ZyXEL Introduces High Performance Mobile WiMAX USB Device Powered by Sequans
July 22, 2009

First use of Sequans’ new generation chip technology


TOKYO, EXPOCOMM WIRELESS JAPAN and CUPERTINO, Calif. — July 22, 2009 —
Sequans Communications, the world’s leading WiMAX chipmaker, announced today that ZyXEL, a world leading supplier of broadband internet connectivity products, has introduced the first Mobile WiMAX device based on Sequans’ new generation chip, the SQN1210.  ZyXEL’s new device, the MAX-507 USB dongle, is state-of-the-art, and delivers the highest performance yet achieved in a Mobile WiMAX USB device, due to Sequans’ unique mimoMAX™ technology.  The ZyXEL MAX-507 USB will be on display at Sequans’ booth, D-068, at ExpoComm Wireless Japan, July 22-24.

The SQN1210 is the industry’s first Mobile WiMAX chip to integrate baseband and triple band RF in a single die.  In addition to the marked performance improvement enabled by the industry’s highest level of integration, the SQN1210 features Sequans’ patent-pending mimoMAX™ technology, which combines a maximum likelihood decoder on the downlink with dual transmit channels on the uplink, a feature unique to Sequans that enables uplink MIMO, greatly increasing the link budget, which can be used to nearly double cell coverage and/or lower the power consumption and cost of mobile devices.  ZyXEL’s implementation of Sequans’ technology has allowed it to deliver a Mobile WiMAX USB dongle that leads the industry in high performance and low cost.

“Sequans’ mimoMAX technology, specifically the dual transmit/uplink MIMO feature, has allowed us to deliver a 23 dBm USB dongle that performs equally as well as a 27 dBm, high end, desktop CPE,” said Dr. Yuh-Long Chen, ZyXEL’s president. “We are very pleased to deliver the MAX 507 as it gives users fully mobile access to the internet with faster speeds than competing products and gives operators the ability to increase cell coverage and performance because it supports MIMO in both directions.”

“ZyXEL continues to lead in bringing the top WiMAX devices to market,” said Dr. Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “The MAX 507 is stylish and tiny, yet very powerful, delivering the ultimate in mobile broadband connectivity.”

The MAX-507 2.5 GHz MIMO USB dongle is a state-of-art Mobile WiMAX solution.  It supports 2Tx and 2Rx, MIMO Matrix A and B, 23 dBm transmission power per channel, and superior receiver sensitivity.  Sleek and tiny, it features built-in, invisible antenna design, and auto-installation that lets users enjoy instant internet surfing the minute they plug it in.  For operators, it supports over the air software upgrades via OMA-DM and five classes of QOS support.

The SQN1210 with its unprecedented high level of integration and its patent-pending mimoMAX technology provides substantial advantages to ODMs and OEMs as well as to WiMAX network operators.  ODMs can build the highest performing, sleekest, and lowest cost Mobile WiMAX devices; operators can nearly double cell coverage and reduce infrastructure costs by up to 50 percent for the most efficient and economical network deployments.

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, http://www.zyxel.com.

About Sequans
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

Press contact Sequans:  Kimberly Tassin, 206.654.1001, Kimberly@sequans.com
Press contact ZyXEL:  Emily Chen 886-3-5783942, Emily.chen@zyxel.com.tw

mimoMAX™ and Sequans are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sequans Communications; all other brand names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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