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WiMAX Mini-PCI - Wavesat

Wavesat and Sanmina-SCI announce agreement to bring WiMAX Mini-PCI to market

March 20, 2006

World’s First Low-Cost and High-Quality WiMAX 3.5 GHz Mini-PCI Modules Available to OEM/ODMs worldwide

Montreal, Canada -- Wavesat, developer of WiMAX chipset and software, and Sanmina-SCI, a leading global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company, announced today an agreement for production and cost optimization of the WiMAX Mini-PCI. The low-cost, small-form factor WiMAX 3.5 GHz Mini-PCI modules are now available for volume delivery anywhere in the world.

The WiMAX Mini-PCI modules are based on Wavesat’s recently launched WiMAX 3.5 GHz Mini-PCI reference design, and incorporates Wavesat’s Evolutive™ DM256 chipset and MAC coprocessor. Plus, the WiMAX Mini-PCI modules are fully compliant with the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard, offer easy upgradeability to 802.16e-2005 for basic mobility applications, and support TDD and HFDD, 3.5 and 7.0 MHz bandwidths and modulation up to 64-QAM.

"We are excited to be working with a WiMAX pacesetter such as Wavesat," said David Dutkowsky, EVP for Sanmina-SCI’s Communications Infrastructure Division. "Wavesat’s unique WiMAX expertise and strategic positioning, in conjunction with our manufacturing capability and international presence, will result in tangible benefits for the WiMAX industry worldwide."

"With world-class manufacturing facilities in more than 20 countries on five continents, Sanmina-SCI is a proven leader in contract manufacturing and global fulfillment, especially for advanced telecommunications systems," added Wavesat’s President and CEO Michel Guay. "Sanmina-SCI’s ability to simultaneously have local presence and global reach will facilitate our customers’ access to mini-PCI in volume as well as offer customized and adaptable manufacturing solutions tailored to their unique requirements."

Wavesat’s Evolutive™ WiMAX Products
Wavesat’s award-winning Evolutive™ WiMAX DM256 product portfolio is a complete and cost-effective solution supporting all the necessary features to design base stations and subscriber units for both licensed and license-exempt radio frequencies. It consists of a full-range of standard-based integrated circuits, software and reference designs supporting WiMAX 802.16-2004 certification and intended for forward compatibility with 802.16e-2005 for basic mobility. It also features the first WiMAX Forum Certified CPE design. Chosen by ODMs and OEMs worldwide, Wavesat products fit design requirements for Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) as well as Base Station infrastructures (Carrier’s facilities), providing effective wireless connectivity for a wide range of network sizes and coverage from urban to rural applications.

About Wavesat
Founded in 1993, Wavesat Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company focused on the development and supply of baseband chips for WiMAX compliant systems. Wavesat is headquartered in Montreal, Canada where it conducts research and development activities. Wavesat is a privately held company. Key investors include BDC Venture Capital, Monet Capital, Multiple Capital, Pac-Link Management Corp., Skypoint Capital Corporation, Solidarity Fund QFL and Sunsino Ventures Group.

Wavesat is a Principal member of the WiMAX Forum, a nonprofit corporation formed to certify the compatibility and interoperability of Broadband Wireless devices conforming to the 802.16 wireless MAN and ETSI HiperMAN specifications and to help accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace.

Wavesat received the first WiMAX Forum Certification for a CPE Design. Wavesat was awarded the 2005 Frost&Sullivan Technology Leadership Award and 2005 InfoVision Award for its unique Evolutive™ WiMAX Series.

For more information:

Isabelle Pilon
Marketing Communications Specialist
Tel. 514.684.0200, ext.388

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Tel 514.739.1188, ext. 22

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