Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sequans and Nationz collaborate on dual-mode TD-SCDMA/LTE devices for China

PARIS, FRANCE & SHENZHEN, CHINA: LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications has established a partnership with Nationz Technologies Inc., China’s leading provider of RF chips and wireless communications solutions and products.

The two companies are working together to develop TD-SCDMA/LTE solutions and products for LTE bands 7, 38, 39 and 40, specifically for the Chinese marketplace. The collaboration will yield unique multi-band, multi-mode devices of several types, including mobile routers, CPE, and USB dongles. Initial products will become available at around mid-year.

“Nationz is known for their design excellence in China and our collaboration with them is yielding valuable devices for Chinese consumers who will benefit greatly from dual-mode TD-SCDMA/LTE solutions,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “China has been leading the way in TDD technologies, both TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE, and the new dual-mode Nationz/Sequans products represent a combination of best-in-class technologies and advanced feature functionality.”

“We are pleased to work with Sequans, a leader in LTE chips and a company with long experience in China,” said Bin Zhang, VP of Nationz. “Sequans’ chips represent the latest and the most advanced in LTE baseband semiconductor technology. Combined with Nationz’s RF and TD-SCDMA solutions, our products offer great value that will facilitate a seamless transition for Chinese consumers into the next generation of wireless.”

Sequans’ LTE semiconductor solutions support global LTE networks, both TDD and FDD, and are delivered with comprehensive software and reference designs for multiple device types for a truly universal solution. Sequans offers two LTE platforms: Mont Blanc, optimized for the design of host-less USB modems, CPE, and mobile routers or hotspots, and Andromeda, optimized for handsets and tablets. Sequans’ LTE chips are compact and powerful, delivering category 4 throughput of up to 150 Mbps in a very small 10x10 mm package that includes SDRAM.

Nationz offers core RFIC transceivers (TRX) for next generation wireless technologies in the 1.2~2.8 GHz frequency range, covering dual-mode LTE/TD-SCDMA technologies. The RF chip solution integrates ADC/DAC and provides convenient digital I/Os for baseband chip connections. The chip shows very competitive performance, typically 1.8 percent of EVM at TX and 2.5 percent at RX with the MIMO feature enabled. Nationz provides the RF chip and the total solution including both evaluation boards and RF software drivers.

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