Motorola to license its WiMAX chipset-based radio reference design and essential WiMAX IP to enable a broad ecosystem of devices for consumers
Announces first radio reference design licensing agreement with Enfora, a leading wireless networking solution provider
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 11 -- Mobile World Congress 2008 -- A global leader in wireless broadband solutions, Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today affirmed its commitment to enable an industry-wide ecosystem of WiMAX-enabled mobile devices by announcing it will license its mobile WiMAX chipset based radio reference design, Motorola WTM1000 (WiMAX Terminal Modem), to third parties. Uniquely designed to deliver ultra-high-speed functionality through thin devices, Motorola's WiMAX chipset modem solution is optimized for size and low power consumption to further connect consumers around the globe with mobile wireless broadband.
As part of this program, Motorola also plans to offer essential IP licenses for Motorola's portfolio of WiMAX patents to third parties.
Through this initiative, Motorola demonstrates its commitment to WiMAX technology leadership by driving penetration of the technology through module designers and manufacturers, making it accessible to a wider ecosystem of consumer electronics manufacturers. The program is a significant milestone in accelerating the proliferation of WiMAX into a wider consumer base.
"Motorola is strongly committed to delivering industry-leading WiMAX solutions for the next generation of mobile wireless broadband," said Gary Koerper, Vice President, Platform Planning and Systems Architecture, Motorola. "By licensing our WTM1000 chipset modem solution and essential IP to partners, we hope to foster the development of great new mobile WiMAX devices and applications across the industry."
Motorola is joined in this initiative by Enfora Inc., a leader in wireless networking solutions for location-based, monitoring and control and asset management applications. As Motorola's first WiMAX reference design licensee, Enfora plans to integrate the Motorola WTM1000 solution into its intelligent modules and integrated platforms that are part of its suite of eWiDE(TM) wireless networking solutions.
"Increasingly, our customers are asking for embedded WiMAX solutions to take advantage of next generation mobile broadband data delivery speeds," said Jeff Newman, Chief Strategy Officer, Enfora. "Our license to Motorola's WTM1000 reference design provides us with the flexibility to quickly expand our wireless networking portfolio with WiMAX-enabled devices."
In addition, the WTM1000 chipset-based radio is scheduled to debut in Motorola's line-up of WiMAX mobile devices for various carriers around the world, including Sprint Xohm.
"As a leading provider of WiMAX services, Sprint is highly supportive of efforts that help extend WiMAX technology throughout the industry," said Bin Shen, Vice President, Broadband, Sprint. "We view Motorola's licensing initiative as a significant step forward in broadening the market opportunity and ensuring a wide array of WiMAX-enabled devices are available for consumers when our Xohm service goes live later this year."
Experience Motorola WiMAX at Mobile World Congress
Motorola's full suite of WiMAX solutions -- including the WTM1000 chipset and radio reference modem -- will be on display in the Motorola booth (#8a159) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 11-14, 2008.
Motorola WiMAX Leadership
Motorola is involved in more than 60 WiMAX engagements, including 47 active trials, with customers in more than 41 countries around the world and has contracts with 17 of them for commercial WiMAX systems. Information on Motorola's global WiMAX activity can be found at: http://www.firstcommunicate.com/motorola/wimax/w70814/worldTour/
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications. The company develops technologies, products and services that make mobile experiences possible. Our portfolio includes communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility solutions, digital set-tops, cable modems, mobile devices and Bluetooth accessories. Motorola is committed to delivering next generation communication solutions to people, businesses and governments. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.6 billion in 2007. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit http://www.motorola.com/.
Enfora is a leading provider of wireless networking solutions that enable enterprises to access, analyze and leverage information from their geographically dispersed assets. Our solutions, consisting of embedded wireless software, wireless modules, integrated products and enterprise software, are based on our distributed intelligent architecture that provides a valuable link between an enterprise and its remote assets. Enterprises deploy our solutions for location-based, monitoring and control, and asset management applications. For more information, please visit http://www.enfora.com/.
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or Lee Lanucha of Enfora,
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