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Air Broadband Communications to Use the Fujitsu WiMAX SoC for Its New WiMAX Access Control Routers and Base Stations

Fujitsu Semiconductor America Inc.

Sunnyvale, CA, January 12, 2006

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) and Air Broadband Communications, Inc., an innovative supplier of wireless switches and management systems for Wi-Fi and WiMAX networks, today announced that Air Broadband has selected the Fujitsu WiMAX System-on-Chip (SoC) for its new wireless IP switch-router implementations for WiMAX Access Control Routers (ACR) and base stations.

The Fujitsu WiMAX SoC, the MB87M3400, was introduced in April 2005 by Fujitsu Microelectronics America, a leading provider of robust wireline and wireless solutions that boost next-generation communications networks. The Fujitsu WiMAX SoC has been designed into a wide range of WiMAX base-station and subscriber-station products in markets around the world.

Air Broadband introduced its PiMAX™ Access Control Router for the WiMAX market at Interop Las Vegas in May 2005. The wireless IP switch-routers, which are based on IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN and IEEE 802.16 WiMAX, provide fast layer 2 and layer 3 roaming and scalability in multi-cell networks, enabling real-time applications and management capabilities. The implementations for PiMAX™ ACR and base station provide the IP mobility, multi-vendor base-stations compatibility, wide scalability and per-flow QoS (MCSQ™) improvements needed for WiMAX deployment.

"The decision by Air Broadband extends the variety of different WiMAX system design wins for the Fujitsu WiMAX SoC, which has become the industry pacesetter for this exciting new broadband wireless technology worldwide," said Keith Horn, FMA’s senior vice president for sales and marketing. "The device has been implemented in base stations, subscriber stations, and wireless mesh networking systems. We are very pleased that Air Broadband has now selected the Fujitsu WiMAX SoC for its innovative WiMAX Access Control Routers."

"The Fujitsu WiMAX SoC is an excellent design choice for our PiMAX™ ACR and base station," said Kenneth Kang, president of Air Broadband Communications. "This versatile, flexible device provides all the performance and capabilities required for our PiMAX™ Series products, which are positioned as IP networks equipment rather than CDMA-like equipment in areas of both price and interoperability."

Air Broadband is promoting interoperability among different base stations as well as ACRs. The company's antenna profiling technique allows operators to mix and match different base stations in the same region for any particular preference in performance and price.

About Air Broadband Communications

Air Broadband Communications, Inc. is an innovative company in the wireless networking sector offering a comprehensive line of wireless switches and management system for enterprise and public WLAN (IEEE 802.11) and WiMAX (IEEE 802.16) networks. Air Broadband offers cutting-edge wireless switches and routers that enable MCSQ(TM). Visit the Air Broadband web site at www.airBB.com.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and other markets throughout North and South America. As a founding and board member of the WiMAX Forum™, Fujitsu supports the standards development and compliance programs that are essential to successful Broadband Wireless deployment. Fujitsu provides performance-driven WiMAX solutions by leveraging the company's experience and expertise in the networking and communications markets. Fujitsu offers flexible WiMAX SoC and reference designs for WiMAX-certifiable systems to equipment vendors. For more product information, please visit the company's web site at http://us.fujitsu.com/micro/WiMAX or please address e-mail to inquiry.bwa@fma.fujitsu.com

Press Contact - FMA

Emi Igarashi

Phone: Phone: 408-737-5647
E-mail: E-mail: eigarash@fma.fujitsu.com
Company:Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.


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Date: January 12, 2006
City: Sunnyvale, CA
Company: Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc., Air Broadband Communications, Inc.