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Sep 01, 2015


Altair’s FourGee-1160 Offers Cost-Optimized, Low-Power Communication for Terminals in M2M Applications

HOD HASHARON, Israel – September 1, 2015 –Altair Semiconductor, a leading provider of LTE chipsets, today announced a demonstration with Ericsson, designed to illustrate LTE’s Release 12 Power Save Mode (PSM) attributes of Altair’s FourGee-1160 Cat-1/0 chipset within an Ericsson-populated infrastructure. The demo will take place at next week’s Super Mobility Week event in Las Vegas.

“PSM is an excellent optimization tool for a variety of LTE power-conscious IoT applications,” said Eran Eshed, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Altair. “We’re trailblazing along with our ecosystem partners to bring these solutions to market. The FourGee-1160 is the only true Cat-1 chipset in the market today. It is now also the first to offer the PSM capability.”

PSM, as specified by 3GPP Release 12, enables terminals to enter a deep-sleep mode for long periods of time after notifying the base station. This reduces significantly the amount of power associated with frequent communication requests normally sent by the base station.

“Long battery life is a key enabler for large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) adoption, and what’s typically being asked for is battery durations of 10 years or more. PSM is effectively addressing the challenge of battery life, enabling and optimizing a multitude of IoT use cases with relatively infrequent communication requirements between end points and the network. It is a software upgrade only on the existing LTE network,” said Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Radio Marketing and Communications at Ericsson. “This demo between Ericsson and Altair will highlight the dramatic gains PSM enables, in terms of battery time for applications like alarms, smart gas/water meters and other sensors.”

The demo will take place at Ericsson’s Super Mobility Week Booth #4322 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV, from September 9-11.

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About Altair Semiconductor

Altair Semiconductor is a leading provider of single-mode LTE chipsets. Altair’s portfolio covers the complete spectrum of cellular 4G market needs, from supercharged video-centric applications all the way to ultra-low power, low cost IoT and M2M. Altair has shipped millions of LTE chipsets to date, commercially deployed on the world’s most advanced LTE networks including Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Softbank. The company’s customer roster includes some of the world’s leading OEMs and ODMs, such as Hewlett-Packard, ASUS and D-Link, as well as the majority of Asian ODMs developing LTE products for global markets. For more information, visit Follow Altair on Twitter: @AltairSemi