Sequans to Showcase its New Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced Platform at Mobile World Congress

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PARIS, France – February 18, 2014 – 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) will showcase its newest LTE platform — the Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced Platform — at Mobile World Congress next week. Cassiopeia is fully compliant with 3GPP Release 10 specifications and is software upgradeable to Release 11.

Cassiopeia supports highly flexible dual carrier aggregation up to 40 MHz total bandwidth.  In 30 MHz FDD, combining two channels of 10 MHz plus 20 MHz, which will be one of the most common configurations deployed by LTE operators, Cassiopeia can deliver maximum theoretical category 6 LTE throughput of up to 225 Mbps, at unprecedented price/performance levels.

Cassiopeia’s carrier aggregation capability allows any two carriers of any size up to 20 MHz each, contiguous or non-contiguous, inter-band or intra-band, to be combined.  A demonstration of Cassiopeia’s carrier aggregation capability, featuring a 10 + 20 MHz configuration, can be seen live at Mobile World Congress.

“With Cassiopeia we have leveraged more than a decade of 4G experience to develop an exceptionally powerful yet cost-efficient LTE-Advanced solution,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO.  “It is field-proven, mature and ready for commercial deployment.  It is highly cost-efficient for any configuration and especially so for 30 MHz configurations, which will be the sweet spot for many operators around the world.”

Cassiopeia supports other Release 10 enhancements such as new MIMO schemes, enhanced inter-cell interference coordination (eICIC) schemes for heterogeneous networks (HetNets), and improvements to eMBMS (evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service) or LTE Broadcast. Cassiopeia can be enabled with optional features including envelope tracking and secure boot at customer request.

The Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced Platform comprises Sequans’ SQN3220 baseband SoC with integrated high-performance network and application CPU, and SQN3240 LTE-optimized multi-band transceiver.  Cassiopeia also includes a field-proven dual carrier aggregation LTE-A protocol stack, and a comprehensive software package that includes a standard RIL to ease integration with virtually any vendor’s AP, and fully-integrated, royalty-free OMA-DM and IMS/SMS clients, eliminating the cost and complexity of integrating third-party software. Cassiopeia is a member of Sequans’ StreamrichLTE product family for high performance, feature-rich LTE devices.  It will be sampling in Q2 with commercial device availability expected in the second half of 2014.

Please visit Sequans at Mobile World Congress, February 24-27, hall 7 stand 7D76.

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