iMAT Antennas Enable the 1st USB Device Certified

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Viera, Fla. — July 22
SkyCross, a global wireless company providing antenna-centric radio-frequency (RF) solutions, announced that the first USB device certified by the WiMAX Forum uses the SkyCross Isolated Mode Antenna Technology (iMAT). The MiMAX Q-series USB dongle is designed by Airspan Networks Inc., a provider of WiMAX-based broadband wireless products.

The MiMAX USB is certified for the 2.5 GHz band and operates in nearly every applicable WiMAX and WiFi frequency from 2 GHz to 5 GHz.

Following months of rigorous testing, the MIMAX device passed the strict WiMAX Forum conformance standards and multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) requirements. Implementing MIMO on a device typically requires multiple antennas. However, today’s small mobile devices do not provide the additional space necessary for these antennas to operate without interfering with each other.

iMAT from SkyCross solves this problem by enabling a single antenna to behave like multiple antennas, each with superior performance, so sleek industrial design is not compromised. This award-winning technology has been recognized by FierceWireless, Portable Design and EE Times.

WIMAX Forum certification ensures confidence in the interoperability of WiMAX products for the 305 service providers deploying WiMAX services in 118 countries worldwide. The “WiMAX Forum Subscriber and User Forecast Study” projects that by 2012 there will be more than 133 million WiMAX users globally, and approximately 70 percent of forecasted WiMAX users will utilize mobile and portable WiMAX devices to access broadband Internet services.

“Airspan has developed a strategic product for the global expansion of WiMAX,” said Joe Gifford, executive vice president of SkyCross. “Not only does the MiMAX device enable WiMAX on any USB 2.0 compatible device from laptops to desktops, but it also covers each frequency allocated for WiMAX around the world, facilitating roaming agreements for operators and making connectivity seamless for users.”

“Our MiMAX device is the first time anyone has attempted to support 2 GHz to 5 GHz in a single WiMAX device, and the innovative iMAT solution from SkyCross provided us a lot of design freedom,” said Ori Hareli, vice president of engineering at Airspan Networks. “As a result, we were able to develop a sleek device with outstanding RF performance across the bands. Certification from the WiMAX Forum reinforces the quality of this solution.”

Certification of this Airspan product marks the beginning of iMAT incorporation into next-generation wireless products. SkyCross announced the patented breakthrough technology in late January.

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