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WiMAX Watch: Intel Capital invests in 802.16e developer Beceem

Santa Clara, CA-based Beceem Communications, a provider of chip sets for mobile WiMAX, has received a substantial investment from Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm for Intel. The two companies will work together to strengthen mobile WiMAX. Shahin Hedayat, CEO and co-founder of Beceem, did not mince words. "This collaboration is aimed to accelerate the trial and deployment of mobile WiMAX networks and establish Mobile WiMAX as the highest performance, most spectrally efficient wireless broadband technology available," he said.

Beceem has been an important contributor to the 802.16e standards effort and has also been instrumental in defining the first Mobile WiMAX profile for the WiMAX Forum. The company has demonstrated its prototype chip sets to telecom equipment manufacturers developing and deploying Mobile WiMAX solutions. It has also announced commercial availability of its Mobile WiMAX terminal chip set.

For more on Beceem:
- see this press release
- read this article on the company's 802.16 chip set
- check out Beceem's Web site

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