PARIS, France and SHENZHEN, China — April 18, 2012 — LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications has established a partnership with Nationz Technologies Inc., China’s leading provider of RF chips and wireless communications solutions and products. The two companies are working together to develop TD-SCDMA / LTE solutions and products for LTE bands 7, 38, 39 and 40, specifically for the Chinese marketplace. The collaboration will yield unique multi-band, multi-mode devices of several types, including mobile routers, CPE, and USB dongles. Initial products will become available at around mid-year.
“Nationz is known for their design excellence in China and our collaboration with them is yielding valuable devices for Chinese consumers who will benefit greatly from dual-mode TD-SCDMA / LTE solutions,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “China has been leading the way in TDD technologies, both TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE, and the new dual-mode Nationz/Sequans products represent a combination of best-in-class technologies and advanced feature functionality.”
“We are pleased to work with Sequans, a leader in LTE chips and a company with long experience in China,” said Bin Zhang, VP of Nationz. “Sequans’ chips represent the latest and the most advanced in LTE baseband semiconductor technology. Combined with Nationz’s RF and TD-SCDMA solutions, our products offer great value that will facilitate a seamless transition for Chinese consumers into the next generation of wireless.”
Sequans’ LTE semiconductor solutions support global LTE networks, both TDD and FDD, and are delivered with comprehensive software and reference designs for multiple device types for a truly universal solution. Sequans offers two LTE platforms: Mont Blanc, optimized for the design of host-less USB modems, CPE, and mobile routers or hotspots, and Andromeda, optimized for handsets and tablets. Sequans’ LTE chips are compact and powerful, delivering category 4 throughput of up to 150 Mbps in a very small 10×10 mm package that includes SDRAM.
Nationz Technologies Inc. offers core RFIC transceivers (TRX) for next generation wireless technologies in the 1.2~2.8 GHz frequency range, covering dual-mode LTE/TD-SCDMA technologies. The RF chip solution integrates ADC/DAC and provides convenient digital I/Os for baseband chip connections. The chip shows very competitive performance, typically 1.8% of EVM at TX and 2.5% at RX with the MIMO feature enabled. Nationz provides the RF chip and the total solution including both evaluation boards and RF software drivers.
About Nationz Technologies Inc.
Founded in 2000, Nationz is the leading provider of security processors and RF chips in China. As a leading provider of RF chips and wireless communications solutions and products, the company is a key innovator in wireless technologies and has made significant achievement in the areas of TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA RF chips and short distance precision applications for the mobile payments industry. Headquartered in Shenzhen, Nationz has branches in Beijing and Shanghai, and subsidiaries in Hong Kong and USA. www.nationz.com.cn
About Sequans Communications
Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a 4G chipmaker, supplying LTE and WiMAX chips to original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers worldwide. Founded in 2003 to address the WiMAX market, the company expanded in early 2009 to address the LTE market. Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices throughout the world, including United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. www.sequans.com; Twitter: www.twitter.com/sequans