Press Release Summary:
Available in CAT-M1 and NB1 chipsets, ALT1250 Cellular IoT Chips come in sizes of less than 100 mm^2. Units design requires only few external components. Chips come with integrated GPS receiver, MCU subsystem and a wideband RF front-end to support unlimited LTE bands combination.
Original Press Release:
Altair Introduces the ALT1250, the Most Advanced and Integrated Narrowband CAT-M1 and NB1 Cellular IoT Chip
Leading Chipset Provider Unveils Miniature and Feature-Rich Chipset Platform to Support Next Generation of IoT Applications
Altair Semiconductor (altair-semi.com), a leading provider of LTE chipsets, today introduced the ALT1250, a narrowband CAT-M1 and NB1 (NB-IoT) chipset that redefines the cellular IoT connectivity space, featuring global band support, advanced security and location capabilities far surpassing the functionality of existing chipsets.
"With carriers expected to begin operating IoT services on CAT-M1 and NB1 networks by the middle of the year, the new ALT1250 comes at the right time. It possesses the much anticipated combination of features, power and cost required to support massive rollout of such services," said Eran Eshed, Co-founder and VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Altair. "We've taken a fresh look at what the market expects from us, and produced the most integrated, feature rich and cost-optimized chipset we've ever developed."
The ALT1250's extreme level of integration eliminates most of the external components required to design a cellular IoT module. Approximately the size of a shirt button and less than 100mm^2 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, an integrated GPS receiver, a multi-layered and hardware-based security framework, an internal application MCU subsystem and packaging that enables standard, low-cost PCB manufacturing.
"Altair's new ALT1250 chipset is a true Low Power Wide Area solution for IoT," said Philippe Guillemette, CTO for Sierra Wireless. "As a market leader in IoT, Sierra Wireless is always in pursuit of the best chipset platforms that will enable us to offer highly differentiated products to our customers. We believe the ALT1250 will provide us with that kind of a competitive edge, on top of which we can build our added value and features to meet our customers' needs."
"This chipset is a real game-changer," added Eshed. "The long debate is over regarding how competitive cellular chipsets can be compared to proprietary LPWA. The ALT1250 is the evidence that cellular technologies are not only superior in functionality, reliability and security, but are also as cost-efficient or more compared to non-cellular options."
For more details on the ALT1250, visit https://altair-semi.com/products/alt1250/.
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, Softbank and KT (Korea Telecom). The company's customer roster includes some of the world's leading OEMs and ODMs, such as Hewlett-Packard, ASUS, D-Link and WNC, as well as the majority of Asian ODMs developing LTE products for global markets. For more information, visit http://www.altair-semi.com.