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Atmel, Wavesat to develop compatible WiMAX chipset solution

Posted: 06 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wavesat? wimax? baseband? rf chips?

Atmel Corp. and Wavesat Inc., a developer of WiMAX silicon announced that they are leveraging their current manufacturing relationship of WiMAX-compliant PHY to develop compatible baseband and RF chips for the 802.16 market as early as fourth quarter of this year.

The teamwork agreement for a WiMAX chipset will feature Wavesat's Evolutive DM256 WiMAX baseband ASIC and Atmel's WiMAX compliant radio. Atmel's radio, under development now, will have variants covering the 2.5/3.5GHz licensed bands. The two chips are designed to interface with Wavesat's PHY solution to simplify WiMAX system designs by providing a fully compatible WiMAX solution that includes the PHY layer as well as the radio transceiver.

Jeff Leasure, marketing manager for Atmel's WiMAX radio solutions, said, "Our customers will benefit from a low risk, low-cost, fast time to market and high performance solution based on years of baseband and radio expertise. By creating a variant of our WiMAX compliant radio architecture to specifically interface with the Wavesat baseband solution, we can simplify system communication issues in a reference design."

"The decision to move forward with greater technical and marketing collaboration with Atmel will provide additional tools, for both our organizations, to better serve our customers and considerably lower their systems costs," added Michel Guay, president, CEO of Wavesat.

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