Monday, March 15, 2010

Sequans Readies its First LTE Chip

Sequans will soon begin sampling its first LTE chip. The SQN3010 is a baseband SOC, designed to comply with the 3GPP R8 standard, supporting UE category 3 throughput of 100 Mbps in a 20 MHz channel, and LTE band classes 38 and 40. The SQN3010 is integrated with RF provided by Sequans' partners. The device, which has been in development for many months, will be delivered first to China Mobile, the leading proponent of TD-LTE technology.

China Mobile selected Sequans to provide TD-LTE chips and USB dongles for the world's first TD-LTE demonstration network that China Mobile will deploy at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, which begins in May.

Sequans confirmed that it is working with Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent to deliver TD-LTE USB dongles to China Mobile for LTE band class 40 (2.3-2.4 GHz) supporting 20 MHz channels.

In addition to enabling China Mobile, Sequans is collaborating with Alcatel-Lucent to bring TD-LTE solutions to TD-LTE operators in Asia and Europe who are planning to offer services at 2.6 GHz. Sequans is therefore delivering a second version of its TD-LTE USB dongle for LTE band class 38 (2.5-2.6 GHz), as announced by the two companies last month.