Posted by: Ihlwan Moon on November 7, 2006
Predicting a boom in next-generation wireless services, Korea’s Samsung Electronics on November 7 rolled out a portable gadget (shown above) designed to let users talk, surf the Web and watch TV all at the same time, using just one technology. The terminal, called MIT (or mobile intelligent terminal), is capable of handling voice and data for text, images and videos. Using the Mobile WiMAX technology standard, an evolution from WiMAX, it allows TV viewing and data transmission from a car moving at speeds up to 100 km per hour.
When folded down, the MIT is 14.3 centimeters wide and 9.4 cm long and just under 3 cm deep. The screen, measuring 5 inches in diameter, will be hidden in between the foldable, normal-sized QWERTY keyboard. The MIT, which runs on Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system and is equipped with 1 GHz CPU and a 30-gigabyte hard disk drive, is expected to be commercially available from next March at around $1,000. The technology also allows ultra-fast wireless Internet access on a PC or a PDA.
Users of Mobile WiMAX network could download data at a speed of up to 1 gigabit per second when stationed and 100 megabit per second on a moving vehicle. Sprint Nextel of the U.S. announced in August that it would invest as much as $3 billion in a fourth-generation wireless broadband network using the Mobile WiMAX technology by 2008. Korea, which began offering commercial services of Mobile WiMAX in limited areas, plans to expand the coverage to all of Seoul by early next year and across the nation a year later.