Monday, February 15, 2010

Beceem to Build Integrated 4G LTE/WiMAX Chip

Beceem Communications announced plans for a single chip that integrates both LTE and WiMAX technology. The BCS500 multi-mode chip will support the latest revisions of the IEEE 802.16 standard, namely 16e and 16m, as well as the 3GPP-LTE standard, based on Release 8 specifications. It is the only device chip to support UE Class 4 capabilities. In addition, it will support both TDD and FDD configurations for LTE and IEEE 802.16m, even enabling real-time band/channel reconfiguration through a unique multi-mode "autosense" feature that automatically detects the network type. Beceem expects to begin sampling in Q4 2010 with mass production in Q2 2011.