Get ready for a slew of Motorola press releases over the next week… and no, I’m not talking about the much-anticipated Android announcements. First, from the current parade of conferences, we have news of new Motorola WiMAX products. The company has just launched two new CPE (customer premises equipment) devices and one new WiMAX access point.
On the CPE side are the new CPEi 725 and USBw 200 (pictured right) due out in Q4. Both are upgrades on earlier products that include technology for automatically switching between two antennae depending on which is receiving the stronger signal. The CPEi 725 is a desktop modem with one voice port, very similar to the CPEi 775. The USBw 200 is a PC adapter much like the USBw 100 I carry around, except it uses less power – less than 1.5 watts at peak power.
On the infrastructure side comes the new WAP 650 access point series. Also an upgrade product, the 650 improves on the WAP 450 (currently used in Clearwire deployments) by increasing the network coverage area by fifty percent. Instead of using two transmit and two receive paths like the 450 version, the WAP 650 uses four of each path, with delivery of up to 20W of power through each transmission channel. The new access point is available in the 2.3 GHZ, 2.5 GHz, and 3.5 GHz frequency bands.
I’m expecting to get pics and video demos (WiMAX and LTE) from the show floor at 4G World next week. I’ll post as they arrive.