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Proxim Corp. said Thursday that it plans to ship fixed and portable versions of WiMax technology next year through a partnership with Intel.

Intel, which is developing WiMax (or IEEE 802.16) silicon for shipment later this year, said it will work with Proxim to develop bases stations based on the technology early next year, then develop portable solutions for shipment later in the year.

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Also as part of the collaboration, the companies will co-develop a reference design for WiMax customer-premise equipment using the 802.16a.d specification. Intel will develop solutions for the customer-premise architecture, while Proxim will design the embedded software that will allow carriers to add features like roaming to their networks. The two firms will also co-develop 802.16e standards for mobile WiMax deployments.

“We as an industry are headed toward the ‘broadband wireless era,’ and WiMax will play a key role in delivering on our vision,” said Scott Richardson, general manager of Intel’s broadband wireless division, in a statement. “The next wave is about portability, with people wanting access anywhere. Together, Intel and Proxim will enable people around the globe to use emerging services and content in their homes, businesses, and on the road.”

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