SAN MATEO, USA: Wavesat Inc., a leading supplier of Broadband Wireless semiconductor solutions, announced that Alpha Networks of Hsinchu, ROC has sampled the Odyssey 9010, the first in Wavesat’s “9000” series of LTE chipsets, and has selected it for inclusion in a forthcoming line of USB dongles, CPEs (consumer premises equipment), and other consumer broadband devices.
Wavesat’s award winning multi-protocol architecture allows the Odyssey 9010 to support multiple 4G technologies, including LTE and WiMAX, on the same silicon.
One of the first LTE chipsets to feature CAT-3 performance (100 Mb/s downlink, 50 Mb/s uplink) for mobile devices including USB dongles, data cards, mobile handsets and MIDs, the Odyssey 9010 is a highly integrated SOC with industry leading performance and low power consumption that also features a highly flexible and programmable architecture capable of easy adaptation to LTE’s evolving requirements.
The Odyssey 9010 presents an innovative approach to 4G solutions and has been sampling since 4Q 2009. This exciting new chipset supports both FDD and TDD duplex schemes and comes complete with an LTE protocol stack including MAC, RLC, PDCP, RRC and NAS layers, as well as reference design kits for manufacturing dongles and CPE.
“We are very excited by the latest milestone in the market penetration of the Odyssey 9010, the next generation of multi-protocol baseband processors,” said Raj Singh, President and CEO of Wavesat. “We have had exceptional take-up from OEMs as well as carriers for this product and are seeing significant demand for both trials and deployment."
“Commercial availability of LTE services is quickly approaching and this announcement is further evidence that service providers and ODMs such as Alpha are moving quickly to make sure consumers will have the 4G devices necessary to access those networks,” said Daryl Schoolar, Principal Analyst – Mobile Access, Current Analysis. “This endorsement of Wavesat’s Odyssey architecture gives Wavesat increased market credibility for its LTE solutions and helps better position the company to take advantage of the growing LTE opportunity.”
Alpha Networks, a leader in the networking ODM/OEM industry, announced further investment in wireless broadband, followed by continued product development and cultivation. In anticipation of partner requirements and customer demand, Alpha leverages its experience in IP-based networks (such as IMS and VoIP) in the mobile networking industry to offer reliable and varied terminal devices.
The Odyssey 9000 family of chipsets incorporates a unique hybrid architecture with a combination of highly efficient DSPs and hardware acceleration blocks, easily scaling to support CAT-4 (150 Mb/s downlink) devices. The ongoing development of the Odyssey 9010 – and the next Odyssey chipset, the 9050, signals Wavesat’s commitment to creating a new level of integrated 4G infrastructure.