Posted: May 20, 2013

LAS VEGAS – May 20, 2013 – 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A.  has introduced a new line of LTE modules called EZLinkLTE™.  The modules are based on Sequans’ LTE baseband chip and include a complete RF front end and key interfaces in a single, compact package.  EZLinkLTE modules give device designers a plug-and-play, all-in-one LTE connectivity solution that significantly reduces development cost and time to market.  The first EZLinkLTE module, sampling now, is the VZ20Q, which is one of the first modules in the industry to support both LTE bands 4 and 13.  The new module will be on display at CTIA 2013 in Sequans’ booth 2836 through May 23.

The baseband chip at the heart of the new module is Sequans’ SQN3120 Mont Blanc chip that was certified by Verizon Wireless in 2012.  The chip is compliant with 3GPP release 9 and it delivers category 4 throughput of up to 150 Mbps in the downlink.  Starting with the SQN3120 chip, the VZ20Q integrates all other elements necessary for a complete LTE modem system.  These include an LTE-optimized RF transceiver provided by Sequans’ RF partner, Fujitsu Semiconductor, a complete dual-band RF front-end for bands 4 and 13, LP-DDR SDRAM, embedded boot Flash, and VC-TCXO, all in a single, surface-mountable package with a very compact footprint, 17 x 24 x 2 mm.

“Our EZLinkLTE modules provide great value to device designers in terms of cost savings and reduction of development risk and time,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO.  “The EZLinkLTE modules are pre-integrated, pre-tested, and pre-certified by carriers, meaning that we’ve done most of the heavy lifting in advance and can offer device makers a very quick and easy solution for adding LTE connectivity to many types of devices.”

EZLinkLTE modules are designed to provide a comprehensive LTE connectivity solution for the design of connected consumer electronics devices, tablet and laptop computers, machine-to-machine devices, and other applications featuring embedded LTE connectivity.

The VZ20Q EZLinkLTE module is sampling now and is expected to be mass production-ready in June.

Global BTS Transceiver Market Analysis and Forecast, 2013-2017 – 9th Edition
Some key predictions from EJL Wireless Research LLC for 2013:

  • Global BTS TRx shipments will decline by 20%
  • Global BTS LTE TRx shipments are expected to remain the largest category
  • Global BTS LTE TRx shipments are expected to decline by 6%
  • Global BTS W-CDMA/HSPA TRx shipments are expected to decline by 18%
  • Global BTS GSM/EDGE TRx shipments are expected to decline by 11%

More information HERE.


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