Intel and Proxim to Deliver Fixed and Portable WiMAX Products
SANTA CLARA, US and LONDON, UK, June 17, 2004 – Intel Corporation and Proxim Corporation (Nasdaq: PROX), today announced a collaboration to develop and deliver WiMAX solutions for fixed and portable broadband wireless access.
The agreement includes the development of base station and subscriber unit access points that deliver fast wireless access for data, voice and video services. WiMAX, known also as IEEE 802.16, is an emerging technology that allows long-range high-speed wireless Internet access, serving both dense metropolitan areas and rural or suburban communities. With its reach and performance, WiMAX is ideally suited to drive the convergence of voice and data solutions along with wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and 3G. This convergence will enable seamless mobility for enterprise and consumer users, obtaining voice and data services no matter where they are – in the office, at home, or on the road.
“We as an industry are headed toward the ‘broadband wireless era’ and WiMAX will play a key role,” said Scott Richardson, general manager of Intel’s Broadband Wireless Division. “The next wave is about portability, with people wanting to get access anywhere. Together, Intel and Proxim will enable people around the globe the opportunity to use emerging services and content in their homes and businesses.”
Initially, the companies will work together on fixed base stations supporting the 802.16a, revision d specification as well as customer premise equipment for fixed wireless networks. As part of the collaboration, Proxim will co-develop a reference design for WiMAX CPE equipment. The reference design will help CPE designers come to market more quickly, assisting in the deployment of WiMAX networks.
Additionally, the Proxim Tsunami MP.16 base station will employ Intel 802.16 silicon. These initial base-stations can be deployed as a cost-effective alternative for enterprise and service providers looking to provide high-speed broad reach access to their customers.
WiMAX for Portability
Intel and Proxim will also work together to develop base stations based on the emerging 802.16e specification designed to enable broadband wireless portability. Portability will enable powerful new applications, and will be ideal for global service providers and carriers looking to introduce advanced data services.
“Proxim strongly believes in both the technological and market potential of WiMAX and particularly portable implementations of WiMAX,” said Kevin Duffy, chief operating officer at Proxim Corporation. “We are pleased that Intel has chosen to work with Proxim to address this most exciting prospect for WiMAX technology. We will work closely with Intel to bring industry-leading WiMAX solutions to market, and to drive market adoption both at the system and client level.”
Upon development, Proxim will target traditional wireless carrier and enterprise customers looking to provide their users with cost-effective broadband wireless solutions. Proxim will include its core wireless software capabilities that enable subscriber roaming, increased subscriber support and dynamic bandwidth management. Intel will provide the base station architecture, including the hardware and software components, as a reference design for other WiMAX equipment makers to enable them to quickly build and bring products to market.
Proxim plans to deliver its fixed WiMAX-certified broadband wireless solution in early 2005, and the mobility WiMAX-certified solution in late 2005. Shipment of any WiMAX Forum Certified product is dependent on the start of interoperability and Certification testing, which is currently scheduled to begin in late 2004.
Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.
Proxim Corporation is a global leader in wireless networking equipment for Wi-Fi and broadband wireless networks. The company is providing its enterprise and service provider customers with wireless solutions for public hot spots, voice and data backhaul, enterprise campuses, security and surveillance, broadband wireless access and mobile professionals. This press release and more information about Proxim can be found on the Web at www.proxim.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from Proxim’s expectations in these statements. For additional information regarding risks relating to Proxim's business, see Proxim Corporation's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 2, 2004, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other relevant materials filed by Proxim with the SEC. Proxim assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.
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