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Wavesat Ships WiMax Chip

Wavesat ships first WiMax baseband chip

December 13, 2004

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MONTREAL and TAPEI -- Wavesat Inc., a fabless semiconductor developer of broadband wireless chips, was in Taipei today announcing delivery of the first ever WiMAX chip, the DM256. Many of the 30 customers who bought development kits in 2004 have already ordered chips and are the first to receive them in December 2004. Wavesat is planning general availability in early January 2005.

Simultaneously, Wavesat also announced a strategic partnership with EDOM Technology Co., Ltd. for the distribution of its chips in Taiwan. This partnership will better serve our customers in the region and help bring low cost WiMAX subscriber units to market by Q2 2005.

The DM256 is Wavesat's 6th generation of OFDM products and it is the first to comply with the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. This IC is very flexible and easily configurable to meet all WiMAX profiles for both base station and subscriber designs. Wavesat's R&D team is already working on the next generation of ICs, ensuring backward compatibility with the DM256. This will allow equipment manufacturers and operators to easily evolve from fixed to full mobility networks (IEEE 802.16e) in the next few years. Wavesat is a key player in the WiMAX Forum and a driving force in the development of the IEEE 802.16 standard since its inception.

"This is a strong testimony to the vision and determination of our engineers to design, produce and validate the Industry's first WiMAX chip," said Michel Guay, president and CEO of Wavesat. "The recent closing of our financing round validates our efforts to date and enhances our capability to support our customers in developing the first WiMAX compliant systems in early 2005."

Wavesat Wireless Inc.

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