Rev Up Device Sales With Rev. A

Rev Up Device Sales With Rev. A

Sierra Wireless AirCard 595

THE CDMA DEVELOPMENT Group (CDG) wireless trade association announced in October that there are eight CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A mobile broadband devices available on the market today, with three of these devices already being sold at retail locations, prior to commercial deployment of the technology in operator networks.

The early device availability is due to the evolutionary upgrade path for CDMA 2000 and the retention of forward and backward compatibility, according to CDG. CDMA2000 3G technology is deployed by 169 operators in 75 countries, including 49 CDMA2000 1xEVDO systems, serving more than 275 million subscribers. Nearly 1,250 CDMA2000 devices from more than 80 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 280 1xEV-DO Rev. 0 devices.

Novatel Wireless Merlin M720

Among the Rev. A devices, the Sierra Wireless AirCard 595, Novatel Wireless Inc.s Wireless Merlin M720 and Pantech Wireless Inc.s PX500 PC modem cards are already available to dealers. These PC wireless broadband modem devices will provide ubiquitous WAN connectivity and increase average download speeds to 450kbps – 850kbps with bursts up to 3.1mbps and average upload speeds to 300kbps – 400kbps with bursts up to 1.8mbps, six times faster than currently available upload rates. The Rev. A handsets from Toshiba will be available later this year and capable of supporting several advanced features such as BroadCast MultiCast Services, video telephony, high-resolution 3D graphics, and EZ FeliCa mobile commerce services, etc.

Pantech PX500PC modem

More PC cards, USB thumb cards and PC notebooks with Rev. A embedded are expected to become commercially available within the next few months, which is well ahead of schedule. Sony recently announced their plans to embed Rev. A WAN broadband connectivity into their ultraportable VAIO notebooks next year in partnership with Sprint.

EV-DO Rev. A has been enhanced to support delay-sensitive and real-time applications using fast call setup, short transmission time intervals, variable packet length transmissions, fast and efficient management of IP packet headers through compression, fast hybrid automatic repeat requests, incremental redundancy feedback in the uplink, fast and efficient link layer control messaging, QoS, antenna diversity and rapid base station switching (handoffs) controlled by the mobile device.

EV-DO Rev. A Devices
Manufacturer Device Model Device Type (Rev. A)
Novatel Wireless Merlin M720 PC Card
Pantech PX500 PC Card
Sierra Wireless AirCard 595 PC Card
Sierra Wireless AirCard 595U USB Modem (thumb card)
Sierra Wireless AirCard 597E PC Card
Sierra Wireless MC5725(V) PCI Express Mini Card (embedded module)
Toshiba W47T Handset with BCMCS multicasting
Toshiba DRAPE Handset with BCMCS multicasting


Novatel Wireless Inc.
Pantech Wireless Inc.
Sierra Wireless
The CDMA Development Group (CDG)

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