Sunday, March 1, 2015

Altair Offers Optimized LTE Chipset for IoT

Altair Semiconductor has begun sampling its new FourGee-1160 and FourGee-1150 Category-1 and Category-0 LTE chipsets targeting the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

CAT-1 and CAT-0 are lower speed and power versions of the LTE standard which dramatically extend the addressable market for carriers and chip makers alike. The chipsets are optimized for long-term battery operation in small devices, such as wearables, sensors, etc.

"While chipsets supporting these lower categories are essential for numerous applications, including wearable devices, smart home and smart metering, there has been an industry development gap that we had anticipated two years ago," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Altair. "We've worked hard to address this gap by being first to market with true CAT-1 and 0 chipsets featuring a power/size/cost combination that is a massive game-changer."

Key features:

  • Extremely low power consumption enabling between weeks and years of operation, based on the use case scenario
  • Highly integrated chipset with embedded power management and direct battery connection
  • Embedded MCU subsystem with virtualized, customizable application layer and a robust security framework
  • Rich set of host, peripheral and sensor interfaces typical to IoT and M2M applications
  • Supports VoLTE, OTDOA positioning and seamless integration with industry standard GPS and A-GNSS chipsets
  • SDR-based, software upgradeable to support 3GPP Release 12 and 13 features
  • Miniature footprint, available in both BGA package and as bumped dies

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