Altair Semiconductor Leads 2010 Worldwide LTE Chipset Rollout
12/13/2010
Maturity of Altair's FourGee™ chipsets has Company poised to capitalize on worldwide shift to LTE in 2011

Hod HaSharon, Israel – December 13 – Altair Semiconductor (www.altair-semi.com), the world's leading developer of ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G LTE chipsets, announced today year-end achievements for 2010, highlighted by the company's worldwide leadership position in commercializing 4G LTE chipsets for use in a wide-range of products, including USB modems, CPEs, Smartphones and handheld devices. 

At Mobile World Congress in February 2010, Altair announced a strategic interoperability testing (IOT) cooperation with ZTE Corporation, which had successfully demonstrated one of the first commercial-grade LTE systems. 

Altair announced in November that it had been selected by Polish service provider Mobyland to power the first commercial-grade deployment available on a 1800MHz LTE network. The device, an LTE USB modem developed by IPWireless, a leading provider of 3GPP technology for new applications and markets, supports multiple frequency bands including the 800MHz digital dividend band, 1800MHz and 2.5GHz. 

Throughout 2010, Altair conducted extensive IOT with four tier-one infrastructure vendors in nine distinct LTE FDD/TDD bands, which included advanced system level testing with mobility and hand-over scenarios, while simultaneously demonstrating Category-3 throughputs of 100Mbps down and 50Mbs up. 

"While 2010 has been a great year for Altair in terms of evolving our product line and maturing our solutions, the most exciting achievement is the fact that our technology is commercially-ready," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor. "We’ve built a robust pipeline of customers which we will be announced as their products release to market and we look forward to continuing to lead the rollout of 4G LTE solutions in 2011, bringing the power of 4G to hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide." 

Additional highlights from 2010 include:
• Establishment of new international offices in China and Japan
• Active participation in six service provider field trials
• Release of a single software load for FDD and TDD terminals
• Release of reference designs in various bands including the digital dividend band and three TD-LTE bands
• Signing up of nine OEM/ODM partners in Taiwan, China, Europe and the US

Altair's FourGee-3100/6200 is a 3GPP LTE chipset that supports LTE throughputs of 100Mbps/50Mbps DL/UL respectively. The chipset implements a 20MHz MIMO receiver and is based on a proprietary O²P™ Software Defined Radio (SDR) processor which offers performance which significantly exceeds traditional communications DSP cores, yet consumes a fraction of the power. The FourGee-3100/6200 supports both FDD and TDD variants using a single software, and covers any LTE frequency band in the range between 700-2700MHz. The combined chipset offers terminal manufacturers a true global solution. 

About Altair Semiconductor
Altair Semiconductor is the world's leading developer of ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G semiconductors. The company's products provide device manufacturers integrating 4G LTE technology into their products with a highly power-optimized, robust and cost-effective solution. Altair’s comprehensive product portfolio includes baseband processors, multi-band RF transceivers for both FDD and TDD bands, and a range of reference hardware and product level protocol stack software. Based on a novel, proprietary Software Defined Radio (SDR) processor, codenamed “O2P™”, Altair’s products are the smallest and most highly power optimized in the industry, offering an unmatched combination of flexibility and performance. For more information, visit the company's website at www.altair-semi.com. Follow Altair on Twitter: @AltairSemi



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