Wavesat Completes WiMax Chip

Wavesat announces its WiMax DM256 chipset in production

September 14, 2004

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MONTREAL -- Following IEEE 802.16-2004 standard approval, Wavesat Inc., a developer of OFDM Broadband Wireless (BW) silicon solutions, today announced that it has completed the design of its WiMAX DM256 chip and transferred it to Atmel Corporation for production. Wavesat will have both WiMAX chipsets and subscriber (CPE) reference design available by October 2004.

"Today's announcement underscores Wavesat's commitment to supply our pioneer OFDM expertise in advanced chip design and putting it quickly to work with our customers," said Michel Guay, president and CEO of Wavesat. "Based on valuable feedback from 30 existing customers and many other companies, our DM256 chip is optimized to facilitate the transition of existing systems (both Base Station and Subscriber unit) to become WiMAX compliant. We are convinced this winning combination will spur the adoption of high-performance WiMAX technology and solve the "last mile" challenge of end-user connectivity."

Sensing that WiMAX is quickly emerging as the de facto standard for the next-generation of BW products, more than 30 customers have already bought Wavesat development kits (DK) in the last 10 months. These system manufacturers will be the first ones to have WiMAX certifiable systems as early as Q1 2005.

"We are moving forward in a new era that requires the BW equipment manufacturers to achieve the performance and cost levels demanded in the highly competitive global broadband market," added Guay. "True to its mission, Wavesat is the only independent baseband chip maker as a driving force behind WiMAX. Wavesat has already started to develop its next chip which will be backward compatible to the DM256 and on the roadmap to the Mobile IEEE 802.16e standard to preserve customer investments.

Wavesat Wireless Inc.

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