MANHASSET, N.Y. Altera Corp. and Sequans Communications has announced the availability of the first mobile WiMAX basestation modem chipset supporting the recently ratified IEEE 802.16e-2005 broadband wireless access standard.
Comprised of three Stratix II FPGAs, the Sequans SQN2110 modem chipset provides wireless OEMs with a ready-made solution for developing mobile WiMAX systems.
Altera's Stratix II FPGAs are used for the medium control access (MAC) and physical interface (PHY) layers of the 802.16e-2005 channel card. The chipset supports the first-wave certification profile stage as well as diverse hardware requirements and processing speeds with flexibility and integration essential to this new standard. Each wave will include new certification profiles and/or new functions.
"Compared to fixed logic implementations, FPGA-based products offer superior design flexibility," said Arun Iyengar, senior director of Altera's (San Jose) wireless business unit. "This is particularly valuable for reducing risk when designing to evolving standards. By partnering with leading intellectual property providers such as Sequans, our customers now have immediate access to a rapid- response solution for new wireless protocols and services."
Sequans (Paris) will also offer the previously announced SQN1110, a complementary IEEE 802.16e-2005 mobile station modem chip, for customer premise equipment (CPE). The Sequans' mobile WiMAX evaluation kit is shipping today, with the chipsets to be available in June.