Acorn Technologies Licenses hellaPHY to Sequans Communications

Acorn’s hellaPHY family of IP cores for IoT to CAT 15 devices

LA JOLLA, Calif. –  Acorn Technologies, Inc., a semiconductor and telecom company, today announced that Sequans Communications (NYSE: SQNS), a 4G chipmaker and leading provider of single-mode LTE chipset solutions to wireless device manufacturers worldwide, has licensed the company’s hellaPHY for LTE. Sequans Communications is considering hellaPHY for use in future products.

“We are always exploring techniques to improve performance and power efficiency as we look to meet future 3GPP standards requirements and the needs of a diverse range of IoT applications. Acorn Technologies has developed a collection of IP blocks that are helpful in this regard,” said Bertrand Debray, COO, Sequans.

“Our hellaPHY IP cores will help to enable features such as indoor location services in a power efficient manner for IoT to CAT 15 devices that are compliant with FCC E-911 mandates as well as provide spectral efficiency enhancements that improve network throughput. We’re delighted to be working with Sequans.” said Tom Horgan, CEO, Acorn Technologies.

Acorn’s hellaPHY is a suite of advanced receiver IP cores that make the wireless experience better and significantly improve spectral efficiency. The hellaPHY suite includes unique channel estimation and parameter estimation algorithms that are well suited for LTE advanced features and beyond. These features include accurate OTDOA positioning, eMBMS, CoMP and Massive MIMO. The accuracy these algorithms provide in increasingly challenging operating environments will have benefits well beyond 4G and address critical needs for the upcoming 5G standards.

About Sequans Communications

Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a 4G chipmaker and leading provider of single-mode LTE chipset solutions to wireless device manufacturers worldwide. Sequans offers two LTE product lines: StreamrichLTE™, optimized for feature-rich mobile computing and home/portable router devices, and StreamliteLTE™, optimized for M2M and IoT (Internet of Things) devices.  Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. Visit Sequans online at

About Acorn Technologies

Acorn Technologies is leading provider of performance scaling semiconductor and mobile computing innovations and has a significant portfolio of technologies that address technology performance at the base of the semiconductor and telecom markets. These include improved silicon strain and low contact resistance technologies to improve semiconductor transistor performance, spectral efficiency, interference rejection, and enhanced location based IP for 4G wireless. With nearly 200 patents issued and applied for in the fields of semiconductor process and wireless communication, Acorn Technologies is bringing innovation and IP to address the fundamental building blocks for high performance mobile computing and wireless semiconductor devices. For more information, visit

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