality of service and is comprised of subscriber terminals (CPE) such as PCMCIA cards that are inserted into PCs; wireless access products such as base stations and antennas, and application servers such as user authentication servers or user positional information management servers.
With the established PasoWings platform, NEC brings development, manufacturing, system integration, and field installation expertise into the joint effort.
“NEC’s clear leadership, experience and leading edge PasoWings product line create a significant opportunity for both companies,” said Bruce Duysen (News - Alert), president of ArrayComm.
ArrayComm’s multi-antenna signal processing (MAS) software products are designed to integrate easily into the baseband processing layer of common architectures for wireless client devices and base stations in any wireless protocol.
A-MASTM offers a unique combination of Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (MIMO) and adaptive interference cancellation that can basically enhance WiMAX economics with improved range, capacity, and throughput.
ArrayComm will contribute by jointly developing the physical layer of the OSI model (PHY) software with integrated A-MASTM.
Duysen also mentioned that NEC’s modularized software and hardware development approach has eased the integration of ArrayComm’s A-MASTM software.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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