Moto Preps WiMax & Mobile TV for CES

It's CES time! And Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), trying to get ahead of the press-release pack, today unveiled WiMax customer premises equipment and a device dedicated to mobile TV broadcasts.

The products in question will be shown off at the show in Las Vegas next week, naturally.

The new CPEi 100 is a single data port, 2.5 GHz, WiMax modem designed to sit on a desktop and serve as the interface between a PC and the WiMax network. Motorola has already introduced a number of mobile WiMax CPE units under its MOTOwi4 brand, but this is the smallest yet.

The device, available later this year, will be compatible with the Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) XOHM service and the Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) WiMax offering. Motorola has supply deals with both operators and has been working with Sprint on the "soft launch" of a wireless site in Chicago. (See Sprint Launches WiMax Sites.)

The networking firm is looking beyond the U.S., however. Motorola says it has 15 WiMax contracts and more than 57 WiMax engagements in 38 countries worldwide, including 44 active trials.

Motorola is also planning a driving demonstration of WiMax around Las Vegas while CES is in progress. It hasn't yet revealed much data about the demo but has already demonstrated hand-offs between WiMax base stations at 50 miles per hour in Chicago.

The company is also introducing a wireless mobile TV gadget that supports the live broadcast of programs using the DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld) standard. DVB-H is popular among a number of European carriers and is being tested in several Asian markets.

The DH01 has a 4.3-inch video screen and enough battery life for four hours of playback. Viewers can add memory cards to store 90 minutes of video and pause live TV for up to five minutes.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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