New vendor touts high-speed wireless technology

Wireless newcomer LinkAir Communications on Monday unveiled technology touted as faster than but compatible with third generation wireless and other mobile networking standards.

Specifically, LinkAir -- a startup company based in both Silicon Valley and Beijing -- unveiled Large Area Synchronised Code Division Multiple Access (LAS-CDMA).

According to LinkAir officials, LAS-CDMA operates at 5.53Mbps vs. current speeds of 14.4Kbps. The new standard will let wireless equipment and networking manufacturers build out wireless platforms more rapidly, those officials claim.

The new standard is compatible with second- and third-generation wireless standards, including GSM, CDMA2000, and W-CDMA, officials said.

The company officially launched last month in China where it was blessed by the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry, which has vowed to develop LAS-CDMA technical specifications.

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