LONDON WiMAX chip specialist Sequans Communications and Taiwanese electronics group Mitac have teamed to develop a fixed WiMAX desk-top unit. The T220B is the first of several products being developed following a strategic alliance between the companies.
Sequans (Paris, France) and Mitac (Taipei) are also working on mobile WiMAX subscriber units built around Sequans´ 802.16e-2005 chips. The mobile WiMAX units currently under development for release in late 2006 include a PCMCIA card and a desktop unit.
The T220B desk-top unit, which is available from next month, is an 802.16-2004 standard compliant, self-installable device that provides wireless broadband connectivity at 3.5 GHz. The unit features switched diversity between four built-in high gain antennas and supports space/ time coding (STC) and subchannelization.
The RF chip comes from Sierra Monolithics, one of Sequans´ RF partners.
Bernard Aboussouan, vice president of marketing and business development, Sequans, said : "Mitac is the first ODM delivering a WiMAX self-installable desktop unit and we believe this unit as well as the coming mobile units will set a standard in the industry for excellence and quality."
The companies say the Mitac switch has been tested for interoperability with WiMAX base stations using chips from Sequans or others.
The French chip developer has partnered on WiMAX developments with several other companies, including LSI Logic, ARM and Altera, and is also known to be working on products with LG Electronics.