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Jun 14, 2017

Narrowband cellular IoT chipset handles GNSS functions

Aimee Kalnoskas – EE World


Altair Semiconductor demonstrated GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) functionality integrated in its new ALT1250 narrowband CAT-M1 and NB1 (NB-IoT) chipset. The ALT1250 is the only narrowband cellular IoT chipset in the market today that incorporates GNSS/GPS functionality.

“Location determination is essential in many IoT applications – including asset tracking, vehicle monitoring and wearable devices. Satellite positioning is the most accurate method for doing that,” said Eran Eshed, Co-founder and VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Altair. “Integrating GNSS functionality in the ALT1250 significantly reduces the overall cost of IoT solutions while offering state of the art, low power satellite positioning capabilities in a miniature package. The market is responding well to it.”

In addition to GNSS functionality, the ALT1250’s extreme level of integration eliminates the need for most external components required to design a cellular IoT module. Approximately the size of a shirt button and less than 100mm2 in size, an ALT1250 module features support for both Release 13 standards – CAT-M1 and NB1, and includes a wideband RF front-end supporting unlimited combinations of LTE bands within a single hardware design, a multi-layered and hardware-based security framework, an internal application MCU subsystem and packaging that enables standard, low-cost PCB manufacturing.

“Altair continues to lead the narrowband cellular IoT market with the most integrated, feature-rich and cost-efficient chipsets available,” added Eshed. “We called the ALT1250 a game-changer when we announced it several months ago – integrated GNSS is one of a large set of groundbreaking innovations offered by this chip.”

For more details on the ALT1250, visit .

The demonstration of the ALT1250 in action, including the GNSS capability, will be presented today at the Sierra Wireless Innovation Summit, being held at the Paris Novotel Tour Eiffel in Paris, France.


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