Monday, March 24, 2008

Motorola Expands OFDM-based Access Points

Motorola has expanded its Canopy wireless broadband system with the introduction of the 400 series of access points and subscriber modules in the 5.4 GHz spectrum. The Canopy 400 series uses Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology to provide improved near-line of sight (nLOS) and non-line of sight (NLOS) coverage, allowing service providers and enterprise network owners to extend broadband network coverage into urban areas where obstructions and foliage have limited system expansion. The modules offer higher throughputs, up to 21Mbps, and extended range, accompanied with GPS synchronization to mitigate self interference. The Canopy 400 series modules, part of the MOTOwi4 Fixed Point-to-Multipoint portfolio, are now available in Europe, Middle East and Africa and soon in Latin America. North America availability is pending final FCC certification.

Motorola said that by leveraging OFDM technology in the access and backhaul layers, the Canopy 400 series significantly enhances overall network performance and reach enabling such applications as high speed data transfer, video surveillance, VoIP, and gaming to subscribers who were not previously reachable.