Chip Battle Maxes Up
Montreal-based Wavesat claims its DM256 chip is the first 802.16 standards-compliant product available to WiMax equipment vendors. “We believe we are six months ahead of the competition,” Frank Draper, VP of sales and marketing, tells Unstrung.
Wavesat unveiled a number of vendor customer deals for its WiMax silicon, including nex-G Systems Pte Ltd., Trango Broadband Wireless, WaveIP Ltd., and WaveRider Communications Inc. (see Wavesat Unveils WiMax Chip and Wavesat Breaks Into WiMax).
Meanwhile French minnow Sequans expects to launch its chipsets in “mid-2005” but already lays claim to two signed deals at Airspan Networks and Cambridge Broadband Ltd. (see Sequans Wins Customers and Sequans Maxes Up).
Such developments will help allay fears that Fujitsu and Intel will dominate the 802.16 chipset market (see Intel's WiMax Drive). To date, Fujitsu has announced a deal with Canadian vendor Wi-LAN Inc. (Toronto: WIN), while Intel has signed the likes of Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA), Alvarion Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR), Proxim Corp. (Nasdaq: PROX), Redline Communications Inc., and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE). (See Fujitsu, Wi-LAN Team Up, WiMax Gets Serious, Intel, Alvarion Develop 802.16 and Proxim & Intel: MANly Friends.)
— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung