Novatel 4G WiMAX MiFi and "wearable mobile devices" coming2010.02.26 10:28 by Daniela
Keywords: Novatel, WiMAX, MiFi, 4G
Interesting news out of Novatel Wireless today, with the company announcing not only that they've completed testing a new, WiMAX version of their popular MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hostpot, but that they're seemingly experimenting with wearable mobile devices. The new 4G WiMAX MiFi apparently achieved 18Mbps throughput, with a theoretical peak of over 30Mbps downlink and 10Mbps uplink.
As for the wearable electronics, Novatel have signed up to use Qualcomm's latest range of so-called "Wearable Mobile Device modules". The two modules offer 1X and 1X EVDO Rev.A connectivity, along with Bluetooth, GPS and an accelerometer, and have USB 2.0 connectivity as well; Novatel have not revealed what plans they have for the two devices – the thought of a wearable MiFi-style hotspot with voice capabilities that you could clip to your lapel or integrate into a wristwatch spring to mind – but Qualcomm expressly designed them for "very small form factor devices."
No timescale for a 4G WiMAX MiFi release, but given Sprint have already launched one such model, the Overdrive by Sierra Wireless, we'd wager they’re hurrying to get it to market. As for any wearable devices, that seems likely to be further down the line again.
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