LAS VEGAS — January 6, 2011 (Consumer Electronics Show) — 4G chipmaker Sequans today announced that it is supplying 4G chips for the new HTC EVO Shift 4G smartphone from Sprint. The new smartphone combines the HTC Sense experience with the Android™ operating system and Sequans’ SQN1210 WiMAX chip. Sequans also supplied WiMAX chips for the first HTC EVO 4G smartphone launched by Sprint last spring.
This new HTC EVO Shift 4G smartphone is the follow-up product to the original HTC EVO 4G launched last spring to tremendous success and still one of the most popular smartphones in the market. The HTC EVO Shift 4G provides a compact and attractive design with a sliding QWERTY keyboard and boasts the power of 4G, Android 2.2, a 5MP camera, 720p HD camcorder and a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display.
“The HTC EVO Shift 4G continues the very high standard for smartphone performance that was set by the original HTC EVO 4G from Sprint and we are very proud to contribute our technology to what is regarded by many as the world’s best smartphone,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “EVO has mass market appeal and proves the power of 4G by putting in the hands of users a device that delivers everything the term smartphone implies—powerful features and performance, blazing fast 4G connection speed, simplicity—a totally exciting end user experience.”
“We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with Sequans in bringing the new HTC EVO 4G Shift to market,” said Fred Liu, president of engineering and operations at HTC Corporation. “Sequans’ WiMAX chip is optimized for handsets. The Sequans team worked closely with HTC to refine and perfect the various aspects of the new HTC EVO Shift 4G.”
The 4G chip inside the HTC EVO Shift 4G is Sequans’ SQN1210, a highly integrated and powerful WiMAX system-on-chip. The chip is optimized for mobile handsets and delivers baseband and triple band RF integrated in a single, 65 nm die for ultra low power consumption and ultra high performance at a low cost. Sequans technology gives EVO users a number of enhancements over other smartphones, particularly much faster web browsing. The chip also features Sequans’ patent-pending dual transmit uplink technology, a technology pioneered by Sequans that can greatly improve 4G coverage and performance.
The HTC EVO Shift 4G runs on Sprint’s 4G network.
About Sequans Communications
Sequans Communications is a 4G chipmaker, supplying LTE and WiMAX chips to equipment manufacturers and mobile operators worldwide. Founded in 2004 to address the WiMAX opportunity where it is now a global leader, Sequans expanded in early 2009 to address the LTE market. Sequans chips are inside the world’s leading WiMAX networks and will soon be inside LTE networks. Sequans is based in Paris, with additional offices throughout the world, including USA, United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and China. www.sequans.com.
Press contact: Kimberly Tassin, 425.736.0569, Kimberly@sequans.com