Even as it announced splitting itself in two, Motorola issued a raft of announcements meant to underline its ability to innovate in a number of communications technology areas.
The company’s Mobile Devices unit introduced a single device that combines a personalized TV, mobile multimedia entertainment and navigation. The Mobile TV DH02 also features a touch-screen interface.
Motorola will also be demonstrating new products in its femtocell portfolio, including its CDMA solution, at CTIA Wireless 2008, to be held April 1-3 in Las Vegas. New products include the company’s first 3G UMTS femtocell CPE announced at Mobile World Congress last month; the CDMA-based femtocell enhances the company’s end-to-end femtocell portfolio.
The company also announced a new common wireless broadband platform that supports both WiMAX 802.16e access points and the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) evolved Node-B (eNodeB). The new common platform is physically smaller than the first-generation WiMAX product, which Motorola said will reduce operators’ deployment and operating costs.
LTE is the 4G successor to UMTS, most commonly implemented using W-CDMA technology. UMTS has been deployed by Rogers in Canada and AT&T in the U.S., and extensively in Europe and Asia.
Motorola also said that it accomplished what it claimed was the first successful packet-switched network handoff between CDMA EV-DO Rev-A (used by Verizon and others in the U.S.) and LTE technologies in a demonstration with VoIP calls and streaming video.
Motorola said its handoff technique illustrates how service providers using CDMA-based networks today can smoothly integrate broadband OFDMA and IP packet-based wireless broadband technologies like LTE into their network, enabling the rollout of more interactive services such as high-definition (HD) mobile blogging and broadcasting, HD video-on-demand (VOD) and online gaming.
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