Our Floridian Marconis are on a roll! They've extended a development deal with Cambridge Consultants to create a handset for their xMax wireless data/VoIP standard. From an EE Times report...
"We selected Cambridge Consultants for their expertise in innovative product development, and their ability to get product to market quickly. They have proved to be an excellent fit for development on our first vertical application," said Rick Mooers, Chief Executive Officer of xG Technology. The TX60 will initially be commercially available through independent local operators in the U.S."
Fantastic! Could this be the chance I've been looking for to find someone to talk to me about the reality behind xMax's carefully constructed cone of silence? I don't want to know much, really, a few performance figures that may reflect on actual experiences, or a prediction of such figures, or... you know.
I contacted Cambridge Consultants (a company I've encountered at various points during my career, including working alongside a couple of their bods in the distant past. They're old school). After all, it had also put out a press release saying how wonderful it was to work with xG, with the traditional 'for further details, contact' at the bottom. Grand.
At first, it looked promising. My initial enquiry produced the normal promise of a hook-up with a spokesman: there were some things it couldn't talk about, but in general it was happy to discuss what it was bringing to the party.
Fair enough. I said sure, whatever, and just wondered idly whether CC was doing any of the RF work, or whether it was doing all the non-xMax side of things and leaving xMax itself to xG. I wasn't going to ask anything tricky, like if there aren't any handsets yet what exactly has xG rolled out to the (unknown) ISPs who've got (also unknown) services running to (yes, unknown) customers.
I was happy to talk to CC about whatever it was that CC felt able to talk about.
There was a pause - perhaps long enough for messages to flit across the Atlantic - and then no, sorry, it's probably too early to talk about anything at all, but they'll be happy to do so later. When the time is right. Yet again, an xG-based press release leads only to the brickiest of brick walls.
Come on chaps, I like fab wireless stuff. Why are you hiding? It's getting weirder than a Carl Hiaasen novel.
So, my quest continues. Perhaps I should give up on getting hard technical information, and set a lower, more achievable goal. Like finding an xG-related press release that leads to something -- anything -- more substantial than 'no comment'.
But I'd better get a move on. I'm due to retire in around twenty five years.