SkyCross, a global wireless company providing antenna-centric RF solutions, announced a partnership with Beceem Communications to provide complete, integrated WiMAX solutions for last-mile broadband connectivity.

The bundling of Beceem chipsets and SkyCross antennas provides superior performance while shortening and simplifying the design process to reduce time to market and associated costs. The convenient, one-stop RF solution is versatile, providing device manufacturers with the freedom to enable WiMAX on a wide range of mobile platforms.

The partnership brings together two leading innovators in the developing WiMAX market. Beceem commercially offers a chipset solution suitable for mobile, portable and fixed applications for the approved IEEE 802.16E standard. SkyCross designed and manufactured the first antennas for Samsung PC cards sold in South Korea for WiBro, a WiMAX-compliant offering.

Together, the two companies offer unparalleled commercial experience in the rapidly growing WiMAX market worldwide.

"The combined offering from Beceem and SkyCross sets an industry benchmark for high performance and low power consumption for WiMAX systems," said David Patterson, vice president of marketing at Beceem Communications. "We are pleased to offer an optimized solution with SkyCross, a fellow pioneer in the WiMAX market."

"This partnership is an important strategic step as SkyCross extends its position in the WiMAX arena," said Chris Morton, CEO of SkyCross. "We are delighted to partner with Beceem to provide superior products during this crucial market stage."