Fujitsu Goes WiMax Nuts

Fujitsu announces new highly integrated WiMAX system-on-a-chip; makes partners

April 21, 2005

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LAS VEGAS -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) today introduced its highly integrated WiMAX system-on-chip, the MB87M3400, which complies with the IEEE802.16-2004 standard and will enable development of a new generation of WiMAX-compliant broadband wireless access (BWA) equipment.

The Fujitsu WiMAX SoC sets the stage for both base station and subscriber station implementation, which will bring cost-efficient, high-quality, fixed broadband connectivity to Metro Area Network users, without the need for direct Line of Sight access to base stations from their remotely connected subscriber stations. The MB87M3400 is designed to enable deployment of BWA equipment for both base stations and subscriber stations in licensed or license-exempt bands below 11GHz.

"This new WiMAX-compliant SoC is the industry's most integrated, modular, scalable, and cost-efficient solution," said Keith Horn, senior vice president of sales and marketing for FMA. "Our design team has worked very closely with innovative systems developers worldwide to deliver the optimal technology for WiMAX-compliant equipment. Early adopters of our system-on-chip are now set to make 2005 the inaugural year for WiMAX-based customer premise equipment, base stations and low-cost subscriber stations in a broad range of geographic markets."

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LAS VEGAS -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA), a world leader in complex system-on-chip development and pioneer in the development of WiMAX broadband wireless access semiconductor technology, and ZTE Corporation, the largest listed telecommunications systems supplier in China, today announced that ZTE is working with Fujitsu to deploy its WiMAX-certifiable equipment based on Fujitsu's highly integrated WiMAX SoC, the MB87M3400.

The two companies have been collaborating to develop base station and subscriber station equipment that complies with the 802.16-2004 fixed WiMAX specifications. Fujitsu and ZTE will complete the full bring-up and implementation of ZTE's WiMAX compliant systems.

As a founding and board member of the WiMAX Forum(TM), Fujitsu Microelectronics America has been a leader in the industry-wide acceptance of the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN standards, which are essential for successful WiMAX deployment.

Fujitsu's WiMAX system-on-chip (see related announcement from FMA dated April 21, 2005) is the high-performance, highly integrated MB87M3400 SoC that incorporates the embedded processor and mixed signal technology. It is the cornerstone for bringing the first wave of WiMAX-certified products to cost-effective deployment in 2005.

"Our flexible and cost-effective business model with ZTE Corporation enabled both companies to collaborate closely on ZTE's WiMAX-compliant product development," said Keith Horn, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Fujitsu Microelectronics America. "We are now discussing the collaborative plan based on the mobile WiMAX technology."

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LAS VEGAS and OTTAWA -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) and SiGe Semiconductor, Inc. today announced the availability of a complete reference design that will provide manufacturers with a production-ready blueprint for the development of WiMAX(TM)-capable broadband wireless access systems.

The reference design includes all of the software and hardware required to design residential and enterprise customer premise equipment. It is based on the Fujitsu WiMAX-compliant baseband system-on-chip (SoC), the new MB87M3400, and the SE7351L/SE7051L RF transceiver chipset from SiGe Semiconductor. The proven, high-performance system-level design will allow manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively develop WiMAX-compliant equipment. The reference design will be submitted to the WiMAX Forum(TM) for certification in 2005.

"As part of our commitment to standards development and compliance programs, Fujitsu Microelectronics and SiGe Semiconductor are working closely together to provide OEMs with the most effective mix of technologies for high-performance WiMAX-compliant equipment," said Keith Horn, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Fujitsu Microelectronics America. "The combination of our WiMAX-compliant SoC and SiGe's leading-edge RF devices provides manufacturers with an easy route to achieving the integration and performance required for next-generation Broadband Wireless systems."

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LAS VEGAS -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) and Wi-LAN Inc. will demonstrate Wi-LAN's Libra MX(TM) network system, using the Fujitsu WiMAX System-on-Chip (SoC), MB87M3400, in the Fujitsu booth #204 at the seventh annual Broadband Wireless World in Las Vegas, April 21-22. Fujitsu will also introduce its WiMAX SoC at a press conference at the show on April 21. The event will take place in the Genoa Room in Caesar's Palace, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

Wi-LAN's Libra MX system is the industry's first WiMAX platform that meets the performance and throughput requirements of demanding point-to-point and point-to-multipoint broadband applications. Wi-LAN's next-generation broadband wireless access systems are being built around the new, highly integrated WiMAX-compliant system-on-chip developed by Fujitsu Microelectronics America and Wi-LAN.

Fujitsu and Wi-LAN have been working closely on WiMAX technology since late 2002. Wi-LAN has combined its system expertise and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology with FMA's chip design capabilities in a development program that created the new SoC from Fujitsu. The highly integrated, high-performance solution incorporates embedded processors and mixed signal technology in a device that will enable systems developers like Wi-LAN to provide cost-effective WiMAX Forum Certified(TM) equipment.

FMA and Wi-LAN are founding and board members of the WiMAX Forum(TM) and active participants in the IEEE and ETSI standards bodies. Together, FMA and Wi-LAN have been leaders in generating industry-wide acceptance of the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN standards, which are the basis of successful WiMAX deployments.

Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc.

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