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Beceem Develops Dual-Mode WiMAX/LTE Chip

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Beceem Communications says that it has upgraded one of its platforms to support multi mode operation of WiMAX and LTE, including live handoffs between the two technologies. The BCSi500 has the ability to automatically detect the network type and switch between WiMAX and LTE through a unique multi mode "autosense" feature. In addition the BCSi500 is also the world's first and currently only chip designed to reach up to 200Mbps peak throughput in a 20MHZ LTE network.

The company said that network operators could deploy its platform and use WiMAX revenue to begin funding their future LTE upgrades.

"The dual-mode WiMAX/LTE capability of Beceem's BCS500 has the potential to be a gamechanger in the BWA sweepstakes in India," said Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Rethink Technology Research Associates, a thought leader in quadruple play and emerging wireless technologies. "The WiMAX-to-LTE upgrade strategy makes the immediate deployment of a WiMAX network the smart choice for India."

Beceem currently expects to make BCSi500 samples available to customers in the first quarter of next year. Commercial shipping dates were not disclosed.

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