Although the WiMAX rollout here in the U.S. is slow, it is moving along. Just last week, Clearwire added service to 10 new markets. Of course, you need hardware to connect to that fast, wireless network and Motorola just happens to have you covered. The company has a new USB adapter, the USBw 200, which supports WiMAX on three frequencies — 2.3, 2.5, and 3.5GHz. Drivers for the adapter are stored on the device itself, so there’s no need for any installation media on a Windows XP or Vista computer.
Motorola is also touting energy efficiency with the USBw 200, which draws less than 1.5 watts at peak power. The company expects to have the new adapter available by the fourth quarter of this year, which is just around the corner. There are no details on pricing, but like most wireless broadband adapters, the cost is likely to be subsidized by the service provider.