CUSTOMER PREMISES EQUIPMENT (CPES) FOR WiMAX
We think WiMAX is a big-screen technology; ask someone else about using it in handsets.
—Ron Peck, Intel Corp.
In 2003, WiFi (802.11) can be said to have made its true debut, when WiFi chips became widely available. Earlier, the computers could only be enabled for WiFi by using PC cards inserted in PCMCIA slots. Within two years, every laptop shipped was WiFi-enabled. However, enabling PDAs with WiFi was still a step away. At this time, WiFi was being embedded in all PCs and laptops using mini-PCI cards or mounting the WiFi-enabling modules. The modules, however, were still too large for the PDAs and cellphones. After the availability of tiny footprint chipsets, WiFi entered the domain of PDAs, cellphones, ...