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Wi-Max chip unit may come up in Mohali

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Mohali may soon be on the world map for Wi-Max chips, as San Diego (US)-based is carrying out a feasibility study to set up a software development unit for the chips.

The company, listed on the Nasdaq, has shortlisted Mohali and looking for space in the area.

Speaking to Business Standard, Next Wave Wireless Director (Software) (Next Wave Mobile Products-Semiconductor Unit) said, "We are looking for space in Mohali to set up our software development unit. As far area and investment are concerned, they are yet to be worked out. Initially we will start with a few people and in future we will ramp up the capacity. The chips will be imported and the software part will be taken care of."

Recently, Amsterdam-based GyPSii, a geo-location and mobile social-networking provider, has zeroed in on Mohali to set up its next development centre.

“We supply the world's leading wireless service providers, consumer electronics product companies, and wireless handset and infrastructure manufacturers with the products, technologies, and network solutions they need to deliver next-generation wireless broadband products and services," he said. The company manufactures Wi-Max Chips called ‘No Compromise’ Chips.

Commenting upon Indian operations, especially in Mohali, he said, "The chip will be imported and the software part of the chip is going to be developed in Mohali. Our product called ‘No Compromise’ Wi-Max Chips consumes less power. Secondly, there is an option of hand-off or hand over, and it also provides mobility. So even if a person moves out and even while roaming, he can stay connected. At the moment, only Reliance is offering this service in Banglore.”

The company is contemplaing to export these chips from Mohali to other parts of the World. On India market, he added, "Initially the technology takes times to establish, however the Indian telecom operators are looking aggressively to offer these services to their subscribers. So in the near future India would be an emerging market for us."

It is worth noting that with over 1,100 professionals in 14 countries, Next Wave Wireless is listed on the Nasdaq and provides many of the largest network operators and mobile device manufactures in the world with cutting-edge products and technologies that enable the rapidly evolving mobile-media ecosystem.

It provides device-embedded multimedia software, media content management platforms, and content delivery services delivered through its PocketVideo subsidiary. It also provides high-performance WiMAX and LTE baseband chipsets and multi-band RFICs.

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