Sanmina-SCI announce agreement to bring WiMAX Mini-PCI to market
March 20, 2006
World’s First Low-Cost and
High-Quality WiMAX 3.5 GHz Mini-PCI Modules Available to OEM/ODMs
Montreal, Canada -- Wavesat, developer of WiMAX chipset and software,
and Sanmina-SCI, a leading global electronics manufacturing services
(EMS) company, announced today an agreement for production and cost
optimization of the WiMAX Mini-PCI. The low-cost, small-form factor
WiMAX 3.5 GHz Mini-PCI modules are now available for volume delivery
anywhere in the world.
The WiMAX Mini-PCI modules are based on Wavesat’s recently launched
WiMAX 3.5 GHz Mini-PCI reference design, and incorporates Wavesat’s
Evolutive™ DM256 chipset and MAC coprocessor. Plus, the WiMAX Mini-PCI
modules are fully compliant with the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard, offer
easy upgradeability to 802.16e-2005 for basic mobility applications,
and support TDD and HFDD, 3.5 and 7.0 MHz bandwidths and modulation up
"We are excited to be working with a WiMAX pacesetter such as Wavesat,"
said David Dutkowsky, EVP for Sanmina-SCI’s Communications
Infrastructure Division. "Wavesat’s unique WiMAX expertise and
strategic positioning, in conjunction with our manufacturing
capability and international presence, will result in tangible
benefits for the WiMAX industry worldwide."
"With world-class manufacturing facilities in more than 20 countries
on five continents, Sanmina-SCI is a proven leader in contract
manufacturing and global fulfillment, especially for advanced
telecommunications systems," added Wavesat’s President and CEO Michel
Guay. "Sanmina-SCI’s ability to simultaneously have local presence and
global reach will facilitate our customers’ access to mini-PCI in
volume as well as offer customized and adaptable manufacturing
solutions tailored to their unique requirements."
Wavesat’s Evolutive™ WiMAX Products
Wavesat’s award-winning Evolutive™ WiMAX DM256 product portfolio is a
complete and cost-effective solution supporting all the necessary
features to design base stations and subscriber units for both
licensed and license-exempt radio frequencies. It consists of a
full-range of standard-based integrated circuits, software and
reference designs supporting WiMAX 802.16-2004 certification and
intended for forward compatibility with 802.16e-2005 for basic
mobility. It also features the first WiMAX Forum Certified CPE design.
Chosen by ODMs and OEMs worldwide, Wavesat products fit design
requirements for Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) as well as Base
Station infrastructures (Carrier’s facilities), providing effective
wireless connectivity for a wide range of network sizes and coverage
from urban to rural applications.
Founded in 1993, Wavesat Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company
focused on the development and supply of baseband chips for WiMAX
compliant systems. Wavesat is headquartered in Montreal, Canada where
it conducts research and development activities. Wavesat is a
privately held company. Key investors include BDC Venture Capital,
Monet Capital, Multiple Capital, Pac-Link Management Corp., Skypoint
Capital Corporation, Solidarity Fund QFL and Sunsino Ventures Group.
Wavesat is a Principal member of the WiMAX Forum, a nonprofit
corporation formed to certify the compatibility and interoperability
of Broadband Wireless devices conforming to the 802.16 wireless MAN
and ETSI HiperMAN specifications and to help accelerate the
introduction of these devices into the marketplace.
Wavesat received the first WiMAX Forum Certification for a CPE Design.
Wavesat was awarded the 2005 Frost&Sullivan Technology Leadership
Award and 2005 InfoVision Award for its unique Evolutive™ WiMAX
For more information:
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