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Moto's New Puppy

2:45 PM -- SAN FRANCISCO -- Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)'s event hasn't gotten to the demos yet. CIO Patty Morrison is talking about how Motorola applies its own wireless philosophy -- namely, that the entire network is eventually becoming wireless.

A pic from the demo stations: What you don't see is the AP-7131 access point, the new three-radio product that's a star of the show. I went for the product that had the lighter background behind it.

The AP-7131 -- nicknamed the "Puppy" by Sujai Hajela, the company's vice president of enterprise wireless LAN -- was working in Motorola's labs a year ago. The company held back the launch to make sure the Puppy could handle mesh networking and Motorola's adaptive access point technology, and to give it WiMax backhaul support.

Even so, Motorola claims it's the first 3x3 AP for 802.11n on the market.

Here are two of the AP-7131s, side-by-side, from afar. They're flat, bone-white, and rectangular -- and tough to see, because I photographed them edge-on: Things to know about 3x3 MIMO: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: MRVL) recently put out chips for it, and Ruckus Wireless Inc. (in that same link) asserts that it's got a better way. (Nontechnical glance at Ruckus's plans here.)

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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