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Using Sequans' New Generation 65 nm Mobile WiMAX Chip to Build Mobile WiMAX End User Devices

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 65 nm 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 65 nm 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.”

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