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WiMAX base stations to run Linux

Feb 01, 2009, 03:02 (0 Talkback[s])

"The PureWave WiMAX/LTE base stations will combine the functionality of a traditional macro base station with the small footprint and lower pricing of pico base stations, claims PureWave. Designed for outdoor installations, the base stations will be mountable on towers, poles, or walls, says the company.

"The base stations are said to incorporate adaptive beamforming technology that optimizes spectral efficiency, data throughput, and range. Beamforming is a signal processing technique used by sensor arrays to offer directional signal transmission or reception, and adaptive beamforming is said to better adapt to different transmission conditions.

"The small form-factor systems are based on an undisclosed Freescale processor, and use a Freescale Linux distribution, which the company expects will ship with a Linux 2.6.24 kernel. The design may well incorporate Freescale's multi-core, PowerPC-based PowerQuicc III "MPCxxxx" networking processors, or else its new PowerQuicc heir, the QorIQ."

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