Even with the surprising variety of wireless broadband technologies available today, Mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e) has established clear advantages in several application areas. In many cases, Mobile WiMAX works alongside other wireless technologies to complete key parts of the data communications infrastructure. Understanding the role of Mobile WiMAX relative to other wireless technologies is critical in making the best choices for delivering the broadband products and services that customers want.

This paper provides an overview of available wireless broadband technologies, as well as an overview of Mobile WiMAX technology. It introduces Fujitsu’s extensive Mobile WiMAX hardware and software resources, including the MB86K21 Mobile WiMAX SoC; an evaluation and development system with software tools; a PC Card reference design; a complete software stack; and one of the smallest Mobile WiMAX radio modules in the industry.