November - 2009 issue > Spotlight: Wireless
Wavesat: A Pioneer to be on 4G
By si Team
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
At the forefront of leading edge 4G technology, Canadian chip firm Wavesat is a company that has for the past nine years focused solely on OFDM and OFDMA technology giving it a very strong foundation in 4G. A provider of advanced semiconductor solutions to some of the world’s leading carrier and mobile device manufacturers to deploy future-proof broadband services and products, Wavesat is well ahead in terms of technology.

Founded in 1993, the company developed amplifiers for satellite communication. “Five years later, when WiMAX buzz was all around and the confusions about deployment of Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) protocols was looming large, Wavesat had already been producing OFDMA solutions for several years unlike its competitors,” says Raj Singh, CEO, Wavesat. OFDMA standards were adopted in the military point-to-point deployments and Wavesat developed chips for the same and already had the first OFDM chip in the market. “And it was easy for us to go for WiMAX deployments,” says Raj Singh, CEO, Wavesat.

Today, Wavesat makes multi-protocol chip sets that can process signals from a variety of 4G cellular networks compatible with wireless radio protocols such as LTE, WiMax Wave2, XGP. It’s relevant and sophisticated algorithmic experience met the needs of the 4G technology market, and enabled its mathematicians and physicists to adapt easily to a standards-based 4G world.

When Raj joined the company, he repositioned the company to focus on 4G, and tweaked its products to run on multiple protocols. Now, Wavesat’s products enable system makers to cut down the R&D costs. If a system vendor adopts multiple protocols, it would help him in going to multiple markets and not having to rethink about customizing it for each market.
One of its latest offering is the LTE chipset (Odyssey 9000 family of 4G Broadband Wireless chipsets) featuring 100 Mb/s downlink capability, which it showcased at the 4G World in Chicago last month. Having reached a mature stage with 85 employees, Wavesat looks forward to go public within the next three years.
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