Aeroflex, Sequans Team to Speed WiMAX Test

WiMAX test leader, Aeroflex, and Sequans Communications, a leading developer of WiMAX semiconductor solutions, have entered into a test technology partnership for WiMAX. Within the context of the technology partnership, the two companies will collaborate closely to further speed the ongoing development of their respective WiMAX test and WiMAX semiconductor solutions.

Under the terms of the WiMAX test technology partnership, Sequans will provide Aeroflex with early access to its new and upgraded WiMAX semiconductor solutions and reference designs. Aeroflex will use them for the ongoing verification of its WiMAX Protocol Conformance Tester (PCT) that is being developed under the auspices of the WiMAX Forum.

“This is an important technology partnership for us,” said David Brown, Vice President, EMEA Sector for Aeroflex. “Sequans is the demonstrable leader in WiMAX semiconductor solutions that combine high performance with low power consumption encompassing all WiMAX standards for basestation and subscriber products. By teaming with Sequans, we will have early access to quality commercial products to verify the performance of our test systems. This will ensure that we remain well-ahead of our competitors both in relation to the development of our WiMAX PCT system and also with regard to the creation of our PXI-based test solutions for development and volume production applications.”

In return, Sequans will gain early vital access to Aeroflex’s WiMAX test equipment providing them with the regular flow of valuable test data needed not only to ensure they remain first-to-market with new and upgraded semiconductor solutions but that they perform as required. Aeroflex will pre-validate Sequans’ reference designs to ETSI conformance standards giving Sequans’ customers complete confidence that using their silicon will ensure their own products will meet protocol conformance requirements.

“Aeroflex is the leader in WiMAX test and our technology partnership will provide us with a vital source of test data to feed back into our ongoing product development programme,” said Bertrand Debray, Vice President of Engineering at Sequans Communications. “The ability to pre-validate our reference designs to ETSI protocol conformance requirements will undoubtedly generate even greater confidence in our WiMAX semiconductor solutions amongst potential customers.”

About Sequans Communications
SEQUANS Communications is a leading supplier of fixed and mobile WiMAX semiconductor and software based on 802.16 d/e standards. Offering base station and subscriber station system-on-chips (SoCs) for both fixed and mobile WiMAX (802.16-2004 and 802.16e-2005), Sequans offers equipment manufacturers an all-in-one solution with full MAC and PHY functionality, enabling them to build the complete range of WiMAX network components: high-end and pico base stations, outdoor and indoor subscriber terminals, home gateways, and all types of mobile devices. Sequans, along with its RF partners, provide the most complete WiMAX solution available to system manufacturers today.

About Aeroflex
Aeroflex Incorporated is a global provider of high technology solutions to the aerospace, defence, cellular and broadband communications markets. The Company’s diverse technologies allow it to design, develop, manufacture and market a broad range of test, measurement and microelectronic products. Founded in 1937, Aeroflex is a privately held company with more than 2,600 employees worldwide.

About Aeroflex Test Solutions, Wireless Division
Aeroflex Wireless offers a full range of protocol, physical layer and parametric test solutions for the cellular communications industry. Its products address infrastructure and mobile handset testing and support all stages of mobile phone and radio access network equipment development and deployment. Applications include R&D, conformance, production, installation and commissioning, field service, and network optimization. Aeroflex’s wireless products test all key 2G, 2.5G and 3G wireless technologies including UMTS, cdmaOne, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WiMAX and LTE worldwide.