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Magnolia rolls out dual-antenna platform

May 12, 2003 12:36 PM EST

CLINTON, N.J.—With a product that hopes to put the company on collision course against titans Nokia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc., start-up Magnolia Broadband Inc. has rolled out a dual-antenna platform product, known as DiversityPlus, for CDMA-based cell phones.

The company said it is partnering with major handset makers to push the technology, and two carriers, one in the United States and the other in Asia, are trialing the product.

The product varies from the offerings by Nokia and Qualcomm because Magnolia antenna technology offers both receive and transmit, while the big names offer only receive, claimed the company. Magnolia’s technology also offers voice, while the others offer only data.

“Operators can provide better coverage, significantly improved data throughput [and] extended battery life, while enjoying increase in capacity without resorting to expensive improvements,” said the company.

The product will cover not only CDMA IS-95, but also cdma2000 and W-CDMA technologies.

“Magnolia is creating a quantum leap for the wireless industry by enabling service providers to deliver needed improvements in quality of service to their customers on an individual basis,” said Haim Harel, chief executive officer at Magnolia.

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