News Briefs – June 30, 2006
FCC approves regional rebanding, seeks comments
The Federal Communications Commission recently approved 700 MHz rebanding regional plans for Region 43 (Wash.) and Region 22 (Minn.), as well as the proposed amendments to the Region 19 (New England) 800 MHz regional plans. The agency currently seeks comments on proposed Region 3 (Ariz.) 700 MHz regional plans, Region 41 (Utah) 700 MHz regional plans and Region 43 (Wash.) 800 MHz regional plans.
Virginia county adopts MobileCop
BIO-Key announced that through its partner, Radio Communication in Glen Allen, Va., it has been award a contract by Brunswick County, Va., to provide mobile data connectivity between dispatchers and the sheriff’s office vehicle fleet using the company’s MobileCop product. This is the third Virginia county to select the product for this use, according to the company.
IEEE releases new book
The IEEE has published a new book, WirelessMAN: Inside the IEEE 802.16 Standard for Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks. The book was written to explain how to apply the WirelessMan technology defined in the IEEE 802.16 broadband wireless access standard and to offer guidance on how to use it to create broadband wireless components, systems and test equipment.
Fujitsu introduces WiMAX System-on-Chip
Fujitsu Microelectronics released its Mobile WiMAX System-on-Chip solution that is compliant with IEEE 802.16 e-2005 mobile WiMAX standards. The system is designed to support frequencies ranging from 2 to 11 GHz in licensed and unlicensed bands and includes an interface for MIMO RF modules, adaptive modulation schemes, 90nm with low-leakage process technology and a small-footprint FBGA package, according to the company.
L-3 Communications lands $37 million military contract
L-3 Communications’ Interstate Electronics Corporation subsidiary was awarded a $37 million contract for Phase I of the U.S. Air Force Modernized USER Equipment Program, sponsored by the Air Force’s NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Joint Program Office. The program will fund the design and development of GPS receiver technology for future military communications.