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August 03, 2011

4G WiMAX Devices from HTC Using Sequans Chip

By Calvin Azuri
TMCnet Contributor

HTC devices recently launched four 4G WiMAX devices in Korea and the United States, powered by the Sequans Communications (News - Alert) WiMAX chip. HTC launched the EVO 4G+ smartphone and HTC Flyer 4G tablet in Korea through Korea Telecom on July 1. The HTC EVO 3D smartphone and HTC EVO View 4G tablet was launched in the United States on June 24th through Sprint. Sequans Communications also provided the WiMAX chips for the original HTC EVO 4G and HTC EVO Shift 4G smartphones for Sprint and the HTC EVO WiMAX smartphone for KDDI (News - Alert) in Japan. Sequans communications currently power seven 4G technology HTC devices in the market.

All these 4G devices run on the Android operating system and contain Sequans 4G WiMAX technology.

In a release, CEO of Sequans, Georges Karam (News - Alert) said, “We are pleased to continue our very successful collaboration with HTC in bringing these new 4G devices to market. HTC is known for its innovation and the HTC brand is now clearly linked with the state-of-the-art in 4G devices.”

The Sequans SQN1210 WiMAX (News - Alert) chip is one of the most highly integrated semiconductor solutions in the industry. All these HTC 4G devices have SQN1210 chip inside them. The SQN1210 was created using 65nm die for ultra low power consumption and ultra high performance for a fraction of cost. They deliver baseband and triple band RF signals. The SQN1210 is highly optimized for mobile handsets. This chip enables faster web browsing and smoother streaming media playback. Sequans have added their patented dual transmit uplink technology into the SQN1210 chip.

SQN1210 WiMAX chip from Sequans enjoys the highest level of integration achieved in the WiMAX industry. This chip provides wireless broadband connectivity for fully mobile WiMAX applications. This chip is designed for the smallest devices like mobile handsets, smartphones, MIDs, portable hotspots, netbooks, and PC datacards.

The advantages of the dual independent channels downlink and uplink are; maximum likelihood MIMO decoder on the downlink and 2 Tx with closed loop diversity on the uplink. The throughput is very high, i.e. greater than 40 Mbps.

Want to learn more about 4G wireless technologies? Then be sure to attend the 4GWE Conference, collocated with TMC’s (News - Alert) ITEXPO West 2011, taking place Sept. 13-15, 2011, in Austin, Texas. The 4GWE Conference provides unmatched networking opportunities and a robust conference program representing the wireless ecosystem. The conference not only brings together the best and brightest in the wireless industry, it actually spans the communications and technology industry. To register, click here.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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