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Sequans 802.16e mobile WiMAX chips now available
Posted: 10-Oct-2006 [Source: Boston, WiMAX World USA 2006]

[Sequans announces availability of its 802.16e mobile WiMAX chip, the SQN1110,.]

SEQUANS Communications, a leading supplier and developer of fixed and mobile WiMAX semiconductor solutions, announced the general availability of its 802.16e mobile WiMAX chips. The Sequans solutions will be officially unveiled and operating live at WiMAX World USA, October 10-12 at the Boston World Trade Center. The mobile station chip, the SQN1110, features the industry's lowest power consumption, drawing a mere 350mW of power, and delivers a throughput of more than 10 Mbps. The chip integrates both physical (PHY) and media access control (MAC) layers and offers WiMAX consumer device manufacturers the functionalities necessary to achieve WiMAX Forum certification.

"We are very pleased by the performance of the SQN1110 chip," said Bernard Aboussouan, Sequans VP of marketing and business development. "We plan to demonstrate through upcoming trials with our partners that WiMAX is a strong alternative to 3GPP and 3GPP2 proposed enhancements, and that Sequans silicon offers the best foundation possible for the development of low cost, highly efficient broadband mobile networks."

Sequans has developed a reference design combining its SQN1110 baseband with the MAX2837 RFIC from Maxim. The solution is fully tested and includes all drivers as well as support for calibration and manufacturing. The combined Sequans/Maxim solution is first appearing in PCMCIA cards that will be on display at WiMAX World Forum, operating in the 2.3-2.7 GHz frequency band. A 3.5GHz solution will be available in November. Sequans and its OEM/ODM partners and customers are planning to release additional devices, including PCI Express mini cards, ExpressCards, USB dongles, SDIO modules, fixed CPEs, and mobile handsets in the near future.

Through their close technical cooperation Sequans and Maxim have brought to market the best performing WiMAX mobile station chipset available in the industry today. The Maxim chip is a low power, single-chip Zero-IF RF transceiver, which draws only 240mW in active receive mode and 340mW in active transmit mode (at 0dBm output). The single-chip solution eliminates an expensive, bulky IF SAW filter found on existing solutions today. Sequans chose Maxim as its first mobile WiMAX RF partner because of its unparalleled expertise and mastery of advanced radio techniques such as Zero-IF, which results in superior performance, small size, and lowest overall cost of RF bill of material (BOM).

Sequans will also be demonstrating at WiMAX World its SQN2110-RD base station reference design. Both mobile station and base station reference designs were tested for interoperability at the recent mobile WiMAX Forum plugfest at Bechtel Labs in Maryland, where Sequans participated with equipment in various frequency bands, supporting channel sizes of 5, 8.75 and 10 MHz.

See the Sequans mobile WiMAX chip solutions operating in a live WiMAX hotspot demonstration at WiMAX World Forum, October 10-12, Boston World Trade Center, booth 308. The base station used in the demo features the Sequans SQN2110 chipset, and the mobile station PCMCIA cards feature the combined Sequans/Maxim solution.

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