Wavesat Inc.

Wavesat Inc.

July 20, 2005 08:00 ET

Taiwan-Based Z-Com picks WaveSat's WiMAX Solution

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - July 20, 2005) -

Z-Com Joins a Growing Number of ODMs to Use Wavesat's WiMax Chip

Wavesat, a leading developer of WiMAX silicon, announces that Taiwan-based Z-Com has chosen Wavesat's Evolutive™ WiMAX portfolio to develop an 802.16-2004 Compliant CPE. Z-Com plans to launch its first WiMAX high-quality and low cost CPE product as early as Q4, 2005 in Taiwan and China.

Raymond Ou, Director of R&D for Z-Com, explained: "We picked Wavesat's WiMAX solution for its small package size and its high level of integration with RF and MAC. Their comprehensive Reference Kit offers us the fastest time to market. We look forward to a long term partnership with Wavesat."

Wavesat CEO Michel Guay added: "Z-Com is a valuable partner and we are proud to have them on board. We are delighted to see that they are already getting good traction with significant OEMs, and are forecasting WiMAX deployment in the near future."

Wavesat's Evolutive™ 802.16/WiMAX portfolio is optimized to facilitate the transition of existing systems, both Base Station and Subscriber Unit, to become WiMAX compliant, with an easy evolution towards Mobility.

Wavesat's WiMAX Reference Kit is a tool kit intended to serve as a development platform to guide and support efforts in designing WiMAX compliant wireless systems using the Evolutive™ WiMAX DM256 integrated circuit. The Kit implements the IEEE 802.16-2004 Physical and MAC layer protocols as well as ETSI HIPERMAN. It facilitates experimentation, evaluation, and investigation with various modes of operation of the DM256 as well as offering several implementation examples to reduce design development efforts. It helps system designers bring products to market faster, assisting in the proliferation of WiMAX for both licensed and unlicensed networks.

About Z-Com

Z-Com Inc. (www.zcom.com.tw), established in 1995, develops, manufactures, and markets a series of high-performance local/wide area wireless data products and solutions for wireless Internet access and various mobile data applications. Z-Com's headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Science-Based Industrial Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan, with sales subsidiaries in Cerritos, CA, Rockaway, NJ, and London, England. Together with Taiwan's strength in product engineering and competitive manufacturing, Z-Com has formed a valuable network of resources with expertise in communication system engineering, radio technology, protocol engineering, networking technologies, and manufacturing capabilities among others.

About Wavesat

Founded in 1993, Wavesat Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company focused on the development and supply of baseband chips for WiMAX compliant systems. Wavesat is headquartered in Montreal, Canada where it conducts research and development activities. Wavesat is a privately held company. Key investors include BDC Venture Capital, Monet Capital, Multiple Capital, Pac-Link Management Corp., Skypoint Capital Corporation, Solidarity Fund QFL and Sunsino Ventures Group.

Wavesat is a Principal member of the WiMAX Forum, a nonprofit corporation formed to certify the compatibility and interoperability of Broadband Wireless devices conforming to the 802.16 wireless MAN and ETSI HiperMAN specifications and to help accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace.
Please visit the company's web site at www.wavesat.com.

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