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Motorola bows new home networking device, rechargeable remote

Tue, 01/06/2009 - 7:25am
Mike Robuck

Motorola has announced a new all-in-one home networking access device, as well as a rechargeable remote that features a “find” functionality when the remote is misplaced.

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Motorola’s wi4 WiMAX CPEi 775

Motorola’s wi4 WiMAX CPEi 775 features a WiMAX 802.16e modem, a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g router, VoIP ATA ports for voice calls and an Ethernet port. The second-generation CPEi 775 follows Motorola’s CPEi 850.

By incorporating adaptive switching techniques, Motorola said the CPEi 775 doesn’t need to be rotated for optimal signal strength, allowing for easier installation. The Motorola wi4 WiMAX CPEi 775 is WiMAX Forum Wave 2 ready and is currently available in the 3.5 GHz band with support for the 5MHz, 7MHz and 10 MHz bandwidths.

Motorola’s new rechargeable remote was designed for Motorola’s IPTV set-top boxes. The control and its base station are armed with radio frequency (RF) “find” functionality. The press of a switch on the base station triggers an audible tone and flashing light on all remote controls to help lead consumers to a missing remote control.

The remote control is powered by wall sockets, or through the set-top via a USB connection.

Motorola also said today that it will be showing its new three-screen personalization and multimedia merchandising software for IPTV providers at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Motorola’s Communications Convergence Engine (CCE) is the software behind next-generation TV that combines the convenience and ubiquity of classic TV with the control and personalization of the Internet.

Motorola CCE Storefront 1.0 enables IPTV operators to create personalized, on-demand experiences for subscribers, as well as the ability to offer new bundled services, which include multimedia content. The resulting “storefront experience” allows consumers to browse personalized catalogues of content via TV, Web and mobile devices, according to the company.

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