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May 04, 2016


Altair’s Low-Power, Low-Cost FourGee-1160 to Serve as Engine for New LTE-Only IoT Offering

HOD HASHARON, Israel –– May 4, 2016 –  Altair Semiconductor, a leading provider of LTE chipsets, today announced that the FourGee-1160 CAT-1 chipset has successfully completed AT&T’s ADAPT chipset validation process.

The ADAPT achievement improves time- to-market and reduces the cost associated with the introduction of new Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

This validation comes on the heels of AT&T’s January launch of a new family of LTE modules for IoT devices, including Altair’s FourGee-1160 as the engine behind its M14A2A – LTE-Only CAT-1 module. Altair’s IoT cellular roadmap including CAT-1, and CAT-M1/M2, will fundamentally disrupt the competitive dynamics between cellular IoT and proprietary LPWA technologies, enabling the offering of price/power competitive solutions to a growing IoT customer base.

“AT&T’s IoT strategy is consistent with where we see things going, so we want to be there to support them, whether it’s with broadband, CAT-1 or, soon enough, CAT-M,” said Eran Eshed, Co-founder and VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Altair.

The Altair chipset enables cost- and feature-optimized modules and devices that support advanced features such as VoLTE and LWM2M device management. The FourGee-1160 also integrates a power-optimized MCU subsystem with enhanced security, facilitating end device applications running on the LTE baseband chip without the need for an external MCU. “Businesses depend on IoT solutions for gathering near real-time information on assets around the world,” said Cameron Coursey, vice president, product development, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “This LTE chipset provides a low-cost solution, opening up the market to more customers and devices. We’re excited to see innovative companies such as Altair lead the ecosystem in this important direction.” Altair’s CAT-1 optimized FourGee-1160 chipset extends the battery life of IoT devices by employing advanced idle and sleep mode power management.

Potential applications include smart meters, car telematics, security systems and smart home devices, as well as other sensors and edge devices.