Sequans samples LTE chip

While Intel and the telcos squabble over the meaning of 4G, Sequans said it has started sampling its first LTE chip.

The chip, the SQN3010, will be delivered to China Mobile. China Mobile is going to demonstrate the world’s first TD-LTE demo network at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. That starts in May.

Sequans said the SQN3010 is a baseband system on a chip (SoC) complying with the 3GPP R8 standard, and giving UE category 3 throughput of 100Mbps using a 20MHz channel.

Its partners – those include Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent, will provide TD-LTE USB dongles to China Mobile for visitors to the World Expo.

Alcatel-Lucent will provide TD-LTE units to other operators in Asia, said Sequans, including a 2.5-2.6GHz band model.

Sequans also makes a mobile WiMAX chip with the eciting cognomen of the SQN1210.