BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Booth 2-1.C28, February 16, 2009 – Sequans Communications, the world’s leading WiMAX chipmaker, announced today that ZyXEL, a world leading supplier of broadband internet connectivity products, is using Sequans’ new generation 65 nm Mobile WiMAX chip to build Mobile WiMAX end user devices. Sequans’ new chip, the SQN1210, integrates baseband and triple band RF in a single 65nm die, leading to unprecedented achievements in size, cost, and performance. The first device ZyXEL is bringing to market is a tiny USB device that will provide mobile laptop users with WiMAX connectivity.
The SQN1210 demonstrates singular performance capabilities. Based on state-of-the-art 65nm technology and four years of Sequans proven field experience, it delivers the highest level of integration yet achieved in a 10X10 package, resulting in dramatically reduced cost, power consumption, and size. The SQN1210 does not require external DRAM memory, and delivers maximum throughput of greater than 40 Mbps with extremely low power consumption of less than 350 mW in active mode and less than 0.5 mW in standby. The integrated RF covers all three global WiMAX bands, 2.3, 2.5, and 3.5 GHz and supports both TDD and H-FDD. The SQN1210 also supports 2 Tx and uplink MIMO, a feature unique to Sequans that can nearly double cell coverage.
“ZyXEL’s WiMAX solutions always deliver the best benefit and performance to our customers,” said Dr. Yuh-Long Chen, ZyXEL’s President. “Collaboration with Sequans strengthens us to build the highest performing Mobile WiMAX devices possible, devices that deliver very high performance with minimal power consumption for truly mobile capability.”
The USB device ZyXEL has developed is a tiny and stylish USB dongle. It supports user-friendly installation and clear LED Indicators to let users surf the Internet easily. It is the first of several Mobile WiMAX devices ZyXEL will bring to market using Sequans’ SQN1210.
This new collaboration between Sequans and ZyXEL follows their highly successful collaboration on ZyXEL’s WiMAX Indoor Gateway MAX-206M2, for Sprint’s (now Clearwire) Xohm™ network, announced last fall.
“ZyXEL is an extremely innovative company and our collaboration with them has yielded very exciting results,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Their designs, technology, and product quality are all superior, leading to WiMAX devices of very high quality and performance, something both our companies are keen on delivering.”
About ZyXEL Communications
ZyXEL Communications Corp., founded in 1989 and headquartered in Taiwan, is the leading provider of complete broadband access solutions for service providers, and business and home users. The company was recently named Taiwan’s first “green enterprise,” and is the second highest ranked “green“ company in Asia (2007 CG watch, Asian Corporate Governance Association).
As one of the early modem manufacturers, ZyXEL has undergone many transformations in the fast-paced networking industry. Today, ZyXEL is one of the few companies in the world capable of offering complete networking solutions including DSL customer premise equipment, central office equipment, Internet security appliances, switches, WLAN equipment, network-attached storage and centralized network management systems.
The company has 3200 employees and distributors in 70 countries, reaching more than 150 regional markets. The ZyXEL Communications Corp. includes 29 subsidiaries and sales offices and three research and development centers worldwide. For more information, visit the company’s Website, www.zyxel.com.
Sequans Communications is the leading supplier of chips for the WiMAX market. Sequans has products that are WiMAX Forum Certified™ for both fixed and Mobile WiMAX, for both base station and subscriber station technology, and is the first and only WiMAX chipmaker to achieve this distinction. Sequans is currently powering more than half of the WiMAX Forum Certified™ Mobile WiMAX (MIMO) devices now coming to market. Sequans offers equipment manufacturers the most complete and powerful semiconductor solutions available today, enabling them to build the widest range of high performing WiMAX network components: femto, pico, micro and multi-sector macro base stations, outdoor and indoor subscriber terminals, home gateways, and all types of mobile devices. www.sequans.com