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March 11, 2011

HTC EVO WiMAX Smartphone for KDDI Features WiMAX Chip from Sequans

By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributor

4G chipmaker Sequans was the provider of the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX (News - Alert)) chip for the HTC EVO WiMAX smartphone that was announced recently by the Japanese telecom service provider KDDI and smartphone major HTC.

The HTC EVO WiMAX smartphone has capabilities of Sequans' WiMAX technology, HTC's user interface, and Google's Android (News - Alert) mobile operating system. It is KDDI's first WiMAX-enabled smartphone. It is a modified version of the HTC EVO 4G smartphone, introduced in the U.S. by Sprint (News - Alert) last year.

According to Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans, “The introduction of the EVO in Japan puts a very special device in the hands of Japanese consumers --- a device that delivers blazing performance, super high-speed Internet connectivity, simplicity --- a totally exciting end user experience.”

The chip inside the EVO is Sequans' SQN1210, an integrated semiconductor solution optimized for mobile handsets. The chip delivers baseband and triple band RF integrated in a single, 65 nm die for ultra low power consumption at a low cost.

The Sequans innovations enable smartphone users to enjoy Web browsing and smoother streaming media playback. The chip features Sequans' dual transmit uplink technology that improves coverage and performance.

The HTC EVO WiMAX phone offers simplicity and the HTC Sense experience with a 4.3-inch screen, dual-LED flash, HD video recording and playback capability. It has a dedicated kickstand to offer movies, TV shows and sports.

The HTC EVO WiMAX also offers WiMAX tethering, allowing up to eight devices, such as personal computers and portable game systems, to access the Internet over KDDI's WiMAX network.

Sequans Communications (News - Alert) works with equipment manufacturers and mobile operators worldwide. Sequans chips are inside the world's leading WiMAX networks.

Recently, Sequans announced it demonstrated the capabilities of its Long Term Evolution (LTE (News - Alert)) chip technology at the 2011 Mobile World Congress.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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