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Alvarion Mobile WiMAX Solution, 4Motion™, Targeted for Multiple Markets, Now Leverages Texas Instruments Wireless Infrastructure Technology

Flexible TI Technology Enables Alvarion to Quickly Roll Out Advanced BreezeMAX(TM) Products

Apr 5, 2006

LAS VEGAS (April 5, 2006) - Texas Instruments' Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] today announced that Alvarion (NASDAQ: ALVR), the world's leading provider of wireless broadband solutions and specialized mobile networks, has selected the company's portfolio of WiMAX infrastructure technologies as part of its mobile WiMAX solution, 4Motion. Alvarion's BreezeMAX system, the primary building block of 4Motion's radio access network, will leverage TI technology to address the growing demand for mobile broadband wireless technologies, including support for IEEE 802.16e standards, across a broad range of spectrum. These products enable carriers to offer high-performance broadband data, voice and multimedia services over wider coverage areas.
Alvarion's current BreezeMAX WiMAX platform is designed from the ground up according to the IEEE 802.16 standards and uses OFDM technology for advanced non-line-of-sight (NLOS) functionality. Its carrier-class design supports broadband speeds and quality of service (QoS) to enable carriers to offer triple play services to thousands of subscribers in a single base station. Since its launch in mid-2004, Alvarion's BreezeMAX has been successfully deployed in over 150 installations in more than 30 countries around the world.
Alvarion is the first to provide WiMAX equipment incorporating TI's flexible analog and DSP-based infrastructure technology, compliant with the IEEE 802.16e standard and its BreezeMax system is well suited to meet the needs of fixed, portable and mobile wireless broadband applications. Developing products for fixed, portable and mobile WiMAX markets is a key to success in this growing industry, as Forward Concepts estimates that by 2009, sales of WiMAX equipment for both segments will total $2 billion.
"Alvarion works closely with carriers around the world to understand the diverse needs in different regions for delivering 'personal broadband' to everyone, everywhere," said Rudy Leser, corporate vice president, strategy and marketing, Alvarion. "TI's WiMAX products offer us the high-performance and flexibility we need to meet this growing demand for current as well as next generation of services. Alvarion and TI have collaborated on past generations of broadband wireless products, and we are pleased to extend those efforts to the 802.16e market."
TI recently announced its complete solution for the WiMAX market based on its TMS320TCI6482 1GHz DSP, designed for wireless infrastructure applications. The chip is complimented with an advanced software library that reduces product development time, while allowing manufacturers to customize the software and add their own intellectual property. TI's flexible solution supports both fixed and mobile applications across multiple frequency bands, enabling equipment manufacturers to create cost-effective system configurations that can be used for multiple broadband wireless applications.
"We have worked closely with Alvarion to help define the right solution for this growing market and will continue to focus on providing optimized solutions to best meet industry demands," said Sandeep Kumar, worldwide strategic marketing manager with TI's Communications Infrastructure Group. "Our newest mobile WiMAX offering easily integrates with Alvarion's existing infrastructure products, allowing service providers to quickly meet market requirements."
Alvarion will continue to deploy products incorporating TI's WiMAX technology this year.