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Altera and Wi-LAN Form Partnership to Offer First Programmable WiMAX BTS Modem Solution



Leading Programmable Logic and IP Providers Deliver Compliant, Low-Cost Modem Solution for the IEEE 802.16-2004 Standard

WiMAX World Conference and Expo 2005, Boston, MA, October 26, 2005—Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) and Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) today announced the formation of a partnership to deliver the first programmable, low-cost WiMAX-compliant base transceiver station (BTS)modem solution supporting the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. The solution allows base station developers to deliver WiMAX-compliant products that can be upgraded in the field by service providers in response to changing customer requirements and market conditions. TheDesigners can use either Altera’s high-density Stratix® II or low-cost Cyclone II FPGAs, as well as Nios® II embedded processors, with Wi-LAN’s WiMAX PHY and MAC intellectual property (IP) cores to build the BTS modem solution. These technologies support the diverse hardware requirements, processing speeds, flexibility and integration required of the WiMAX standard. programmability of Altera’s FPGAs, which form an integral part of the solution, also provides developers with the flexibility to rapidly make changes to their design and still meet their time to market goals.

"We partnered with Altera because their comprehensive product portfolio is ideal for addressing the varied needs of WiMAX applications, including performance-intensive digital signal processing, cost optimization and high integration," said John Seliga, senior vice president and general manager of Wi-LAN’s WiMAX semiconductor IP solutions division. "The combination of Altera’s FPGAs and embedded processors and Wi-LAN’s 802.16-2004 MAC and PHY intellectual property provides WiMAX OEMs with significant competitive advantages by minimizing development time and resources, maximizing first-time success and accelerating time-to-market."

"With the impending commercialization of WiMAX services, OEMs need solutions that allow them to reduce their design cycle, while service providers require the ability to easily implement and update emerging WiMAX applications," said Arun Iyengar, senior director of Altera’s wireless business unit. "Expanding Altera’s wireless ecosystem by partnering with leading IP providers such as Wi-LAN further demonstrates our commitment to enable deployment of new standards and services for the wireless market."

Altera’s WiMAX solutions can be seen in booth 315, and Wi-LAN’s WiMAX solutions can be seen at booth 106 at the WiMAX World Conference and Expo 2005, Boston World Trade Center, October 26-28.

For more information on Altera’s wireless solutions, please visit For information on accelerating WiMAX designs using Altera FPGAs, please visit For information on Wi-LAN’s WiMAX semiconductor IP solutions, please visit


Customers can purchase high-density Stratix II FPGAs, low-cost Cyclone II FPGAs and Nios II embedded processors through Altera’s worldwide distributors. The Wi-LAN MAC and PHY IP and design documentation are available for purchase from Wi-LAN at

About Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN is a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, offering businesses, including telecom service providers, and government enterprises effective, economic and secure wireless high-speed communications solutions. Wi-LAN specializes in high-speed Internet access, data network extension, wireless Voice-over-IP and wireless data and telephony backhaul, utilizing its high quality products and industry-leading technologies. Wi-LAN is a charter member of the WiMAX Forum ( Wi-LAN's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WIN." Detailed information on Wi-LAN can be found at

About Altera

Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world’s pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at

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