Motorola announces USBw 100, world’s first WiMAX USB adaptor for laptops
Today, apparently, is a day of firsts. Just as the world’s first Android-powered handset, the T-Mobile G1, was announced, Motorola chimed in with a world first of their own. Only Motorola is targetting a different market altogether.
Motorola’s new product, interestingly, isn’t a mobile phone, and as a matter of fact has nothing to do with handsets in general. Instead, it will be an accessory for laptops that will provide users with high-speed wireless broadband connections. It’s the world’s first WiMAX USB adapter, and is called the Motorola USBw 100.
The Motorola USBw 100 comes in the size of a regular thumb drive (pictured here) and will be available in three versions – 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.5 GHz – to connect to WiMAX networks in all three bands approved for use around the world. And it should be compatible with just about every laptop that’s ever been produced within the last five years, at least, since it plugs in through ordinary USB ports.
Motorola says it will seamlessly connect laptops to WIMAX broadband networks, giving users a reliable, easy, high-speed connection for e-mail, web surfing, video and audio streaming, GPS services, Internet phone calls and other uses. Availability is slated for Q4 2008, but they haven’t been keen to reveal the official pricing yet.