SOURCE: Sequans

September 19, 2006 08:00 ET

WiNetworks Selects Sequans Chips to Develop Hybrid WiMAX Equipment

Sequans Supplying Both Base Station and Subscriber Station 802.16e Chips

PARIS and CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- SEQUANS Communications, a leading supplier and developer of fixed and mobile WiMAX semiconductor solutions, has been chosen by WiNetworks, a pioneer and leader in the development and integration of WiMAX and digital video broadcast network technologies, as its mobile WiMAX chip solution provider. Sequans is providing WiNetworks with both base station and subscriber station chips with full PHY and MAC functionality, enabling WiNetworks to offer its hybrid WiMAX network equipment to one-way broadcast operators including broadcast satellite and cable operators.

"In selecting a chip partner we were looking for a demonstrated capability in both base station and subscriber station solutions that would allow us to accelerate our integration process and time to market," said Mr. Effi Atad, CEO of WiNetworks. "Sequans is able to supply this end-to-end total solution and its chips are flexible enough to adapt to our application."

"WiNetworks is addressing a market with huge potential and their hybrid WiMAX technology is a powerful offering for direct broadcast satellite operators," said Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans. "WiNetworks' strategy of using WiMAX to empower DBS operators with triple play capability is significant and demonstrates the relevance of WiMAX in getting advanced broadband wireless access services into the hands of consumers through existing broadcast service providers."

Sequans' mobile WiMAX product suite addresses the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard, and its system-on-chip (SoC) reference designs are expected to be certified readily when the WiMAX Forum™ certification process begins later this year. Sequans' mobile WiMAX product suite today comprises a subscriber station SoC, a base station FPGA set, and a comprehensive software package.

See Sequans (booth 308) and WiNetworks (booth 50) at WiMAX World Forum, October 10-12, Boston World Trade Center.

About WiNetworks

WiNetworks Inc. is a leading company in WiMAX (802.16 d/e) and digital video broadcasting (DVB) technologies. WiNetworks develops technologies and applications that are driven by the mobile WiMAX standard and seamlessly integrate with the existing infrastructures of DBS, Cable and BWA operators. These patented technologies allow full service availability (voice, video, data and mobile) and create economical and functional advantages for broadband operators. WiNetworks was founded in 2002 and is a member of the WiMAX Forum promoting the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless access. For more information visit www.winetworks.com

About Sequans

SEQUANS Communications is a leading supplier of fixed and mobile WiMAX silicon and software based on 802.16 standards. Offering both base station and subscriber station system-on-chips (SoCs) for both fixed and mobile WiMAX (802.16-2004 and 802.16e-2005), Sequans offers equipment manufacturers an all-in-one solution with full MAC and PHY functionality, enabling them to build a complete range of WiMAX network components: high-end and pico base stations, outdoor and indoor subscriber terminals, home gateways, and all types of mobile devices. Sequans' fixed WiMAX products are certified 802.16-2004-compliant and its mobile WiMAX 802.16e-2005 products are expected to be certified readily when the certification process begins. Sequans is based in Paris, France with offices in Cupertino, California, USA, Israel and Singapore. For more information please visit www.sequans.com

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